‘Magnificence and the Beast’ nabs $350 million worldwide

'Beauty and the Beast' stars discuss the film's message of acceptance

“Magnificence and the Beast,” Disney’s reside motion remake of its beloved 1991 animated movie, made an estimated $350 million worldwide this weekend.

Of that whole, $170 million got here at theaters in North America.

The home whole exceeded what individuals within the trade had anticipated, and it broke the report for the most important field workplace opening in March. The report had been held by final yr’s opening of “Batman v Superman: Daybreak of Justice.” It is also the very best opening weekend of 2017 up to now.

The movie, which stars Emma Watson as Belle, is one other blockbuster hit for Disney’s reside motion reboots of animated movies. The franchise contains 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland,” 2014’s “Maleficent,” 2015’s “Cinderella,” and final yr’s “The Jungle E-book.”

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“Magnificence and the Beast” had a giant opening weekend for Disney.

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“‘Magnificence and the Beast’ is the most recent instance of Disney’s completely executed technique of going to their animation vaults, dusting off a traditional and reinventing it as a contemporary live-action film,” stated Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore (SCOR).

The movie’s PG ranking, mid-March launch, casting, and mixture of each new and traditional songs helped result in the movie’s massive opening, Degarabedian stated.

The report haul is sweet information for Disney (DIS) because the film had a steep $160 million manufacturing finances.

Different reside motion remakes in improvement at Disney: “Dumbo,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “Mulan” and “Pinocchio.”

CNNMoney (New York) First printed March 19, 2017: 11:57 AM ET