Beauty and the Beast is currently projected to break the all-time opening weekend record for a PG-rated film. Finding Dory set the record last year.
Last summer, Finding Dory captured $135 million for Pixar in its opening weekend. However, the enthusiasm for Disney’s highly-anticipated film has pushed it well above that.
The latest fairy tale film is now estimated to make $170 million in its first weekend after getting $63 million on its opening last Saturday.
Also, the 1991 Best Picture nominee adaptation has now passed the record set by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for the highest single-day total for a PG-rated movie.
In fact, Beauty and the Beast outdid the wizard-full movie twice, nabbing $63 million on both Friday and Saturday whereas Harry Potter made $58 million on its opening day.
In other countries, the controversy about Josh Gad’s gay take on LeFou did absolutely nothing to hinder the movie’s international box office total. Disney estimates a $180 million yield to give the live-action remake a $350 million worldwide opening.
Coming in at second place on the weekend is Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island. It made an estimated $28.8 million in its second weekend after grossing $12.3 million on Saturday.
Fox’s Logan is in third place. It has an estimated $18 million in its third weekend. Universal’s Get Out comes in at number four with $13.2 million. The thriller is pushing its domestic total to $133 million. Moreover, it’s the highest ever for a black writer-director in his first feature. Lionsgate’s The Shack completes the top five with a $6.1 million weekend and a $42 million haul.
The remake’s director, Bill Condon preserved the basic plot while elaborating more Belle’s backstory. He also retained the soundtrack that includes songs like Be Our Guest and Belle.
The motion picture stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the eminent couple, with Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson amongst the all-star cast.
Certainly, all the extravagant musical numbers and talkative wares don’t come cheap. Beauty and the Beast lugs a substantial $160 million budget.
However, the film is certainly setting a new record for a movie opening in March. Its performance is proving Disney’s standing as the leading player in the film industry.
In fact, no other company can equal the winning streak that Disney is presently experiencing. Its success has been due to a string of multi-billion procurement that set Pixar, LucasFilm and Marvel in its enchanted empire.