'Beauty and the Beast' has grand showing at box office despite controversy

Yolanda Curtis
March 22, 2017

Beauty And The Beast broke a series of records at the United Kingdom box office during its opening weekend (17-19Mar17).

The reversal adds to the good news for "Beauty", which collected $174.8 million in USA and Canadian theaters over the weekend for the best March opening ever, according to researcher ComScore Inc. Not only is that the biggest launch of all time for a PG-rated movie (beating the $135 million "Finding Dory" managed last year), but the largest spring opening ever. USA TODAY highlights the buzz surrounding the film.

If you are toying with the idea of heading to the theatre to check out the new live action Beauty and the Beast movie, run, don't walk.

"Guy became interested in doing a Disney movie and we talked a lot about it".


Despite censorships and edits across the world for its "exclusively gay moment", Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" broke the box office.

Starring British actors Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the lead roles, the $160 million United States production updates the beloved 1991 animated film and is the latest of Disney's live-action reboots.

Malaysia will show Beauty and the Beast after all - including the "gay moment". This past weekend, the new take on Beauty & The Beast has seen a fresh lorryload of cash pour into its coffers. The song, released on Chinese video streaming site Tencent Video, was a hit among young female consumers even before the movie hit theaters.

"Beauty and the Beast" did a remarkable job in redoing the original songs from the animation, such as "Belle", "Be Our Guest", and everyone's favorite "Beauty and the Beast". The American musical film sold 20,285 tickets to increase its domestic total to 3.4 million.


Film Censorship Board chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid had earlier said the movie was approved with a minor cut involving "a gay moment" because scenes promoting homosexuality were forbidden.

Russian Federation also considered banning the film, but in the end chose to give it an adults-only rating, based on the country's gay propaganda-laws.

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