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Now, while 's may not be set to hit theaters until March 17, that hasn't stopped a whole lot of folks from getting substantially over-excited about its imminent arrival. Indeed, it seems that the one-two-three punch of the beloved original movie, the presence of and, of course, the voice of that guy from Downton Abbey who your parents quite like is set to bring the House of Mouse yet another massive success.

The only question remaining then, it seems, is just how much money the film is going to make upon release, and from the sounds of it:

'Beauty And The Beast' Is Currently Set To Break At Least One Box Office Record

'Beauty and the Beast' [Credit: Disney]
'Beauty and the Beast' [Credit: Disney]

That, at least, is what the folks over at Fandango are currently suggesting, and since they sell a whole lot of advance tickets online, they really ought to know.

Speaking with EW recently, Fandango managing editor Erik Davis recently revealed that:

"'Beauty' is a beast in presales, and I think it’s going to surprise a lot of people... It’s looking bigger than most Disney live-action adaptations, like 'The Jungle Book,' 'Cinderella', or 'Maleficent'. Its presales rival those of a superhero movie."

What's more, it seems that Beauty and the Beast is also currently exceeding presales for both last year's big family hit (and current record holder for largest domestic opening weekend for a family picture) Finding Dory and the immensely successful Captain America: Civil War. With those movies respectively making $135 million and $180 million in their opening weekends, that might just give Beauty and the Beast a chance to make an absolutely ridiculous amount of money at the box office in a week and a half's time.

'Beauty and the Beast' [Credit: Disney]
'Beauty and the Beast' [Credit: Disney]

Of course, whether it can actually top Finding Dory's total — and take the "family picture opening weekend" record in the process — very much remains to be seen, seeing as early predictions put its likely first weekend tally at closer to $120 million. If fan interest really is as high as it seems, though, it's entirely possible that Dory's $135 million could soon be eclipsed, and even Civil War's giant total might yet come under threat.

Either way, though, with an $120 million haul now looking like a conservative estimate, Disney looks set to have an extremely good March.

Check out the original Beauty and the Beast trailer compared to the new, live-action release in the video below and be sure to watch more over at Movie Pilot Video.

What do you think, though? How much do you think Beauty and the Beast will earn domestically on its opening weekend? Let us know below!

(Sources: EW)


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