“Beauty and the Beast” may take place in a little town, but the village has hardly been quiet. The reboot starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens crossed the $1 billion line at the worldwide box office, Disney announced in a statement issued Thursday.
This marks Disney’s second live-action remake to join the billionaires’ club, after “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010. “The Jungle Book” came close last year but ultimately stalled at $967 million.
Without accounting for inflation, “Beauty and the Beast” is easily the most lucrative non-animated movie musical of all time. It’s the 29th title in history to hit $1 billion, a feat that 13 other Disney releases, mostly recently “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” have also accomplished.
“Beast” has consistently overperformed at the box office, spending two weeks in the No. 1 spot and another two at No. 2. Released March 17, the movie took less than a month to accrue $1 billion. “Rogue One” required 39 days, and “Zootopia” and “Frozen” both spread the love across approximately three months. “Captain America: Civil War,” on the other hand, needed only three weeks.
This news signals a bright future for Disney’s live-action onslaught, with remakes of “Dumbo,” “Mulan,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid” and other classics on the horizon. Lukewarm reviews and lingering controversy over the so-called “exclusively gay moment” did not prevent “Beauty and the Beast” from finding more than enough guests.