Beauty and the Beast smashes Irish box office in opening weekend

Clearly Ireland has a lot of Disney Fans, as Beauty and the Beast set an Irish box office record over the weekend, grossing €2,200,000.

However, the Bill Condon-directed movie has done far more than topple Kong: Skull Island and earn a monstrous $170 million at the USA box office alone. It scored the best opening weekend of 2017 in Italy, Sweden, Brazil, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Serbia, Switzerland, U.A.E. and Ukraine.

In its first weekend, the live-action version of the classic story was a beast.

It is also the new record holder for the biggest March opening, beating superhero movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's $166 million (£134 million) haul a year ago (Mar16). In today's dollars and in the comparable suite of markets, Beauty and the Beast is running 35 percent ahead of The Jungle Book, 96 percent ahead of Alice In Wonderland, 100 percent ahead of Maleficent and 148 percent ahead of Cinderella.

The film, which stars Emma Watson as Belle, is another blockbuster hit for Disney's live action reboots of animated films. It remains to be seen just how much "Beauty and the Beast" ultimately takes in, but it appears destined to become part of the billion-dollar club.

The ground-breaking gay scene involves American comedic actor Josh Gad's character, manservant Le Fou, who is confused about his sexuality and finds himself attracted to Gaston, played by Luke Evans.

Abdul Halim, cinema and Disney officials couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Disney in return had refused to release a censored version of the film after authorities cut the "gay moment" in the movie. This is Watson's best film debut to date, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, which earned a record $170 million in ticket sales in North America and an impressive $180 million overseas, had been showing in Kuwait since Thursday.

Disney bosses have won their battle to release Beauty And The Beast in Malaysia without removing a "gay moment" from the film.

  • Salvatore Jensen