"Beauty and the Beast" is a pretty picture for Disney
Walt Disney Pictures' Beauty and the Beast grossed a dazzling $170 million domestically for the seventh-biggest debut of all-time, the #1 March debut ever (beating Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's $166 million), and the #1 PG movie debut of all time.
Walt Disney Co.'s "Beauty and the Beast" was a monster at the box office this weekend, opening to $170 million from Thursday night through Sunday in the US and Canada, according to studio estimates.
Disney's live-action remake of their 1991 animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, has smashed the Irish box office record for a three-day opening weekend, grossing €2.2m in just those 3 days.
The $170 million opening weekend by Beauty and the Beast is a monumental undertaking.
Those who saw "Beauty and the Beast" know that the gay moment director Bill Condon teased was pretty subtle, as TooFab can sum it up as Josh Gad's character LeFou giving Gaston (Luke Evans) some adoring looks and then dancing with another man at the end of the film. It topped the previous March opening weekend record of $166 million set by Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice past year and also the seventh largest opening weekend ever.
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) a year ago.
Remakes of Dumbo and Mulan are already in the works.
The Disney reboot has had a insane success this weekend.
Whether or not Beauty and the Beast can maintain its lead depends on next weekend. It's trying to find more cost-efficient ways to bring smaller films to the masses.
According to Boxofficemojo, the movie broke records for an opening weekend in March.
The film, which stars Emma Watson as Belle, is another blockbuster hit for Disney's live action reboots of animated films. Disney's film group, which includes Marvel and Pixar but uses the umbrella name of Buena Vista, had box-office sales of $3 billion, or 26% of all worldwide movie sales past year. It made $116.1 million in its debut weekend, about $54 million less than Beauty and the Beast.
Audienes can also still check out the current number one movie, the massive monster of a film Kong: Skull Island.