ibusinesslines.com March 23, 2017

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.

Other News

Trending Now

House intelligence panel chairman says there was no wiretap on Trump Tower
Comey is testifying at the hearing, along with National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers. It is no crime for Trump or his associates to have ties to Russian Federation , he added .

Unlikely Marshawn Lynch comes out of retirement and plays for Oakland Raiders
All in all, Lynch averaged 3.8 yards per carry in 2015, his lowest total since the 2010 season by a pretty fair amount. That would mean Lynch counts against the salary cap space for the team unless they were to trade him or release him.

Liverpool draw among 'happiest days' of Guardiola's career
James Milner gave the visitors the lead from the spot before City levelled the score less than 20 minutes later. Possibly the best opportunity fell to Aguero in injury time, but he volleyed over from close range.

House panel gets DoJ information about Trump's wiretap claim
Washington -President Donald Trump said on Saturday that Germany owed "vast sums of money" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the USA , and that Berlin "should pay".

Former UK Ambassador Slams Donald Trump's 'Gratuitous' Wiretap Lies
GCHQ issued a rare public statement slamming the accusation as "utterly ridiculous" and warned that it " should be ignored ". Westmacott also referred to Trump's " famous reluctance to admit mistakes ".

A Toxic Legacy Hangs Over Scotland's Brexit War
In Edinburgh, Nicola Sturgeon said she would be "up for" a discussion with May about the timing of a new independence referendum. But the SNP says the political landscape has dramatically changed since then, requiring another vote within the next two years.

Luxury Swiss Gc Connect Jumps Into Android Wear 2.0
When it comes to features, the folks at Android Police say that the ZTE Quartz does not have NFC or a heart rate monitor. Just like its predecessor, it is named Guess Connect, and it's powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip.