Disney's Beauty and the Beast has broken box office records after taking £18.4m over its opening weekend.
The British actress was reportedly given an upfront pay cheque of $3 million (£2.4 million) but depending on how well the movie goes over with audiences, sources are suggesting that she could take home up five times that amount.
Raging ape: Kong: Skull Island lagged far behind Beauty And The Beast with $28.8 million for second place in its second weekend. "It's such a gratifying thing to see audiences respond to a film". It enchanted United Kingdom audiences to become highest-grossing three-day opening weekend of all-time for a PG movie with $22.8 million, while China opened to an estimated $44.8 million, making it the biggest ever Disney live-action opening weekend of all-time and representing a strong 67% market share.
Walt Disney Pictures' Beauty and the Beast grossed a dazzling $170 million domestically for the seventh-biggest debut of all-time, the #1 March debut ever (beating Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's $166 million), and the #1 PG movie debut of all time. They delivered box-office records and historically high profits for the company previous year. "Beauty and the Beast" follows other successful live-action Disney film remakes such as "Alice in Wonderland", "Cinderella", "Maleficent," and "The Jungle Book", which made its debut past year. This weekend the remake of Beauty and the Beast became the latest to claim one of those titles. BoxOfficePro was predicting $27.5 million.
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