Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast remake has made $170 million on its opening weekend, smashing the previous March record held by 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
"Beauty and the Beast" was also a smash hit overseas, with $180 million in sales in 44 countries. 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.
"Be Our Guest" is definitely the grandest number in Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" in terms of visual effects. Others in the lucrative group include "Alice in Wonderland", which picked up $1 billion worldwide, "Cinderella" with its $543.5 million global haul, and last year's "The Jungle Book", which racked up a mighty $966.6 million after finishing its run.
Meanwhile, Emma Watson is expected to pull in Dollars 15 million ( Rs 100 crore approximately) for the live-action remake of the 1991 Disney classic.
Film site Fandango reported the movie had sold out at more than 1,000 showtimes in big cities and small, something more common for superhero blockbusters than for a family-oriented production. It's also the best opening weekend of 2017 so far. In China, the film grossed $3.4 million on 386 screens.
Emma Watson attends the NY screening of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast".
It will also reaffirm to Disney that remaking its classic animated films is a solid business decision - as if that was needed.
Beauty and the Beast is now on top of the box office, denying the mighty Kong: Skull Island its second frame in the number one spot.
Starring in the new Beauty and the Beast film is a dream come true for Audra McDonald after missing out on a role in the Broadway stage musical back in 1993. While the box office is sure to be boffo, the reviews are less sensational.
Horror film Get Out and The Shack round out the new top five in fourth and fifth place, respectively.