Which Box Office Records Did 'Beauty and the Beast' Smash?

Tomas Mccoy
March 21, 2017

Disney's live-action remake of their 1991 animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, has smashed the Irish box office record for a three-day opening weekend, grossing €2.2m in just those 3 days.

Just previous year, Batman v Superman set a record for the most amount of money grossed for the opening weekend of a March release - domestic totals only. Beauty's record-breaking debut for a Disney film follows a year in which the world's largest entertainment company posted the three biggest USA movies of 2016: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Finding Dory and Captain America: Civil War.

This is the largest opening weekend ever for a PG-rated film and for a Disney live-action film, surpassing Maleficent, The Jungle Book, and Cinderella. Last week's top film, Warner Bros.' "Kong: Skull Island", slid to second place with $28.9 million in its second week. The film was also the "biggest domestic bow in nearly a year". On its opening weekend, Beauty and the Beast added another $170 million to the company's coffers.

Starring British actors Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the lead roles, the $160 million U.S. production updates the beloved 1991 animated film and is the latest of Disney's live-action reboots.

The film stirred up controversy when director Bill Condon admitted there would be an "exclusively gay moment" featuring Gaston's sidekick LeFou (Josh Gaad).

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, said any backlash may have only helped "Beauty and the Beast", which he predicts will eventually top $1 billion globally. Many more are on the way, too, including those for "Dumbo", "Mulan", "Aladdin" and "The Lion King". As the weekend continued, female ticket buyers on average represented 60 percent of audiences.

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