Abroad, Beauty made $180 million in 44 markets, bringing it to a $350 million total on weekend No. 1.
The film, featuring "Harry Potter" veteran Emma Watson as a charming Belle to the frightening Beast played by Dan Stevens of "Downton Abbey" fame, set a record for a March opening in North America, Exhibitor Relations reported. It enchanted United Kingdom audiences to become highest-grossing three-day opening weekend of all-time for a PG movie with $22.8 million, while China opened to an estimated $44.8 million, making it the biggest ever Disney live-action opening weekend of all-time and representing a strong 67% market share.
The $170 million open allowed "Beauty and the Beast" to top a number of the most successful movies in recent American history. The franchise includes 2010's "Alice in Wonderland", 2014's "Maleficent", 2015's "Cinderella", and last year's "The Jungle Book".
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The fairy tale romance earned $US44.8 million in China, grossed $US22.8 million in the United Kingdom, grabbed $US11.9 million in South Korea, nabbed $US10.7 million in Germany, and picked up $US7.6 million in Italy. Nevertheless, Beauty and the Beast is expected to make around $650-750 million overseas, which would mean a worldwide total of $1.15-1.25 billion.
TheHollywood Reporter's sources claim that Emma was paid $3 million upfront for the role. With "Logan" in third place, the horror sensation "Get Out" slid to fourth and continued to drive audiences. Across the globe, "Beauty and the Beast" scored more than three hundred and fifty million dollars, with 170 million in just the United States.
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Despite a few weeks of big releases, the live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast tops them all with Friday earnings of $64.2 million.
Trade analyzing site comScore released the estimated ticket sales of the film on its opening weekend.
"Usually when you're doing animated films. you do a lot of the work in the voice studio, by yourself, but because you see us, at times, in our human forms (for the live-action remake), we all got to be onset together", Audra explained.
In fifth place is Lionsgate's The Shack, with US$6.1 million, for a total of US$42.6 million in USA sales in its third week.