Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

'Beauty and the Beast' is Philippines' new top film of all time

'Beauty and the Beast' is Philippines' new top film of all time

The reboot starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens crossed the $1 billion line at the worldwide box office, Disney announced in a statement issued Thursday.

Borst cited how the social media traffic on Twitter for "Beauty and the Beast" is 22 percent higher in the 21 days post-release compared with the previous most-mentioned Disney film "Finding Dory".

Even more good news for the movie, which stars Emma Watson as Belle, is that it's been less than a month since it hit USA theaters on March 17 and it still has time to sell even more tickets during a relatively quiet time for blockbusters.

Disney can pat itself on the back, as "Beauty and the Beast" is its second live-action film to break $1 billion ("Alice in Wonderland" was first), The Hollywood Reporter noted. Considering this, Disney won't stop remaking its animated classics in live action anytime soon.

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Box Office Mojo hasn't quite caught up to the $1 billion toll at this point, still listing "Beauty and the Beast" at just over $986 million at the worldwide box office, from its $160 million production budget.

Before its release, "Beauty and the Beast" was embroiled in an issue regarding an "exclusively gay moment" between Gaston and LeFou. Speaking to Mashable, the actress said that Belle's passion for books, her love for her father and her tenacity breaks away from the female stereotype in romance movies.

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