Back in 2016, Walt Disney Studios has proven yet again that they are box office juggernauts with hit films like Zootopia, Moana, and The Jungle Book. In 2017, the major production studio is looking to beat their rivals once more with the live-action adaptation of the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ 2017: Hundreds of Presale Showtimes Sold Out
Even though it won’t hit the cinemas until March 17, Beauty and the Beast has already outdone presale tickets of superhero films and another Disney blockbuster.
Tickets for the remake of the 1991 animated movie went on sale last Monday and Fandango has already reported that it has surpassed Finding Dory. The Pixar-Disney collaboration garnered more than a billion dollars in ticket sales worldwide.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the main characters. Rounding up the ensemble cast are Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Emma Thompson. The final trailer for the movie was released last January 30, 2017. Not only did it include snippets from the highly anticipated movie, but fans could also hear a clip of Ariana Grande and John Legend‘s “Beauty and the Beast” duet.
Aside from ticket sales, Disney has also been rolling out film merchandise. Among these are Funko Pop, Build-a-Bear, and other licensed products.
Disney Lists 18 Live-Action Remakes
Beauty and the Beast is the next film in a roster of live-action remakes listed by Disney, six of which have already been ushered to theaters. So far, the studio has been receiving success for their past releases. Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and The Jungle Book have all earned past the $500 million mark.
A sequel to Maleficent and The Jungle Book is said to be currently in the works. Disney is reportedly canceling any plans for future Alice in Wonderland films as the movie did not perform well during its theatrical run back in 2016.
Among the other titles announced are remakes of The Lion King, an untitled Aladdin remake based on the Genie, an origin story of Cruella de Vil starring Emma Stone, Mary Poppins and Mulan. Another exciting project that is sure to be a big hit is The Little Mermaid adaptation, which Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda is attached to star in.