Beauty & The Beast makes a bit of cash

Posted March 20, 2017

Emma Watson-starrer musical romantic fantasy film Beauty and the Beast registered an earning of Rs 6.67 crore in its opening weekend in India.

The "Beauty and the Best" live-action remake smashed box office records, becoming the top PG-rated film opening ever and pulling in close to $350 million worldwide in its first weekend, despite threats of a Christian consumer boycott. As a result, "Beauty" enjoyed similar record-breaking openings in many countries and grossed an estimated $180 million overseas.

Disney has proven once more that audiences have a thirst for live-action remakes of its animated classics.

Slipping around 53 percent to No. 2 is Legendary and Warner Bros.' latest entry in the King Kong franchise, Kong: Skull Island, which adds a further $28.9 million to its growing $259.3 million global total ($110.1 million in the US and Canada).

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As if that weren't enough, the film beat a number of other records as well, according to T.H.R.-including the best domestic opening ever for a PG film, handily beating out Finding Dory, which opened with $135 million past year. The only question was: How big would its opening weekend get?

Adapted from the 1991 Disney animation of the same name, Beauty and The Beast follows the story of a cocky prince who is turned into a beast, he subsequently falls in love with a Villager name Belle and romance ensue.

Some of the production values, however, are majestically handsome and certainly make you feel nostalgic about the animated classic in a good way.

In third place on North American screens was "Logan, earning a total of $184 million over three weeks". Both movies opened in the mid-$60 million range.

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).

Despite the picture's massive positive reception, it did debut to some controversy.

"We want to make it more than just a movie", Kopp said. Per comScore, overall box office is up approximately 5.8 percent from the same period past year.

Setting the bar for the highest opening weekend in 2017, the film is the biggest ever opening for a musical in the United Kingdom, easily surpassing La La Land and beating the previous record-holder, Universal's 2012 hit Les Miserables.