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A Tale as Old as Time: Beauty and the Beast Review

20 March 2017, 07:29 | Myron Mathis

Beauty and the Beast roars to record-breaking $170M debut

Weekend Box Office March 17- 19 2017

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. Trade Analyst Taran Adarsh shared, " What's noteworthy is, the opening weekend biz of #BeautyAndTheBeast is nearly three times higher than #Cinderella, #Moana and #Zootopia".

Overseas, the updated version of the classic 1991 animated musical has also delighted fans, earning $180 million to deliver a global total of $350 million.

It follows Alice in Wonderland, which grossed US$1 billion worldwide, Cinderella with US$543.5 million, and last year's The Jungle Book, which racked up US$966.6 million, Variety.com reports.

Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Hattie Morahan, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Nathan Mack, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw along with the supporting characters spin the old animated characters in a new and refreshing way yet keeps their essence.

Emma Watson, who plays Belle in the new film, opened up about the controversy last week.


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.

Beauty and the Beast is Disney's best live-action remake so far and a fun film for all the family to see. $170 million places it as the seventh biggest opener ever, per Mojo.

The actress, a six-time Tony Award victor, was just starting out when she auditioned for a minor part in the theatre adaptation of the hit animated movie musical - and she failed to catch the eye of Disney composer Alan Menken.

Lastly, Get Out's extraordinary run appears to be winding down as it's down a still awesome 38% from last Friday to $3.7 million.

Other studios stayed clear of the Disney juggernaut. With the massive recent success of La La Land (more than US$417 million in worldwide sales), it proves that escapist song-and-dance fantasy still sells, even in countries that haven't traditionally responded to the format. It also is the seventh-highest grossing opening weekend of all time. $170m of that has come from the U.S. 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.



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