Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide

  • Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide

Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide

The film was already considered 2017's highest-grosser worldwide, but the box office draw this week catapulted it into in a different category; it's now the highest-grossing live-action movie musical in history.

On Monday, Piper Jaffray released its semi-annual survey of USA teens, and Disney ruled the list of most anticipated films in that key demographic. Check out a short new video featuring a special look at the Beauty and the Beast worldwide tour below! However, it gave Disney the additional nod thanks to the power of its film division, which should drive record earnings this year and next.

Even more good news for the movie, which stars Emma Watson as Belle, is that it's been less than a month since it hit US theaters on March 17 and it still has time to sell even more tickets during a relatively quiet time for blockbusters.

This marks Disney's second live-action remake to join the billionaires' club, after "Alice in Wonderland" in 2010.

Beauty and the Beast's stellar cast includes Emma Watson (Belle), Dan Stevens (The Beast), Luke Evans (Gastons), Josh Gad (Le Fou), Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts) and more.

Director Bill Condon's update of Disney's classic 1991 animated film likely will achieve the milestone by Thursday. 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.