Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

'Beauty and the Beast' smashes records, proves to be beast in sales


The film brought in an impressive US$170 million, well above analyst expectations of US$130 million to US$150 million.

-Plenty of moviegoers chose to be the guest of Belle and her prince this past weekend, with the Disney live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast" setting a new record for a March opening weekend.

The film, featuring "Harry Potter" veteran Emma Watson as a charming Belle to the frightening Beast played by Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey" fame, set a record for a March opening in North America, Exhibitor Relations reported. It topped the previous March opening weekend record of $166 million set by Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice a year ago and also the seventh largest opening weekend ever.

Beauty and the Beast is a live-action remake of 1991 animated movie of the same name. It'll be close; the previous record, held by Batman V Superman, stands at $166 million.

Live action versions of Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan and Peter Pan are reportedly already in production - and more could follow.

There was no hysteria spared, with the AFA vowing to make their own films because Disney has supposedly been overrun by the gay agenda.

The PG movie broke all sorts of box office records on its first three days, with an impressive $18.4m in the USA alone, including the biggest opening weekend for a movie suggesting some parental guidance.

"Usually when you're doing animated films. you do a lot of the work in the voice studio, by yourself, but because you see us, at times, in our human forms (for the live-action remake), we all got to be onset together", Audra explained. But Disney, true to their reputation, has been very protective of their film, pulling down any unauthorized clips from the new movie that haven't been posted to their official YouTube channels. Around the world, the film earned a healthy $350 million. With "Logan" in third place, the horror sensation "Get Out" slid to fourth and continued to drive audiences.

The latest in the X-Men franchise added US$17.5 million, for a domestic gross of US$184 million.

The film smashed a string of box office records, claiming the biggest domestic and worldwide opening of all time, for a PG-rated film.

It made US$13.2 million, bringing its gross to US$133.1 million.

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