Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

'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' is the latest example of Disney's perfectly executed strategy of going to their animation vaults, dusting off a classic and reinventing it as a modern live-action movie", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.

Disney's live-action adaption of the animated classic scored a towering $170 million over the weekend, according to the Los Angeles Times, giving it 2017's biggest film debut and a record for the studio's live-action films.

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 monster ape movie's domestic haul now stands at a not inconsiderable $110.1 million and $259 million worldwide.

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This is the main reason why Nintendo has recently made a decision to double the production for their much appreciated console. After all, the Wii U sold around 3 million units in its first 6 weeks, but went on to sell just 13.5 million units total.

Beauty and the Beast will be one of Emma Watson's biggest break after Harry Potter franchise, she was popular for playing the role of one of Harry Potter's best friend Hermione Granger in JK Rowling's film adaption of her novels. In the UK/Ireland, it also delivered the biggest Disney live-action opening of all-time, the biggest March opening weekend of all-time, and now the largest domestic opening of 2017 to date.

Horror flick The Belko Project opened in seventh place with just $4 million, but that number isn't devastating against its modest $5 million production budget.

WB and Legendary's "Kong:Skull Island" was in second place at about 29.9 million US dollars, and Fox' s "Logan" placed third at an estimated 17.5 million USA dollars. Lionsgate' s "The Shack" finished fifth with an estimated 6.1 million USA dollars.

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