“Beauty and the Beast” Passes Cartoon Gross

Anti-gay campaigns from One Million Moms and the Malaysian censorship board have done absolutely nothing to slow down the success of the live-action film adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast”.

The original 1991 cartoon and its subsequent IMAX and 3D re-releases brought that film’s total to $425 million from cinemas worldwide. In just five days, Bill Condon’s live-action/CGI remake has topped that.

As of the end of Tuesday, the new ‘Beauty’ has taken $428 million worldwide and is expected to pass the $500 million global milestone by the end of the week.

Domestically it now stands at $219 million, only the fifth film to pass the $200 million domestic mark in five days – the others being “The Dark Knight,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” and “Captain America: Civil War”.

Even adjusted for inflation and modern ticket prices, the remake will surpass the original’s adjusted worldwide gross of $760 million in 2017 dollars, is expected to top $1 billion in worldwide grosses, and may even reach the $1.27 billion territory of “Frozen”.

The profits come as Disney exec Sean Bailey tells Deadline that the studio will explore various possibilities for prequels and spin-offs.

Source: The Wrap