The film arrived in theaters on March 17, making a record-setting $170 million domestic debut for a total of $350 million globally. "We expect FY18 to be DIS' best film slate ever with 4 Marvel films, 2 Star Wars film, and 3 animated films", analyst Drew Borst wrote in the note to clients late Monday.
Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book made almost $1 billion worldwide last year and Beauty and the Beast crossed that threshold this year. Disney is likely breathing a sigh of relief now, considering the movie's hefty budget came in at around $300 million, counting both production and marketing. It's the 29th title in history to hit $1 billion, a feat that 13 other Disney releases, mostly recently "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", have also accomplished. "Like Beauty and the Beast, all of these films have large consumer product opportunities which could drive upside at the studio and consumer products".
"From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive USA pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar", Netflix announced previous year.
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Produced by Vishesh Films and Play Entertainment, " Begum Jaan " marks Mukherji's directorial debut in Hindi films. Cinematographer Gopi Bhagat did a tremendous job in intensifying the watching experience.
If you're wondering what that light, effervescent popping sound is, it's the tune of millions of champagne bottles being uncorked in Disney offices around the world.
In terms of Disney's live-action fairy tale movies, it has also surpassed Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland to become the studio's biggest earner, a feat it achieved yesterday. Sound off in the comments section.