'Beauty and the Beast' Nabs $350 Million Worldwide

The monster ape movie's domestic haul now stands at a not inconsiderable $110.1 million and $259 million worldwide.

The live action update of the 1991 animated classic scored the second biggest March debut on a global basis, coming in behind "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's" $424.1 million launch.

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).

The live action remake of the Disney classic, which stars Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor and Sir Ian Mckellen, is reported to have picked up between $170 million and $174 million (approx £140 million) in USA box office sales since opening on Friday.

This Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon, found widespread acclaim and some backlash for including what Condon called Disney's first openly gay character, Josh Gad's LeFou.

The film will also hold the title for the most successful opening weekend for a PG film, musical and non-sequel. "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 previous year.

The film, which stars Emma Watson as Belle, is another blockbuster hit for Disney's live action reboots of animated films.

It carries a hefty $160 million budget but it has already recouped that and looks likely to earn far more as its run continues.

  • Kyle Peterson