Beauty and The Beast joins ‘Billion Dollar’ Club


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 a 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.

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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