Those questions, the conversations around the movie, or maybe that it's just that kind of good, have inspired a box office take that will soon pass $1 billion. If you'd like to see it with the zeros, that's $1,000,000,000. Nine of them.
"On Tuesday, Beauty, starring Emma Watson as Belle, grossed $9.7 million for a worldwide total of $993.2 million," The Hollywood Reporter writes. "The tentpole has earned $435.9 million domestically and $557.3 million overseas, led by China ($85.2 million) and the U.K. ($75.3 million). Disney has plenty of reason to celebrate. Beauty and the Beast is the second of its live-action updates to cross $1 billion after Alice in Wonderland. Moreover, Disney will lay claim to 14 of the 29 movies to earn $1 billion or more."
That's a giant amount of money. We can't say we're shocked: Emma Watson is a huge star and the movie is a competent update of a gigantic property. Watson is already slated to blast past a $15 million take for the film, which seems set to climb only higher.