Disney’s live-action adaptation of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast is now tracking to take $165-170 million at the domestic box office for its opening weekend according to THR based on early Friday returns.
The film has already set a new record ahead of its debut becoming the highest grossing family film for advanced tickets in the 17-year history of Fandango. Beauty and the Beast is off to the biggest start ever for a PG film and should take more than $60 million alone on Friday night.
The tale as old as time could very well become the biggest opening for the month of March ever which would land it a spot in the top 10 highest openings of all time. The current record holder for an opening weekend in March is Batman v Superman with $166.1 million at the domestic box office.
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 is now playing.