Beauty & the Beast represents another movie in Disney's branded strategy to adapt old fairy-tales for a live-action remake.
Belle's mother isn't the only parental figure given more of a story in the live action Beauty and the Beast. It also became the highest-grossing Fri-Sun opening for a PG film in the UJ, as well as the biggest ever March opening weekend of all time and the biggest ever opening for a musical, beating Les Misérables. It topped the previous March opening weekend record of $166 million set by Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice a year ago and also the seventh largest opening weekend ever.
Disney is already making plans for other live-action movies, like "Aladdin" (TBD), "The Lion King" (TBD) and "The Little Mermaid" (TBD), according to MoviePilot. The actor also has a supporting turn playing Lumiere, a candlestick, in "Beauty and the Beast". But those who'd purchased tickets to see the movie Monday received text messages from Kuwait's National Cinema Company informing them that screenings were cancelled due to "unforeseen difficulties".
And last but not least, Beauty and the Beast has allowed Disney to break a record of its own in the category of animated-film-turned-live-action-film. 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 previous year. "I don't think that was going to dissuade anyone except the most narrow-minded from seeing this film".
Beauty and the Beast has recorded the seventh best opening overall in the United States and Canada.More news: Hezbollah: Israel Attacking Syria To Prevent ISIS Defeat
Other studios stayed clear of the Disney juggernaut.
For the last couple of weeks, all you've probably heard is news regarding Beauty and The Beast's gay involving LeFou.
Universal's horror film "Get Out" (taking $133.1 million in four weeks) followed next, with Lionsgate's "The Shack" ranking fifth at a three-week total of $42.6 million.
In limited release, "T2 Trainspotting", a sequel to the 1996 cult comedy about a group of heroin addicts, opened in five locations, earning $180,000. But, Watson could potentially make as much as $15 million for the film, depending on how well the movie does globally.