"Beauty and the Beast", Disney's live action remake of its beloved 1991 animated film, made $357.1 million at the worldwide box office this weekend.
The movie also took in over $182 million overseas, bringing its total opening weekend gross to approximately $357 million.
The live-action version of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" smashed box office records in its opening weekend.
Despite all of this, Beauty and the Beast made $170 million in the United States box office, along with an additional $180 million overseas.
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's already looking at the March opening weekend record set just past year by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with $166 million. It follows previous remakes such as Cinderella, Maleficent and last year's The Jungle Book. Many more are on the way, too, including those for "Dumbo", "Mulan", "Aladdin" and "The Lion King".
"This goes beyond our wildest expectations and it's so satisfying to see the audience response", Dave Hollis, Disney's distribution chief, gushed to Deadline.com. "What's exciting here is there is an opportunity to see these beloved stories in a way that's never been seen before, but you get to build that on the foundation of something that's very familiar". Trade Analyst Taran Adarsh shared, " What's noteworthy is, the opening weekend biz of #BeautyAndTheBeast is nearly three times higher than #Cinderella, #Moana and #Zootopia".
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.
Corporate social experiment/gore-fest The Belko Experiment managed $1.5 million on Friday, and that's probably not the worst it could have done considering it only got 1,341 theaters on the weekend.
Emma Watson attends the NY screening of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast".
The 26-year-old is no stranger to earning the big bucks. The last domestic USA debut of similar size was Captain America: Civil War, which came out in May 2016, grossing $179.1 million its opening weekend.