Beauty And The Beast Sets MAJOR Box Office Records In Massive Opening Weekend!

WOW!!!

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!

Again… WOW!!!

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.]

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