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Beauty & the Beast breaks box office records for family movies

21 March 2017

In the US the film broke or bested 5 box-office records; Top domestic opening of all time for a film rated PG, 7th highest launch of all time for any movie, Biggest debut of all time for a female-fueled film, Biggest US opening in nearly a year (since Marvel/Disney's Captain America: Civil War), and Biggest opening for a live-action adaptation of an animated film (beating Alice in Wonderland).

It was huge in the United Kingdom with $22.8 million - one of the top five openings ever there - and impressed in China with $44.8 million, already topping the entire runs of Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

It's also the biggest opening ever for a PG-rated movie (passing last year's "Finding Dory, "$135 million) and is seventh place in all-time opening weekend grosses (moving past "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, "$169.1 million).

In one weekend, it has notched up $350 million, overtaking the likes of The LEGO Batman Movie, Kong: Skull Island, and The Space Between Us.

"Beauty and the Beast", directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, the picture Beauty and the Beast felled many other records, too. The previous record was set a year ago by 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, ' with $166 million. The franchise includes 2010's "Alice in Wonderland", 2014's "Maleficent", 2015's "Cinderella", and last year's "The Jungle Book". And more are to follow: Remakes of Dumbo, Mulan and The Lion King are already in the works.

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Emma Watson is supposed to be the heart of the film, although doesn't seem to be the right fit for Belle's character, giving out the most stiff and forced performance ever seen in a movie. It's also the best opening weekend of 2017 so far.

Kopp said the movie appeals to children and adults who grew up with the original 1991 animated version of "Beauty and the Beast".

Emma Watson's box office success is a tale as old as time.

Fifth was Lionsgate's 'The Shack, ' with Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer, the story of a man who, after suffering a shocking personal tragedy, receives a mysterious invitation to go to a remote cabin deep in a forest.

Beauty & the Beast breaks box office records for family movies