Tale as old as time: Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' debuts at $170 million


I hope you like seeing Disney’s animated classics turned into live-action features. They’re not going away anytime soon.

We have Beauty and the Beast to thank for that. Disney’s flesh-and-blood (and CG) remake of the 1991 hit opened at the top of the domestic box office with an estimated $170 million. That’s more than the animated feature earned during its entire theatrical run in the U.S., which ended at $145.9 million.

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Beauty‘s opening weekend success was evident early on when it logged a $64.1 million opening day. That was enough to give it the third best start of all time for a March movie, after Batman V Superman ($81.6 million) and The Hunger Games ($67.3 million). Read more…

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