Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” danced passed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office today, becoming the 29th film to do so. It’s the 14th Disney release to join the billion-dollar club.
The studio released a video this morning to celebrate the milestone, and to thank fans around the globe.
“Beauty and the Beast” has earned more than $436 million at the North American box office since its premiere on March 17, and is the top-grossing release of the year in both the U.S. and worldwide box offices. The film opens next weekend in Japan.
The last five films to cross the $1 billion milestone worldwide have been Disney releases, with “Beauty and the Beast” preceded by “Zootopia,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Finding Dory” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
A remake of the 1991 hit, “Beauty and the Beast” continues Disney’s success in revisiting its animated classics with live-action films such as “Alice in Wonderland” and its sequel, “Cinderella,” “Maleficent” and “The Jungle Book.” The studio is also developing live-action versions of “The Lion King,” “Dumbo,” “Mulan” and others, including a film focusing on Cruella de Vil from “101 Dalmatians.”
Directed by Bill Condon, “Beauty and the Beast” stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.