Disney has proven once some-more that audiences have a lust for
live-action remakes of its charcterised classics.
Following the live-action chronicle of “The Jungle Book” earning
close to $1 billion worldwide last year, the
studio looks to have another cash cow in the making with “Beauty
and the Beast” breaking the record for the biggest opening
weekend ever for Mar with an estimated $170 million, according
That jumps the prior record holder, “Batman v Superman: Dawn
of Justice,” which non-stop to $166 million last year.
It’s also the biggest opening ever for a PG-rated film (passing
last year’s “Finding Dory,” $135 million) and is seventh place in
all-time opening weekend grosses (moving past “Harry Potter and
the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” $169.1 million).
“Beauty and the Beast,” which stars Emma Watson in the Belle role
and Dan Stevens as the Beast, had the year’s biggest Thursday
preview of the year with
$16.3 million, which combined to its $64.1 million Friday earning. That’s the
largest opening day for a PG movie, passing
2009’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” The film then
took in $64.8 million on Saturday (the fourth-best Saturday take ever, beating the
$62.2 million warranted by “Iron Man 3” in 2013).
It’s $170 million weekend exceeds the industry’s expectations of
a $165 million opening and also creates back the film’s production
budget, which was at $160 million.
Outside of a few scenes, the film is an almost accurate reconstitute of
the classical 1991 Disney charcterised feature, which went on to win
Oscars for best strange measure and best strange song.