'Beauty and the Beast' smashes box office records

Watson was a flawless Belle and shined in her role, and Stevens managed to make a computer generated image (CGI) Beast feel believable.

The update of the animated Disney classic took in $45 million in China during its opening weekend, making for Disney's strongest live-action opening yet, and accounting for 48% of the week's total box office. It made $116.1 million in its debut weekend, about $54 million less than Beauty and the Beast. "The fact it set a box office record says a lot about its quality".

Disney's live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast" opened in theaters this past weekend, and it already broke a few records, according to Time magazine.

Thus far, the odds seem to be in Watson's favour as "Beauty and the Beast" just had the biggest opening weekend ever for a PG-rated movie, raking in US$170 million in North American box offices. Which would make it the seventh highest opening weekend of all time and the highest ever opening weekend for a March release. Through nostalgic costuming, cutting-edge special effects and inspired musical direction, "Beauty and the Beast" truly is a story that lasts a lifetime. It'll be close; the previous record, held by Batman V Superman, stands at $166 million. Characters like Beast receive more backstory and we get the insight of other characters like the enchantress, Lumière, but perhaps most notably, Gaston's right-hand man, Lefou.

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"I auditioned to be in the ensemble (for the Broadway musical) and I wasn't cast and I was devastated, and then, you know, things worked out!", she smiled on USA breakfast show Good Morning America.

The film, which stars Emma Watson as Belle, is another blockbuster hit for Disney's live action reboots of animated films. However, Belle befriends the staff of the castle and learns to look beyond the beast's disgusting exterior.

The film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as Beast, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Luke Evans as Gaston, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, and Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Kevin Kline as Maurice, and Tony Award victor Audra McDonald as Garderobe.

  • Kyle Peterson