Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" has got a massive start at the box-office. According to Fox News, the ticket sale on its opening weekend in North America is estimated to be $170 million, a new start for live action films. Reportedly, the film grabbed $350 million worldwide.
The article opined, "Beauty and the Beast blew past the previous record-holder for G- or PG-rated releases, according to studio estimates Sunday. Last year, Disney's "Finding Dory" debuted with a then-PG-best $135 million. It's the year's top opening so far and a new best for March releases, and it ranks seventh all-time, not accounting for inflation."
Made with a budget of $160 million, "Beauty and the Beast" is directed by Bill Condon and stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the lead. The film is a recreation of Disney's 1991 Oscar-winning animated classics. They have previously released other fairy-tale inspired films like "Alice in Wonderland," ''Cinderella," ''Maleficent" and last year's "The Jungle Book."
"Nostalgia is a very powerful driver for these films. What's exciting here is there is an opportunity to see these beloved stories in a way that's never been seen before, but you get to build that on the foundation of something that's very familiar. But you don't get to $170 million because of nostalgia," Hollis added. You have to ultimately make these movies great," Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney, was quoted saying.
Trade analyzing site comScore released the estimated ticket sales of the film on its opening weekend. The accurate figure will be released today.
1. "Beauty and the Beast," $170 million ($180 million international).
2. "Kong: Skull Island," $28.9 million ($38.5 million international).
3. "Logan," $17.5 million ($31.5 million international).
4. "Get Out," $13.3 million ($2.9 million international).
5. "The Shack," $6.1 million.
6. "The Lego Batman Movie," $4.7 million ($2.4 million international).
7. "The Belko Experiment," $4.1 million.
8. "Hidden Figures," $1.5 million ($3.5 million international).
9. "John Wick: Chapter Two," $1.2 million ($2.1 million international).
10. "Before I Fall," $1 million.