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'Beauty and the Beast' earns $170 million to have the 7th highest opening weekend ever

March 19,2017 19:17

Disney has proven once more that audiences have a thirst for live-action remakes of its animated classics. Following the live-action version of "The Jungle Book" earning close to $1 billion worldwide last year, the studio looks to have another cash cow ...and more »



"Beauty and the Beast."
Disney

Disney has proven once more that audiences have a thirst for
live-action remakes of its animated classics.

Following the live-action version of "The Jungle Book" earning
close to $1 billion worldwide last year, the
studio looks to have another cash cow in the making with "Beauty
and the Beast" breaking the record for the biggest opening
weekend ever for March with an estimated $170 million, according
to Variety.

That jumps the previous record holder, "Batman v Superman: Dawn
of Justice," which opened to $166 million last year.

It's also the biggest opening ever for a PG-rated movie (passing
last year's "Finding Dory," $135 million) and is seventh place in
all-time opening weekend grosses (moving past "Harry Potter and
the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," $169.1 million).

"Beauty and the Beast," which stars Emma Watson in the Belle role
and Dan Stevens as the Beast, had the year's biggest Thursday
preview of the year with
$16.3 million, which added to its $64.1 million Friday earning. That's the
largest opening day for a PG movie, passing
2009's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." The movie then
took in $64.8 million on Saturday (the fourth-best Saturday take ever, beating the
$62.2 million earned by "Iron Man 3" in 2013).

It's $170 million weekend exceeds the industry's expectations of
a $165 million opening and also makes back the film's production
budget, which was at $160 million.

Outside of a few scenes, the movie is an almost exact remake of
the classic 1991 Disney animated feature, which went on to win
Oscars for best original score and best original song.

SEE ALSO: The tragic true story of the man who wrote all your favorite songs in "Beauty and the Beast"

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