Disney’s highly anticipated Beauty and the Beast came in several million dollars above its already-massive Sunday box office estimate, with Monday actuals showing a $174.7 million start. Not only is that the highest March opening ever, but it’s also the 12th-highest opening of all time, adjusted for inflation. Last weekend’s leader, Warner Bros.’ Kong:
Disney was the Belle of the ball this weekend, as their live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast broke several records with its estimated $170.0 million opening. Disney has found box office success with their live-action remakes or reimaginings of classic animated films but this one dominated them all, arriving 64.6
Saturday Update: Disney reports this morning that Beauty and the Beast earned a huge $63.787 million on opening day Friday, including Thursday night’s $16.3 million debut. The overall first day take nearly doubles the $32 million of last year’s The Jungle Book and stands as the best opening day in history for a PG-rated film.
2017 has already been off to a generally strong start — especially the past few weekends — but it’s finally time for Disney to make its first appearance at this year’s box office ball with Beauty and the Beast. The long-awaited live-action take on the 1991 animated classic has been generating immense levels