Despite being a tale as old as time, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” still has plenty of box office life left in it. The recent live-action adaption debuted less than a month ago, but it’s already set to cross the $1 billion mark worldwide.
This is after the film broke records with its $174 million premiere, unexpectedly toppling “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” as the highest grossing March premiere weekend.
The movie’s extreme success affirms what many have already expected: when it comes to making money, Disney can do no wrong, and “Beauty and the Beast” is hardly the last live- action update you can expect to see if your childhood. So far this century’s already brought Tim Burton’s emo aesthetic “Alice in Wonderland,” villain origin story “Maleficent,” and the visually stunning “The Jungle Book,” and still in development are “Alladin,” “Mulan,” “The Lion King”, “The Little Mermaid,” “Cruella,” “Peter Pan” (as well as a standalone “Tinkerbell” film), “The Sword in the Stone,” “Pinnochio,” “Dumbo” and “Winnie the Pooh.”
Get ready to relive your childhood. Literally all of it.
Directed by Bill Condon, “Beauty and the Beast” stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Mauricer, Josh Gad as Lefou, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.