‘Beauty and the Beast’ Dances Past Half-Billion Domestic Mark at Box Office

Disney’s live-action remake is the biggest hit of 2017

Beauty and the Beast

After ten weeks in theaters, Disney’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” has passed $500 million at the domestic box office, making the Emma Watson/Dan Stevens film the biggest hit of 2017.

“Beauty” passed the mark Saturday with a reported three-day total in its tenth frame of $1.6 million from 1,073 locations, establishing it as the eighth film to pass the half-billion mark in the U.S. Disney now holds the last three films to hit this mark, having also reached it with their two “Star Wars” releases, “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One.”

The other films that have reached a half-billion domestically are “Avatar,” “Titanic,” “Jurassic World,” “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight.”

The worldwide total for “Beauty and the Beast” is now at $1.23 billion, putting it tenth on the highest grossing movies of all-time list behind another Disney release, “Frozen.” Combined with “The Jungle Book” and “Cinderella,” Disney’s live action remakes have grossed over $2.7 billion worldwide, proving that Disney’s plan to mine their catalogue has been a lucrative one indeed.

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The remake campaign continues next year with “Mulan,” which will be directed by Niki Caro and is slated for a November 2018 release. Other remakes planned include Jon Favreau’s take on “The Lion King” and Guy Ritchie’s spin on “Aladdin.”