Box-Office Milestone: 'Beauty and the Beast' Twirls Past $500M in the U.S.

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The live-action update of the classic animated film now ranks No. 8 on the list of all-time top earners domestically, not accounting for inflation.

In a rare feat, Disney's Beauty and the Beast has crossed the $500 million mark at the North American box office.

Beauty and the Beast becomes only the eighth movie to achieve the milestone, not accounting for inflation. Directed by Bill Condon, the live-action update of the classic 1991 animated film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and Luke Evans as the arrogant Gaston.

All told, the movie has grossed $501 million domestically and $732 million internationally since its March 17 debut for a worldwide tally of $1.233 billion through today. Beauty and the Beast is doing bang-up business in its final international market — Japan — where it has earned $87 million to date.

Globally, Beauty ranks as the tenth top-grossing film of all time, again, not adjusting for inflation.

Domestically, Beauty and the Beast joins an elite group of films managing to cross the $500 million threshold:  Disney/Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($936.7 million), Fox's Avatar ($760.5 million), Fox/Paramount's Titanic ($658.7 million), Universal's Jurassic World ($652.3 million), Disney/Marvel's The Avengers ($623.4 million), Warner Bros.' The Dark Knight ($534.9 million) and Disney/Lucasfilm's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($532.2 million).

Beauty and the Beast is the top-grossing title of the year to date. The movie also stars Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Ian McKellen.

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