“Beauty and the Beast” cracked the $770 million mark worldwide on Thursday (March 30), just two weeks after its release. To date, this live action remake has raked in $350 million at 4,210 locations in the U.S. and another $420 million in 47 other markets. 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.
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” should easily top the the $1 billion mark.
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.