Disney's Beauty and the Beast brought so many guests to movie theaters this weekend that the live-action remake became the biggest box-office opener so far of the year and the seventh-best debut of all time.
According to latest reports, The picture brought in an impressive $170 million, well above analyst expectations of $130 million to $150 million. Its the highest domestic debut ever for a Disney live-action title and the seventh Walt Disney Studios release to open over $150 million. The picture also brought in $180 million internationally.
"Beauty and the Beast," directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, the picture Beauty and the Beast felled many other records, too. It's the year's top opening so far and a new best for March releases, and it ranks seventh all-time, not accounting for inflation.
"Beauty and the Beast," 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. It follows previous remakes such as Cinderella, Maleficent and last year's The Jungle Book.
Other live action remakes in development at Disney: Dumbo, The Lion King, Aladdin, Mulan and Pinocchio.