'Beauty And The Beast' Sees $350 Million

Carla Harmon
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. 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.

The $160 million live-action adaptation of Beauty & The Beast just opened to $170 million in the USA alone, with an additional $180 million worldwide, which means there have been a lot of broken records.

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 previous year.

I must admit that before I watched this movie I remembered very little about the classic 1991 animated film that "Beauty and the Beast" is based on. They have previously released other fairy-tale inspired films like "Alice in Wonderland", "Cinderella", "Maleficent" and last year's "The Jungle Book".

The phenomenal start for the film gives more fuel to Disney's DISN, -0.67% strategy of making live-action, visual effects-filled remakes of its animated classics.

There was no hysteria spared, with the AFA vowing to make their own films because Disney has supposedly been overrun by the gay agenda. This is Watson's best film debut to date, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Faith Driven Consumers, which says that it measures the viewing habits of Christians in America, said last week that the "gay moment" is pushing away 95 percent of 41 million consumers.

It's $170 million weekend exceeds the industry's expectations of a $165 million opening and also makes back the film's production budget, which was at $160 million.

The similarities between scenes are purely coincidental, Beauty director Bill Condon told Yahoo Movies at the film's Los Angeles press day.

"Beauty and the Beast" is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, handsome and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle.

It made US$13.2 million, bringing its gross to US$133.1 million.

Fox's R-rated "X-Men" spinoff "Logan", starring Hugh Jackman, added $17.5 million in its third week to bring its total to $184 million.

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