'Beauty & the Beast' reaps whopping $170 million in opening weekend

Ruben Ruiz
March 20, 2017

Additionally, following in the footsteps of Frozen, the hope is that the Beauty and the Beast's classic songs will help drive repeat business, the way tunes such as Let It Go did for the computer-animated musical in late 2013.

The PG movie broke all sorts of box office records on its first three days, with an impressive $18.4m in the U.S. alone, including the biggest opening weekend for a movie suggesting some parental guidance.

The film, which has earned $170 million in the United States and $350 million globally, is the seventh-biggest opening of all time.

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AS I SAT watching "Beauty and the Beast" in a packed theater over the weekend with transfixed fans of all ages, one thought kept recurring: How soon till Disney begins offering a direct-deposit service for our paychecks? It also had the seventh-biggest North American opening for any film and is both the top March and non-summer earner in history. It also became the highest-grossing Fri-Sun opening for a PG film in the UJ, as well as the biggest ever March opening weekend of all time and the biggest ever opening for a musical, beating Les Misérables. That brought its global total for the weekend to $350 million.

The Sataurday is so huge that it's the highest grossing Saturday ever just after Jurassic World ($69.6 million), Marvel's The Avengers ($69.5 million), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($68.2 million). Malaysia refused to play the film because it included a gay character after Disney declined to edit four minutes from the picture. Throughout the movie, there were scenes where the Beast looked cheap and underdeveloped, especially in comparison to other contemporary films such as Plant of the Apes. This is Watson's best film debut to date, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Logan, starring Hugh Jackman reprising his role as Wolverine for what he says is the final time, slashed its way into third place, pulling in $17.5 million and bringing the R-rated superhero tale's stateside total to $184 million. The movie opened in 4,210 theaters.

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