Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is looking to break some records this weekend. On opening day Friday, the film grossed an impressive $64.1 million, higher than both of the previous March openers, Logan and Kong: Skull Island. It has now become the third highest-grossing opening day for a March film behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Hunger Games. By the end of the weekend, Disney will have knocked both of those films out of the water, with an expected gross of $173 million or more.
A lot of the tickets were already pre-purchased through Fandango before the film’s release and with the film primed to possibly hit an astounding $176 million by the end of Sunday, Disney has ensured another successful run at the box office. This also bodes well for any future live-action remake that the studio wants to release. Already in the works are the beloved animated classics, Mulan and Aladdin.
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 stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline and more. Directed by Bill Condon, the film is currently playing in theaters.