'Beauty And The Beast' makes over $170 million in opening weekend

Howard Ashman

The $160 million live-action adaptation of Beauty & The Beast just opened to $170 million in the USA alone, with an additional $180 million worldwide, which means there have been a lot of broken records. The remake also nabbed several other less notable distinctions, including the highest opening for a Disney animated to mostly-live-action conversion and seventh highest domestic opening weekend ever (just passing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and its $169 million debut in 2011).

"Beauty" will also beat the record set by "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" a year ago for all-time openings in March.

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In the United Kingdom and Ireland it also delivered the biggest Disney live-action opening of all time, the biggest March opening weekend of all time and the number one opening of 2017 to date. Beauty and the Beast is presently one of the most successfully running films at the theatres which have come up with good reviews.

The movie was also a beast at the USA box office, opening with an estimated $170 million (£137m) and setting a new high mark for family movies.

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The Beauty And The Beast remake follows other Disney live action re-boots like The Jungle Book, which made close to $1 billion (around £807 million) previous year.

On Saturday March 19, the box office of £7.9m was the second highest grossing Saturday ever, only behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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