"'Beauty and the Beast" scores big times at Box Office this weekend

Candice Alexander
March 21, 2017

The film, featuring "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson as Belle to the frightening Beast played by Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey" fame, set a number of benchmarks, including the biggest debut ever for a PG title both domestically and in foreign markets, where it took $182.3 million.

Bill Condon's brand new film, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, has also been breaking records over in the United States, taking $170 million during opening weekend.

Starring British actors Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the lead roles, the $160 million U.S. production updates the beloved 1991 animated film and is the latest of Disney's live-action reboots.

With Beauty and the Beast, Disney has found all the right elements to ensure that they have a movie worthy of the record-breaking amount it's making at the worldwide box office this weekend.

Disney has stumbled upon another great way to make big money with their live-action adaptations of classic cartoons, but as The Jungle Book made clear, they're far from soulless cash grabs. Many more are on the way, too, including those for "Dumbo", "Mulan", "Aladdin" and "The Lion King". Last year, Disney's "Finding Dory" debuted with a then-PG-best $135 million.

Beauty and the Beast is expected to reach the coveted US$1 billion mark in global receipts before the end of its cinematic run. And after Malaysian censors required an edit of the scene, Disney pulled the film from release in the predominantly Muslim nation. BATB also had the No. 1 bow of 2017 in those markets as well as Italy, Sweden and Brazil, among others. The film's $4 million intake is almost enough to recoup its tiny budget, but not enough to put a dent in the earnings of March's enduring champs. Beauty And The Beast " s success actually carries faint echoes of another big-budget love story, a 20-year-old smash that similarly captured the interest of multiple film-going groups.

It reached the seventh rank for the biggest premiere for a movie while "Ironman" is still at the third place with $174.1 million. "Beauty and the Beast" centers on Belle, an independent and lovely village girl, and the Beast, a prince who was cursed by an enchantress because he had no love in his heart.

Disney was already expecting a hit weeks before Beauty hit theaters.

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