'Beauty and the Beast' Bows With Record-Breaking $170 Million Opening

Emma Watson may get Rs 100 crores for Beauty and the Beast

Beauty And The Beast, a remake of the 1991 animation, is now on track to open in the United Kingdom with a three-day haul of £18.4 million, making it the highest grossing three-day opening weekend for a PG movie ever.

"Beauty and the Beast" director Bill Condon would love to work with Lindsay Lohan on 'The Little Mermaid' if he was invited to take charge of Disney's latest revamp. A dazzling $22.8M in the United Kingdom gave BATB the highest grossing 3-day opening weekend ever for a PG title; and China opened to $44.8M for the biggest-ever Disney Live Action launch weekend.

The romantic tale of Belle freeing the Beast from a curse, starring Harry Potter's Emma Watson and Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens, also grabbed $180 million overseas for a crushing global haul of $350 million.

"Beauty and the Beast" has done just alright with critics, who gave the film a 70 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

Spring Break brought with it plenty of audience attention to go around, and despite Beauty and the Beast's domination, most other movies only dropped by typical amounts.

The Beauty And The Beast remake follows other Disney live action re-boots like The Jungle Book, which made close to $1 billion (around £807 million) past year.

With Beauty dominating ticket sales, last weekend's champ, Kong: Skull Island, lagged far behind with $28.8 million for second place.

Rounding out the top five were Get Out and The Shack, which earned $13.2 million and $6.1 million, respectively.

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