Beauty and the Beast crosses $500 million mark


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has just crossed $500 million at the domestic box office after Saturday earnings were taken into account. This makes it the eighth movie ever to do so.

The film has been a box office favourite and one of the few bright spots of this year since it released on March 17 and went on record a $174.8 million opening weekend.

Overseas, the film has been a hit as well, earning over $732 million. Its worldwide total shows that it has made over $1.2 billion. Beauty and the Beast is currently the tenth highest grossing movie of all time behind Frozen.

Directed by Bill Condon, the film stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. The supporting cast includes Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Josh Gad

.Other films that broke $500 million domestically are Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.7 million); Avatar ($760.5 million); Titanic ($658.7 million); Jurassic World ($652.3 million); Marvel’s The Avengers ($623.4 million); The Dark Knight ($534.9 million) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($532.2 million).