Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has danced its way to a phenomenal $174.8 million in its opening weekend at the box office. At the global box office, the film grossed $180 million, bringing the international total to $350 million. Beauty and the Beast opened on Friday to an impressive $64.1 million and continued to do well throughout the weekend. Initial numbers were at $170 million on Sunday before being adjusted at $174.8 million, making it the sixth biggest opening of all time domestically.
Disney has now broken quite a few records in one weekend. Beauty and the Beast is now the biggest opening PG-rated film in the United States and globally, and it is now the biggest March opening, beating out Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s $166 million opening. This is a big deal and will probably see Disney investing even more money in live-action adaptations of more of their animated classics. Next in line is Mulan, The Lion King, and Aladdin.
Directed by Bill Condon, Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and more. For the film, Disney went out of its way to include new songs and expand on Belle and Beast’s backstories.
In second place, Kong: Skull Island slipped from its number one spot with $28.9 million, bringing its domestic gross to $110.1 million. At the international box office, Skull Island pulled in another $38.5 million and this brings its gross global amount to $259.2 million. In its third weekend, Logan pulled in another $17.5 million, putting it in third place and bringing its domestic and global totals to $184 million and $500 million, respectively.
Jordan Peele’s horror film, Get Out landed in fourth place in its fourth week with $13.2 million, bringing its domestic total to $133.1 million. The film opened in international markets with $2.1 million, bringing its global gross to $136 million. Rounding out the top five is the faith-based film, The Shack with $6.1 million. Domestically, it has now pulled in $42.6 million.
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