'Beauty & the Beast' reaps whopping $170 million in opening weekend

'Beauty & the Beast' reaps whopping $170 million in opening weekend

And last year's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was massive, too, at $166 million, but Beauty and the Beast ran right past it this year to bring home the March box office opening weekend record, too!

Remember when conservatives were so outraged over that gay character in Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" remake that they urged other good Christians to skip it in theaters this weekend?

Musicals are experiencing a revivalist hype and Disney is riding the wave.

Since Jason Scott Lee annoyed purists as a grown-up Mowgli in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994), the company has churned out numerous big screen live action remakes of its hand-drawn favourites, recouping US$4bn worldwide.

Evangelist Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, also warned that filmmakers are "trying to push the LGBT agenda into the hearts and minds of your children".

-Plenty of moviegoers chose to be the guest of Belle and her prince this past weekend, with the Disney live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast" setting a new record for a March opening weekend.

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The actor, who is mostly known for playing grey, dark and villainous roles says he is comfortable singing as it it is like "therapy to him".

The current March may be the most crowded one yet, with at least one new potential blockbuster every weekend, including "Kong" and "Logan".

"There's a lot of gay sex in it, there's A LOT of gay sex in this film", he said sarcastically.

Beauty and the Beast is Disney's fourth live-action take on an animated classic in as many years.

The owners of the Henagar Drive-In Theatre in Henagar, Alabama, announced their decision to boycott Beauty And The Beast in a Facebook post on Thursday. As a result, the movie has done especially well in enhanced formats that bring in ticket surcharges. Not only is that the biggest launch of all time for a PG-rated movie (beating the $135 million "Finding Dory" managed last year), but the largest spring opening ever. The Universal film recounts the increasingly tense encounter between a young black man played by Daniel Kaluuya and the family of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams). "It's part of how we're positioning the film to general audiences", he said. On the other hand, Beast's face never looks convincing enough.

As soft as the reviews were, they didn't do much to depress turnout among older viewers who still read criticism.

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