Beauty and the Beast break Batman v Superman's March records

"Beauty" is the first of Disney's live-action remakes whose source is a fairly recent film, one from the studio's animation renaissance of the 1990s instead of from when Walt was alive, which was more than a half-century ago. "There are nearly no words to fully capture how gratifying it is to see a result like this from a team that has been working on telling stories like this for years".

The star-studded cast - which includes British actors Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson - recorded the largest March opening weekend in the US.

The actress, a six-time Tony Award victor, was just starting out when she auditioned for a minor part in the theatre adaptation of the hit animated movie musical - and she failed to catch the eye of Disney composer Alan Menken. "While [Watson's] performance was tepidly received by some critics, her popularity among '[Harry] Potter' fans and on social media has brought enormous buzz to the film, as audiences have praised her take on Belle, leading to an A from CinemaScore audience surveys", Fuster wrote.

The Disney reboot has had a insane success this weekend.

Such technology has helped catapult Beauty into IMAX history books.

Add in another $180 million overseas, and that total - an incredible global sum of $350 million - is HUGE!

While Frozen's opening weekend was 57 per cent female, Maleficent boasted 60 per cent and the audience for 2015's Cinderella was a whopping two-thirds female.

Despite the picture's massive positive reception, it did debut to some controversy.

The film has yet to open in France, Australia, and Japan. While the box office is sure to be boffo, the reviews are less sensational. The new songs that we are treated to manage to fit in beautifully with the already beloved soundtrack such as the opening song "Aria" performed by the wonderful Audra McDonald before the curse takes place, "Days in the Sun" which tells us about Beast's parents, and "Evermore" a attractive ballad sung by Beast as he laments over letting Belle go.

The phenomenal start for the film gives more fuel to Disney's DISN, -0.67% strategy of making live-action, visual effects-filled remakes of its animated classics.

Landing in second place in its second week was Warner Bros.' Kong: Skull Island with US$28.9 million domestically.

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

Faith Driven Consumers, which says that it measures the viewing habits of Christians in America, said last week that the "gay moment" is pushing away 95 percent of 41 million consumers. The film, which was created with a budget of $160 million, surpassed Finding Dory's ticket sales opening record of $135 million. The social thriller has brought in more than US$133 million in the United States alone.

  • Salvatore Jensen