'Beauty and the Beast' makes box office magic with $170M debut

'Beauty and the Beast' makes box office magic with $170M debut

Its cumulative total now stands at $42.6 million.

It enchanted United Kingdom audiences to become highest-grossing three-day opening weekend of all-time for a PG movie with $22.8 million, while China opened to an estimated $44.8 million, making it the biggest ever Disney live-action opening weekend of all-time and representing a strong 67% market share. 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 sequel opened in just 5 locations, but banked $36,000 per screen, second only this weekend to Beauty and the Beast's $40,000 per screen. "Beauty and the Beast" follows other successful live-action Disney film remakes such as "Alice in Wonderland", "Cinderella", "Maleficent," and "The Jungle Book", which made its debut a year ago.

This will make Beauty And The Beast's opening weekend either the sixth or seventh all-time most successful, depending on whether or not it will surpass Iron Man 3's figure of $174.1 million.

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"You see all the colours of the character, from the lovable rogue to the buffoon to the jealous, revengeful sort of monster that he becomes by the end of the movie", says Evans.

In other highlights, this is the top March opening ever in several territories, including the UK, Germany and Mexico.

Disney has proven once more that audiences have a thirst for live-action remakes of its animated classics.

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