THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The Disney live-action fairy tale scored one of the top 10 openings of all time and the biggest ever for a PG title, both in North America and overseas.
Be our guest, indeed.
Director Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast opened over the weekend to a monstrous $174.8 million from 4,210 theaters at the North American box office. Overseas, the female-fueled update of the classic 1991 animated musical also dazzled, earning $182.3 million for an elegant global bow of $357.1 million, according to final weekend grosses. That’s ahead of Sunday’s estimate of $170 million domestically and $350 million globally.
Either way, 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 bested Iron Man 3 ($174.1 million) to boast the sixth-biggest domestic opening for any film, and the biggest outside of summer save for the December 2015 bow of fellow Disney blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, not accounting for inflation.