Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ted Wilson

'Beauty And The Beast' makes over $170 million in opening weekend

'Beauty And The Beast' makes over $170 million in opening weekend

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.

The British actress was reportedly given an upfront pay cheque of $3 million (£2.4 million) but depending on how well the movie goes over with audiences, sources are suggesting that she could take home up five times that amount.

Disney's live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast" blasted through box office records to open with an estimated 170 million US dollars in North American ticket sales and 180 million USA dollars overseas. A dazzling $22.8M in the United Kingdom gave BATB the highest grossing 3-day opening weekend ever for a PG title; and China opened to $44.8M for the biggest-ever Disney Live Action launch weekend.

The previous record for a March opening is Warner Bros.' "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice", which brought in $166 million in its North American debut a year ago, according to Box Office Mojo.

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The studio has already delivered winning remakes of "Cinderella", "Alice in Wonderland" and "Maleficent", and has more than a dozen other live-action adaptations in the pipeline.

Internationally, "Beauty and Beast" placed No.1 nearly everywhere.

The romantic tale of Belle freeing the Beast from a curse, starring Harry Potter's Emma Watson and Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens, also grabbed $180 million overseas for a crushing global haul of $350 million. The film scored a 71 percent positive rating at Rottentomatoes.com, which compiles critics' ratings.

After all, will having Brie Larson playing a live-action Rapunzel or Game Of Thrones' Sophie Turner as Ariel, really make a difference to the box office when your USP is a beloved character?

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