Reasons 'Beauty and the Beast' Made All the Money This Weekend

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 21, 2017

So far the film has earned a staggering $170 million at the United States box office, and $350 million globally, setting an impressive five box-office records in one go.

The update of the animated Disney classic took in $45 million in China during its opening weekend, making for Disney's strongest live-action opening yet, and accounting for 48% of the week's total box office.

With an estimated $180 million internationally, the global opening reached estimated $350 million for the #2 March debut of all-time both globally and internationally.

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.

Audience members flocked to Disney's live-action remake of the 1991 classic in record numbers. While that means not only is Emma Watson certifiably bankable, but so is a Disney live-action remake. The only spot on the list that isn't a Disney property is Universal Pictures' Jurassic World, which sits at #2 with $208 million. BATB also had the No. 1 bow of 2017 in those markets as well as Italy, Sweden and Brazil, among others. That's not just inching over the finish line; that's blowing by it. $174.75 also puts Beauty and the Beast 6th all time when it comes to domestic opening weekends.

In general, the "Beauty & the Beast" live-action film was an entertaining and faithful adaptation of the original.

It's worth noting that many people took offense to the uber-hyped "gay scene" in the film, and subsequently dubbed LeFou the first gay Disney character.

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

Beauty and the Beast is now on top of the box office, denying the mighty Kong: Skull Island its second frame in the number one spot.

In fifth place is Lionsgate's The Shack, with US$6.1 million, for a total of US$42.6 million in USA sales in its third week.

Starring in the new Beauty and the Beast film is a dream come true for Audra McDonald after missing out on a role in the Broadway stage musical back in 1993. The specialized site BoxOfficeMojo estimates that Disney's latest fairy tale adaptation may already have reached that point in worldwide sales.

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