'Beauty and the Beast' tops the North American box office with $170M

Posted March 20, 2017

Considering Beauty and the Beast, which hit the United States theatres on March 18, is set to land one of the top 10 openings of all time and as per the reports, the film has already pulled in a record Dollars 63.8 million on day one and is projected to make up to USD 170 million over the weekend.

The live-action fairytale Beauty and the Beast enchanted moviegoers in North America, earning $170 million in receipts this weekend, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday. The previous record was set a year ago by Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, with US$166 million.

Refresh for latest...: Disney's Beauty And The Beast charmed its way into the worldwide box office this weekend with a $180M start. Past hits include The Jungle Book, Maleficent, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland.

The film, directed by Oscar victor Bill Condon and based on the 1991 animated film, cost 160 million US dollars to make.

"Beauty and the Beast", directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, found widespread acclaim and some backlash for including what has been called Disney's first openly gay character.

Though the summer movie season has yet to begin, 2017 has seen seven films cross the $100 million domestic mark thus far.

If ever you thought Gaston couldn't get any more pompous or narcissistic, think again. An Alabama drive-in theater canceled showings before owners screened the film. This also makes it the second highest grossing opening weekend featuring a female lead after Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The film is still facing problems with its release in Malaysia. It took in US$6.1 million, for a three-week total of US$42.6 million.

The movie then took in $64.8 million on Saturday (the fourth-best Saturday take ever, beating the $62.2 million earned by "Iron Man 3" in 2013).

It's a tale as old as time, but Beauty and the Beast's new box office record is as fresh as can be. Also, Imax offered a 2D version of the movie throughout the day and late afternoon so that it would be a more affordable outing for famillies.

We'll know the final, official numbers on Monday.