Kuwait censors pull Disney's Beauty and the Beast for edits

Posted March 20, 2017

According to The Hollywood Reporter, women made up almost 72 percent of all Beauty and the Beast audiences in its opening weekend, a truly impressive number.

Beast's debut also makes it the biggest opener of any of Disney's live-action adaptations of its classic animated films, beating out previous record-holder Alice in Wonderland.

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

"Beauty and the Beast", directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, the picture Beauty and the Beast felled many other records, too. That tops the $166 million March opening "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" scored just a year ago (with no gay characters, either), and gave the musical the seventh-highest domestic opening of all time.

Beauty and the Beast marks Disney's first attempt at turning one of its more contemporary animated classics into a live-action movie. Disney took a risk to bring this film to life considering the luke warm reception by audiences to their other recent live-action endeavors.

This success is actually no wonder, given the fact that "Beauty and the Beast" is an all-time favorite Disney movie. It did socko business in both the USA, where it raked in $170 million at 4,210 locations, and overseas in 44 markets, adding another $180 million to its takings.

According to Boxofficemojo, the movie broke records for an opening weekend in March. Although it hasn't endeared itself to critics the way the 1991 film did, audiences are flocking to see it - likely thanks to the mix of a top-tier cast led by Emma Watson and the timeliness of the remake, which has nostalgic appeal to the young tastemakers of 2017.

The fairy tale romance earned $US44.8 million in China, grossed $US22.8 million in the United Kingdom, grabbed $US11.9 million in South Korea, nabbed $US10.7 million in Germany, and picked up $US7.6 million in Italy. Reportedly, the film grabbed $350 million worldwide. $170m of that has come from the USA alone, and with competition for the family movie dollar sparse until The Smurfs turn up, Disney might just be looking at a $1bn movie here.

WB and Legendary's Kong:Skull Island was in second place at about $29.9 million, and Fox's Logan placed third at an estimated $17.5 million.