Published: Thu, March 30, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Beauty and the Beast's monster BO opening hints a sequel is coming

The film's box office forecast suggests a USA opening of more than $160 million.

As in the animated film, "Beauty" is really stolen by the Beast's servants, who have all been turned into household objects. "Beauty and the Beast" will be by far the biggest domestic launch of 2017, easily outpacing the $88 million opening for "Logan" two weeks ago.

"Captain America" Civil War" opened on April 12, 2016 and took in just shy of $180 million in its first weekend, eventually grossing a staggering $408 million.

Disney's live-action unit, led by Sean Bailey, built on the success in 2014 with Maleficent, a darker take on Sleeping Beauty, featuring Angelina Jolie. The film has already broken a Fandango record for advanced ticket sales of family films. The film, directed by Bill Condon, released in theatres on March 17. Having said that, this flick is about 80 percent the same as the animated movie, so even if you don't love all the differences from the original B&B, you can still enjoy everything they kept the same. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

Currently, the production company is busy developing live-action remakes of "The Lion King", "Dumbo" and "The Little Mermaid". "They'll run out of their best animated films maybe in a decade".

"I don't think they're anywhere close to trailing off soon", says Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst at Exhibitor Relations. I want audiences to embrace the form and understand that, at its best, music and movies and musical numbers in movies don't distract, they don't interrupt, they deepen and help create meaning. Condon says as the filming process continued, there were moments he was anxious they weren't going to get there and finish.

However, Disney USA said it would not allow any scene to be cut. And as well as revealing lots of behind-the-scenes gossip about Beauty And The Beast, Watson compared Hermione to Belle and the similarities are astounding.

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