‘Beauty and the Beast’ Soaring to Epic $155 Million Opening at Box Office


“Beauty and the Beast” is already having a magical weekend at the nation’s multiplexes with an estimated opening of $155 million-plus already in sight, estimates showed early Friday.  Disney indicated that it expects the live-action musical to finish in a range between $140 million to $155 million while a rival estimate placed the number in the $167 million-plus range.


“Beauty and the Beast” had already banked nearly $40 million at noon PDT with pre-sales and a stellar $16.3 million from Thursday night previews. The first-day total could approach $60 million.beauty-beast-gay2


The new numbers blow away earlier forecasts from Disney, which had indicated earlier in the week that “Beauty and the Beast” would open to more than $120 million domestically this weekend at 4,210 locations. The film — the only new film opening wide — should add between $80 million and $110 million in international box office as Disney is launching in about 70% of markets.

Disney reported that “Beauty” took in $11.5 million internationally on Thursday, led by $1.8 million in Brazil, $1.2 million in South Korea, $1.1 million in Germany and $1 million in Italy. Opening day box office numbers from China showed “Beauty and the Beast” taking in a solid $14.5 million on Friday, including previews.




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