Plenty of beauties had a ball at the Family Drive-In Theatre to celebrate the opening weekend of Disney's live-action remake of the classic movie "Beauty and the Beast". Beauty also scored the top opening of all time for a PG film internationally, where it waltzed to $180 million, led by China ($44.8 million).
The live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is in theaters now with Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the beast and Josh Gad, Luke Evans and more rounding out the star-studded cast. That was enough to give it the third best start of all time for a March movie, after Batman V Superman ($81.6 million) and The Hunger Games ($67.3 million). Others in the lucrative group include "Alice in Wonderland", which picked up $1 billion worldwide, "Cinderella" with its $543.5 million global haul, and last year's "The Jungle Book", which racked up a mighty $966.6 million after finishing its run. Many more are on the way, too, including those for "Dumbo", "Mulan", "Aladdin" and "The Lion King".
Though Beauty and the Beast is nowhere as bad as the Twilight films parts 3 and 4, directed by the very same Bill Condon, I personally believe that it does bear a striking visual resemblance to the mediocre looking CGI of overrated teen movies.
"This goes beyond our wildest expectations and it's so satisfying to see the audience response", Dave Hollis, Disney's distribution chief, gushed to Deadline.com.
While you'll see dancing cutlery and trays in the finished film, that's not how it looked on set.
The film will also hold the title for the most successful opening weekend for a PG film, musical and non-sequel. Disney's film group, which includes Marvel and Pixar but uses the umbrella name of Buena Vista, had box-office sales of $3 billion, or 26% of all worldwide movie sales a year ago.
Kong: Skull Island drops 64% from last Friday to $7.3 million, which is what was pretty much expected among big releases of March. Lionsgate's "The Shack" rounded out the top five, generating $6.1 million and pushing the faith-based drama's earnings to over $42.6 million.