Congratulations to Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" for joining the billion-dollar club.
The studio proudly announced today that the Emma Watson movie has now passed $1 billion at the global box office, "making it 2017's highest-grossing film worldwide to date, the highest grossing live-action movie musical of all time and a global phenomenon."
In celebration, Disney posted this brief look at the "Beauty and the Beast" worldwide tour, writing, "To our fans around the world: Thank you for being our guest and helping Beauty and the Beast cross $1 Billion at the global box office."
Box Office Mojo hasn't quite caught up to the $1 billion toll at this point, still listing "Beauty and the Beast" at just over $986 million at the worldwide box office, from its $160 million production budget. At the moment -- and likely only for the moment -- "Beauty" is currently ranked No. 29 on the list of highest-grossing films, just ahead of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and behind "The Dark Knight." However, "The Dark Knight" made just over $1 billion, so it's possible "Beauty" has dethroned it by now.
It's hard to make direct comparisons to films from several decades ago, but -- if you're curious -- Disney's 1991 animated "Beauty and the Beast" made about $425 million around the world from its $25 million budget.
The Disney/Pixar/Lucasfilm/Marvel universe is all over that list of top-grossing films, and we have to imagine both Marvel and Lucasfilm will add more titles soon, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and continuing "Star Wars" saga and standalone films.
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Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast's hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside. Read More