It was huge in the United Kingdom with $22.8 million - one of the top five openings ever there - and impressed in China with $44.8 million, already topping the entire runs of Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The film, made for about $160 million, is the latest effort by Disney to re-create one of its animated classics with live action and digital effects.
Internationally, Beauty and the Beast was number one pretty much everywhere, including taking in $22.8 million in the United Kingdom alone, and another $44.8 million in China!
The film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as Beast, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Luke Evans as Gaston, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, and Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Kevin Kline as Maurice, and Tony Award victor Audra McDonald as Garderobe.
The film's PG rating, mid-March release, casting, and mix of both new and classic songs helped lead to the film's big opening, Degarabedian said.
Beauty and the Beast is a live-action remake of 1991 animated movie of the same name.
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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. Other upcoming projects include a live-action remake of "Mulan", which will be released in November 2018, and new takes on "Dumbo" and "The Lion King", among many others.
After being overshadowed by a gay controversy during the past few weeks, the movie has easily exceeded box office predictions. It did socko business in both the United States, where it raked in $170 million at 4,210 locations, and overseas in 44 markets, adding another $180 million to its takings. Also, Emma Watson is ideal as Belle, and we all want to see our fave Harry Potter star on the screen again.
The new movie features Emma Watson as Belle, opposite Dan Stevens as the titular Beast, and the star-studded cast had a blast belting out songs onset.
As long as Disney is minting our childhoods and cashing in on the next generations, too, should we let the studio just go ahead and funnel our money directly? It's also the biggest PG-rated opener ever, way over last summer's $135 million for Finding Dory.
It made US$13.2 million, bringing its gross to US$133.1 million.