‘Beauty And The Beast’ Rocks The Box Office With Mind-Blowing Opening Weekend

Ford Springer | Contributor

The “Beauty and the Beast” had a tremendous start in the box office for their record-breaking opening weekend with an estimated $170 million in North American ticket sales.

(Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Disney’s newest live-action adaptation set a new record for family movies rated G or PG, according to studio estimates on Sunday, Fox News reports. If the estimates hold up, “Beauty and the Beast” will have blown past Disney’s previous PG-rated record holder that made $135 million in its debut last year.

The 1991 Disney classic remake, starring Emma Watson also brought in $180 million overseas and is expected to eventually reach $1 billion globally. With that kind of success, it’s no wonder the studio is planning to continue turning their classic family movies into live-action adaptations.

(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

“Nostalgia is a very powerful driver for these films,” Disney’s head of distribution Dave Hollis said. “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 on the foundation of something that’s very familiar.”

“But you don’t get to $170 million because of nostalgia,” he added. “You have to ultimately make these movies great.”

Disney has already delivered remakes of “Alice In Wonderland,” “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book.” Down the line they plan to recreate “Dumbo,” “Mulan,” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King.”

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