'Beauty and the Beast' Waltzes to Record $170M in USA, $350M Globally

While director Bill Condon's live-action interpretation stays true to the narrative that first hit cinemas more than 25 years ago, there's a lot more to it. Made for $160 million without counting marketing expenses, the film received an A CinemaScore from audiences.

After all, will having Brie Larson playing a live-action Rapunzel or Game Of Thrones' Sophie Turner as Ariel, really make a difference to the box office when your USP is a beloved character?

Other live action remakes in development at Disney: "Dumbo", "The Lion King", "Aladdin", "Mulan" and "Pinocchio". The record had been held by last year's opening of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".

The most incredible statistic though is that the film will make more money at the box office this weekend alone than the original did in its entire theatrical run.

Belle is now within striking distance of Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3, though it appears that it will fall short of the Robert Downey Jr and Shane Black film's $174 million. Disney can't beat Disney, apparently.

On Saturday March 19, the box office of £7.9m was the second highest grossing Saturday ever, only behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The only spot on the list that isn't a Disney property is Universal Pictures' Jurassic World, which sits at #2 with $208 million.

Internationally, Beauty and the Beast was number one pretty much everywhere, including taking in $22.8 million in the United Kingdom alone, and another $44.8 million in China! It's the flawless fam movie to go see on the weekend, and since it's PG, everyone can attend. The final Sunday numbers could come close to that - or even exceed it - if the cold weather start to spring break sends families scurrying off to theaters. "Beauty and the Beast" tells the story of the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, lovely and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. The story follows Belle as she learns to look beyond the Beast's disgusting exterior to see a kind and loving heart within.

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.

  • Salvatore Jensen