Disney's Beauty and the Beast has continued to bring in audiences, and now the cumulative tallies have broken an all-time record.
Beauty and the Beast has now become the top-grossing domestic PG film of all time. Disney had to actually best itself, as Finding Dory was the previous record holder with a domestic haul of $486.3 million and a worldwide total of $1.03 billion (via The Wrap). Beauty and the Beast has bested it in both regards, bringing in a domestic total of $487.7 million and a worldwide total of $1.19 billion. Disney seems to always be competing with itself, and to earn the top spot on the worldwide PG list it will have to beat Frozen, which currently sits at number one with $1.28 billion.
While some might scoff at the idea of that happening, it's a genuine possibility. Frozen took 34 weeks in theaters to arrive at that $1.28 billion total. Beauty and the Beast hit its $1.19 billion at just over 7 weeks. The film is tapering off, but it doesn't need much more to cement its place atop the Disney mountain.
Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belles eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Beauty and the Beast is in theaters now, while Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales lands on May 26, 2017. Cars 3 is next up, racing into theaters on July 14, 2017, with Pixar’s Coco hitting on November 22nd, 2017. Disney’s live action Cruella currently has no release date, and neither does Maleficent 2, The Jungle Book sequel, or the live-action Aladdin. Toy Story 4 hits on July 13, 2018, and the live-action Mulan is scheduled for November 2nd, 2018. Mary Poppins Returns lands shortly thereafter on December 25, 2018.