Tale As Old As Time Arrives At Box Office

“Beauty and the Beast” waltzes its way into audiences’ hearts this weekend. It’s a tale as old as time, set to the music of clinging and clanging cash registers. A combination of nostalgia for the original Disney animated classic and the recent popularity of live-action fairy tales is translating into massive ticket sales. Nearly every person of speaking age on the planet is aware of the story of “Beauty and the Beast,” both from the French fairy tale and the 1991 animated smash. The new version has been praised for honoring the sense of romance and magic that made the cartoon so beloved, while updating it for a new generation of moviegoers.


“Beauty and the Beast” is expected to open to more than $120 million domestically, with some rival studios and tracking services projecting a debut in the $140 million range. Overseas, the story of the bookish French girl who melts a monster’s hardened heart will open in nearly 70% of the global market, including China, Russia, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. The film should add between $80 million and $110 million to its haul from those countries. That means that “Beauty and the Beast” may have racked up as much as $240 million globally by the time Monday comes around.

Disney spent $160 million making the movie. The cast includes Emma Watson and “Downton Abbey’s” Dan Stevens as her horned love interest. (Variety)

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