It's very clear by now that Beauty and the Beast is undoubtedly Disney's biggest live-action success story, with the Emma Watson-led tale drawing in the crowds and obliterating a great number of box office records in the process.
However, the Bill Condon-directed movie has done far more than topple Kong: Skull Island and earn a monstrous $170 million at the U.S. box office alone. In fact, the re-imagining of the 1991 animation has surpassed five records in one fell swoop, including becoming the biggest opening for a PG-rating ever (both in the UK and America), as well as the biggest domestic and international opening of all time. Previously, Finding Dory was seen swimming in this privilege.
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Additionally, #BeautyAndTheBeast now holds the coveted spot of being the seventh biggest opening in cinematic history, trailing only slightly behind the #HarryPotter series. It is also the biggest debut for a movie with a female lead and from Disney's perspective, the House of Mouse's highest debuting live-action remake — previously that honor was held by Alice in Wonderland with its huge $116.1 million opening.
Ultimately, despite the controversy surrounding the movie's "exclusively gay moment" (and the fact that it was banned in Malaysia by the nation's strict censorship authorities), the tale as old as time's success has continued to gather momentum. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, producer David Hoberman tried to explain what it was the 2017 offering that proved so enchanting to audiences, saying:
"This is such a beloved property. And in such a time of uncertainty in this country, and all over the world, I think this movie gives people a sense of joy and comfort."
So, stop wasting time, re-watch the trailer below and get yourself to the cinema as far as your tiny legs can carry you:
Is Beauty and the Beast deserving of these box office records?
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)