We knew a few days ago that Beauty and the Beast might be a big deal this opening weekend, but THIS big?! This overshot a lot of people’s expectations and it’s turned out to be a HUGE opener for the wonderful remake!!
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According to the box office numbers coming in now on Sunday afternoon, Beauty and the Beast opened to an incredible $170 million in North America, taken in from 4,210 theaters across the box office!
Add in another $180 million abroad, and that total — an incredible global sum of $350 million — is HUGE!!!
But how huge?!
Well, how about biggest start ever for a PG title in both North America and abroad huge!!!!
That’s right — last year’s Finding Dory was massive domestically ($135 million) as the previous champ, and yet Beauty and the Beast blew it out of the water.
And last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was massive, too, at $166 million, but Beauty and the Beast ran right past it this year to bring home the March box office opening weekend record, too!
As of right now, the family-friendly movie is the seventh-biggest domestic opening for any film ever, although some studios are even putting their total domestic numbers as high as $174 million — which could up it in the list.
We’ll know the final, official numbers on Monday.
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Internationally, Beauty and the Beast was number one pretty much everywhere, including taking in $22.8 million in the U.K. alone, and another $44.8 million in China!
Dave Hollis, the Disney distribution chief, relayed his thoughts on what made this flick SO spectacular on this weekend:
“There were a combination of factors that made this a recipes for success. There was a nostalgia for the original and the Disney brand. And Emma Watson was perfectly cast as Belle. The visual effects were also their own character. And I love our date. We have five weeks of rolling spring break ahead of us.”
No kidding to ALL of the above — and a very shrewd look at that last part. We’ll see for how many weeks it can maintain a top spot!!
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What do you think, Perezcious readers?!
Did you go see anything in theaters this weekend??
Let us know in the comments (below)!!!
[Image via Disney.]