“Beauty and the Beast” is set to crack the $500 million mark worldwide on Friday, just one week after its release. To date, this live action remake has raked in $218 million at 4,210 locations in the U.S. and another $272 million in 47 other markets. That combined total of $490 million puts this live-action remake far ahead of the 1991 animated classic, which made $425 million in all. 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. In today’s dollars, the 1991 total of $425 million would be about $725 million, a mark that the current version should hit in another week’s time.
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.