Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast is tracking to be the fastest selling family film ever according to Fandango.
The last early tracking report suggested the film was set to take $120 million at the box office in its opening weekend with Disney insiders being more conservative with their estimations, predicting the film would debut at $100 million-plus.
Fandango managing editor Erik Davis recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly, revealing presale tickets for the film rival the presales of superhero blockbusters:
“Beauty is a beast in presales, and I think it’s going to surprise a lot of people. It’s looking bigger than most Disney live-action adaptations, like The Jungle Book, Cinderella, or Maleficent. Its presales rival those of a superhero movie.”
Beauty and the Beast is already doing better than last year’s Captain America: Civil War was at this point, despite mixed reviews. The film has outgrossed presales for the previous record holder in family films which was the Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory. The current opening weekend record holder for the month of March is the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with $166.1 million at the domestic box office.
You can check out our review for Beauty and the Beast here.
The film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father Maurice, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette. Here’s the official synopsis:
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17, 2017.
Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17, 2017.