Beauty And The Beast Shines, Breaks World Box Office Records
Not even pulling the movie from Malaysia has stopped this Disney film from going ham at the box office, even breaking some records along the way. Not only is it the biggest opening of the year so far, it’s the best for a release in March and it currently ranks 7th all-time, inflation not reflected.
From North America alone, Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” drove many movie-goers to the theaters, racking up $170 million in the process. What about overseas you say? With $44.8 million coming from China, the movie made $180 million internationally. If you think it’s going to slow down after opening week, think again.
According to a senior media analyst from comScore, Paul Dergarabedian, he predicts the film will eventually surpass the $1 billion mark globally.
To put this beastly opening in perspective, the previous record for a G- or PG-rated release was 2016’s Finding Dory. Also a Disney movie, Ellen DeGeneres’ character feature, pulled in $135 million in its debut.
Beauty and the Beast wasn’t cheap to make though. It cost around $160 million and if you’ve seen the film already, it’s full of digital and special effects. Not to mention having to pay Ariana Grande and John Legend for the main track, and who are we to forget the main stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans and Josh Gad.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you should, because it looks like everyone else will eventually.