‘Beauty and the Beast’ breaks billion dollar mark worldwide in just four weeks

Beauty and the Beast” cracked the billion dollar mark worldwide, just four weeks after its release. To date, this live action remake has raked in $440 million in the U.S. and another $560 million in 47 other markets; it opens in Japan on April 21. That combined total puts this live-action remake far ahead of the 1991 animated classic, which made $425 million in all. In today’s dollars, that would be about $725 million.

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Back then, the box office was almost evenly split between domestic ($202 million) and foreign ($222 million). Today, global takings can be double that of domestic and this edition of “Beauty and the Beast” becomes the 29th film to go into the 10 figures.

Oscar-winner Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters”) helms this retelling of the 1991 original that was the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the title roles. While the box office is boffo, the reviews were less sensational. The critics were all over the map as to the merits of this remake. The movie scores 74 at Rotten Tomatoes and 64 at MetaCritic.

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