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Director Bill Condon’s update of the classic 1991 animated film will achieve the milestone sometime on Wednesday or Thursday. (The entry of Fate of the Furious in a handful of foreign markets on Wednesday is clouding the forecast.)
On Tuesday, Beauty, starring Emma Watson as Belle, grossed $9.7 million for a worldwide total of $993.2 million. 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.
The studio’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, released in December 2016, was the last film to join the billion-dollar club, giving Disney four titles last year to accomplish that feat. The others were Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory and Zootopia.
Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Ian McKellen star.
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