‘Beauty and the Beast’s’ Box Office Bonanza



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There has been nothing beastly about the opening weekend of the much anticipated Beauty and the Beast, which opened in theaters this weekend. In fact, the movie has smashed records on both sides of the Atlantic.
The live-action film starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast took in an estimated $350 million globally during its opening weekend, making it the top March debut ever in the United States and the seventh best debut of all time.
According to Entertainment Weekly the Disney remake made an estimated $170 million in the US alone.
The film, which was directed by Bill Condon, received some controversy after Gaston’s sidekick – LeFou (played by Josh Gad) reveals he is “confused by his sexuality” and there is a brief “gay moment” scene according to Condon. Disney refused Malaysia’s request to have the scene cut, so the film was shelved there, and in Russia children under the age of sixteen have been banned from watching it.