Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Waltzes to Record $170M in U.S., $350M Globally
WOW! Director Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast
opened over the weekend to a monstrous $170 million from 4,210 theaters at the North American box office. Overseas, the female-fueled update of the classic 1991 musical, also dazzled, earning $180 million for an elegant global bow of $350 million.Beauty
set a number of new records, including the biggest start ever for a PG title both in North America and abroad (Last year’s Finding Dory
was the previous champ domestically with $135 million). And it surpassed the $166 million domestic debut of last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
to land the top March opening of all time. Just as impressive, the family-friendly movie boasts the seventh-biggest domestic opening for any film, and the biggest outside of summer save for December 2015 bow of fellow Disney blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens
, not accounting for inflation.
Several rival studios have Beauty and the Beast coming in higher ($173 million-$174 million); a final figure will be released by Disney on Monday. Either way, it will be the largest domestic opening since Marvel/Disney’s Captain America: Civil War ($177 million) almost a year ago, despite the objections of some conservatives both here and abroad who decried Condon’s decision to make one of the characters openly gay, even if the scene is fleeting.
Internationally, Beauty placed No. 1 almost everywhere. It was huge in the U.K. with $22.8 million — one of the top five openings ever there — and impressed in China with $44.8 million, already topping the entire runs of Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Disney
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