Beauty and the Beast easily topped this weekend's box office with a whopping $170 million debut!
Walt Disney Pictures' Beauty and the Beast grossed a dazzling $170 million domestically for the seventh-biggest debut of all-time, the #1 March debut ever (beating Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's $166 million), and the #1 PG movie debut of all time.
The movie was also a beast at the United States box office, opening with an estimated $170 million (£137m) and setting a new high mark for family movies.
"'Beauty and the Beast' is the latest example of Disney's perfectly executed strategy of going to their animation vaults, dusting off a classic and reinventing it as a modern live-action movie", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.
According to studio estimates, it blew past Finding Dory, which was the previous record-holder for G- or PG-rated releases after it debuted with $135 million (£108m) a year ago.
Beauty and the Beast will be one of Emma Watson's biggest break after Harry Potter franchise, she was popular for playing the role of one of Harry Potter's best friend Hermione Granger in JK Rowling's film adaption of her novels. Beauty and the Beast opened as the #1 film in virtually all markets.
In other highlights, this is the top March opening ever in several territories, including the UK, Germany and Mexico.
The 37-year-old actor says he had lost touch with how fantastic the journey of the antagonist in the Bill Condon film was, according to the Hollywood Reporter.