Beauty And The Beast Breaks UK Box Office Records

20 March, 2017, 00:31 | Author: Warren Cooper
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Watson was reportedly offered United States dollars three million upfront, but her profits will likely end up being considerably larger upon the film's total gross. "I feel like I was so lucky in getting this crown jewel (Beauty and the Beast), but I'll see her in Little Mermaid, absolutely", Condon says.

Disney's live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast" blasted through box office records to open with an estimated 170 million USA dollars in North American ticket sales and 180 million US dollars overseas. It topped the previous March opening weekend record of 166 million USA dollars set by "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice" past year and also the seventh largest opening weekend ever.

The live action update of the 1991 animated classic scored the second biggest March debut on a global basis, coming in behind "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's" $424.1 million launch.

Per studio estimates, the live-action "Beauty" earned $170.0 million in its first weekend.

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The film will also hold the title for the most successful opening weekend for a PG film, musical and non-sequel.

Directed by Bill Condon, Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as Lefou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.

The Beauty And The Beast remake follows other Disney live action re-boots like The Jungle Book, which made close to $1 billion (around £807 million) a year ago.

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