‘Beauty And The Beast’ Blows Up Box Office Again, Breaks Records

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

“Beauty and the Beast” had another amazing weekend at the box office bringing in a total of $317 million since it opened on March 16, making it the highest grossing March ever.

Disney’s live-action version by director Bill Condon has topped all other films in the last 10 days and made $88.3 million in North American ticket sales its second weekend out, according to Variety. It also set a record as the fourth largest second weekend total of all time. (RELATED: Disney Pushes Gay ‘Moment’ In Upcoming ‘Beauty And The Beast’)

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

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

The fantasy tale trailed just fourth behind such huge blockbuster hits as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at $149 million; “Jurassic World” with $106 million; and Marvel’s “The Avengers” that made $103 million.(RELATED: ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Rocks The Box Office With Mind-Blowing Opening Weekend)

“Beauty and the Beast,” with Emma Watson as Belle, and Dan Stevens playing the Beast, danced into moviegoers’ hearts in its opening weekend bringing in $170 million and making it the seventh best opening weekend of all time.

The remake of the 1991 classic continues to break overseas box office records as well the second weekend out, making $119.2 million playing in France, Australia, and Argentina, and earning $690.3 globally to date, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Earning the second spot was Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers” with $40.5 million, and rounding out third place was Warner’s “Kong: Skull Island” with $14.4 million.

“March has become a rockstar of a month and in particular 2017 enjoyed a perfect storm of new hits and strong February releases that showed amazing staying power like ‘Get Out’ and ‘The Lego Batman Movie,'” Paul Dergarabedian with comScore said.  “The cumulative allure of an impressive slate of films conjured up a flat out great month in theaters, generating impressive momentum as the industry charges into what promises to be a furious April and a smashing summer movie season that kicks off in May with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2.'”

Katie Jerkovich

Entertainment Reporter


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