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Disney's Beauty And The Beast smashes box office records

20 March 2017, 07:07 | Myron Mathis

The special Ultragirl designs come in a mini version for kids too

The special Ultragirl designs come in a mini version for kids too

While for the most part "Beauty and the Beast" plays it safe, the film's best moments are through its new material. And yet, there seems to be room for everyone so far, with these hit films driving interest in theatrical moviegoing that has benefitted just about every wide release this month. Across the globe, "Beauty and the Beast" scored more than three hundred and fifty million dollars, with 170 million in just the United States.

Some 37 percent of sales went to premium formats, including 26 percent to 3D, eight percent to IMAX (2D and 3D), and 11 percent to other premium large format screens (2D and 3D).

Paige Edwards, 10, who was at the ball, said she hopes the remake is like the original. Disney clearly felt there wasn't much else to tell.

The 61-year-old filmmaker said it was the Harry Potter star's many qualities that made her stand out above other actresses in Hollywood as his favourite to star as the protagonist in Disney's live-action remake of the 1991 animated movie.

The top five performing cinemas for "Beauty and the Beast" are SM North EDSA (P1.97-M), SM Megamall (P1.92-M), SM Mall of Asia (P1.70-M), Robinsons Magnolia (P1.14-M) and Trinoma (P1.13-M).

The Little Mermaid will see Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame collaborating with legendary Disney composer Alan Menken, while two remakes of Peter Pan are in the works along with new versions of Winnie the Pooh, Fantasia, Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and The Sword in the Stone. "ORCRP0000017183-topic.html" class="local_link" >Warner Bros. The film has pulled in US$110.1 million to date.

Logan, starring Hugh Jackman reprising his role as Wolverine for what he says is the final time, slashed its way into third place, pulling in $17.5 million and bringing the R-rated superhero tale's stateside total to $184 million.

We have Beauty and the Beast to thank for that.

Universal and Blumhouse's Get Out, a thriller about a black man whose girlfriend's white family holds a sinister secret, grabbed fourth position.

Danny Boyle's "Trainspotting" sequel, "T2: Trainspotting", from Sony Pictures debuted in five theaters in NY and Los Angeles, earning $180,000 for a strong per-theater average of $36,000.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. The accurate figure will be released today.

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