Disney's Beauty and the Beast Scales New Highs at Box Office

  • Disney's Beauty and the Beast Scales New Highs at Box Office

Disney's Beauty and the Beast Scales New Highs at Box Office

Beauty and the Beast, Disney's latest live action adaptation of a cartoon classic, earned US$170 million during its debut this weekend, setting a new record for a March opening.

The movie also took in over $182 million overseas, bringing its total opening weekend gross to approximately $357 million.

"Beauty" swept aside the previous North American box-office leader, Warner Brothers" "Kong: Skull Island'; that movie's second-week take of $28.9 million was roughly half its opening weekend sales.

That total broke multiple Hollywood records, including one set a year ago by Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice for the biggest March opening.

And last but not least, Beauty and the Beast has allowed Disney to break a record of its own in the category of animated-film-turned-live-action-film. Some of their most recent hits are "Maleficent", "The Jungle Book" and "Cinderella". They're now developing movies based on Dumbo, Mulan and Aladdin.

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While you'll see dancing cutlery and trays in the finished film, that's not how it looked on set. It was also the seventh largest weekend box office number of all time.

Watson was reportedly offered United States dollars three million upfront, but her profits will likely end up being considerably larger upon the film's total gross. It earned $4.1 million in 1,341 theaters (or about a third the theaters "Beauty" played in). Though a $170 million opening is a tough act to follow, it's also a matter of Beauty and the Beast adding onto the grand total during opening week.

Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in a still from Hollywood movie Beauty and the Beast.

Kopp said the movie appeals to children and adults who grew up with the original 1991 animated version of "Beauty and the Beast".

No one could have imagined that Beauty would land the biggest domestic debut in nearly a year, when Marvel/Disney's Captain America: Civil War raked in $179.1 million on its first weekend in early May 2016. Lionsgate's The Shack finished fifth with an estimated $6.1 million.