The moment that we have all been waiting for is finally here!
After months and months of anticipation for the release of the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” film, and seeing “Beauty and the Beast” everything everywhere, the wait is finally over. Now the question is, did the film live up to the hype? Well one thing is for sure, expectations were met at the box office.
The new take on the “tale as old as time” shattered box-office records. The live-action “Beauty and the Beast” opened with a whopping $170 million in North American ticket sales, and an additional $180 million internationally, making it the record holder for G- or PG-rated movies. Dethroning fellow Disney movie “Finding Dory” from 2016, which raked in $135 million, the film will also take the the prize of seventh-best opening in U.S. film history, and this year’s top opening so far.
So how does this stack up to the rest of the competition? Fox, with the help of comScore, complied a list that shows just how amazing the film did in comparison to the rest of the top 10:
1. “Beauty and the Beast,” $170 million ($180 million international)
2. “Kong: Skull Island,” $28.9 million ($38.5 million international)
3. “Logan,” $17.5 million ($31.5 million international)
4. “Get Out,” $13.3 million ($2.9 million international)
5. “The Shack,” $6.1 million
6. “The Lego Batman Movie,” $4.7 million ($2.4 million international)
7. “The Belko Experiment,” $4.1 million
8. “Hidden Figures,” $1.5 million ($3.5 million international)
9. “John Wick: Chapter Two,” $1.2 million ($2.1 million international)
10. “Before I Fall,” $1 million
Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney, attributed part of the movie’s booming success to nostalgia, “What’s exciting here is there is an opportunity to see these beloved stories in a way that’s never been seen before, but you get to build that on the foundation of something that’s very familiar.” But, he also also added, “You don’t get to $170 million because of nostalgia, you have to ultimately make these movies great.”
And based on the reviews, that’s exactly what Disney did. They made it great. As an avid Disney fan myself, I went to see the film opening weekend, and I had my doubts, but it did not disappoint! I don’t want to give anything away, but there’s definitely something magical about seeing your favorite childhood Disney movies come to life.
And it seems like I’m not the only one who feels this way.
— Neil Hurst (@neilhurst) March 19, 2017
10/10 #BeautyAndTheBeast is such a magical movie. I smiled throughout the entire thing and happy cried a few times out of pure nostalgia 😍🌹
— Meghan Camarena (@Strawburry17) March 17, 2017
And the actors had some fun with the premiere as well…
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 17, 2017
So, if you haven’t see the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” yet, what are you waiting for?
[h/t: Fox News]