Tale as old as bank

By Joey Nolfi
April 13, 2017 at 11:04 AM EDT
Beauty and the Beast
Credit: Disney

Beauty and the Beast is a tale as old as time — and a moneymaking machine as green as a stack of a billion dollar bills.

Disney announced Thursday that its reimagining of the beloved 1991 animated classic has crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide ticket sales, maintaining its position as 2017’s top-earning picture as it settles into history as the highest-grossing live-action musical feature of all time, unadjusted for inflation.

In celebration of the monumental achievement, Disney has also released a special video commemoration highlighting several press stops from the film’s worldwide tour.

After debuting March 17 on domestic screens, Beauty and the Beast broke North American box office records, tallying the best opening ($174.8 million) of all time for its respective month of release. At press time, the film stands at $435.9 million in the U.S. and Canada, nearly doubling the haul of its closest yearly competitor, Logan ($218.9 million).

In terms of live-action musicals, Beauty and the Beast handily bests Grease‘s pre-inflation total of $188.8 million domestically. On the worldwide chart, only the film’s studio sibling, Frozen (the world’s best musical performer to date) has surpassed Beast‘s overall number, posting $1.3 billion around the globe between 2013 and 2014.

The film’s impressive performance at the box office comes shortly after Disney notched its best box office year on the books in 2016, earning over $3 billion between 16 individual releases (including last year’s No. 1 blockbuster Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) to pass the $2,278.6 billion domestic record it set for itself back in 2015.

Produced on a reported budget of $160 million, Beauty and the Beast — now playing in theaters nationwide — stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Stanley Tucci, and Ian McKellen.

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

  • Movie
  • PG
  • 129 minutes
  • Bill Condon