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'Beauty And The Beast' makes over $170 million in opening weekend

'Beauty And The Beast' makes over $170 million in opening weekend 'Beauty And The Beast' makes over $170 million in opening weekend
Arthur Frazier | 20 March, 2017, 00:56

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.

On Saturday March 19, the box office of £7.9m was the second highest grossing Saturday ever, only behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It's also the highest domestic debut ever for a Disney live-action title and the seventh Walt Disney Studios release to open over $150 million.

Beauty And The Beast now has the biggest opening ever for a musical in the United Kingdom, ahead of Universal's Les Miserables (£8.13m).

The live action remake of the Disney classic, which stars Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor and Sir Ian Mckellen, is reported to have picked up between $170 million and $174 million (approx £140 million) in United States box office sales since opening on Friday.

Lakers and Bucks scuffle, Luke Walton upset with ejections
Lakers rookie Ivica Zubac had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers (20-49), who have lost 12 of 13. Young was fined $25,000 for initiating the altercation by shoving guard Malcolm Brogdon.

First up, those numbers make it the biggest opening weekend for a PG movie, both in America - where the previous record holder was Finding Dory with $135 million - and internationally.

Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Josh Gad, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellan, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Emma Thompson, director Bill Condon's film is out now in Disney 3D across the UK.

It has received widespread acclaim but also triggered controversy over what has been called a "gay moment".

Russian Federation has banned children under 16 from watching it and Disney ended up shelving its release in Malaysia after refusing to allow the scene to be cut to appease censors.

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