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20 March 2017, 07:29 | Anna Nguyen
Beauty and the Beast roars to record-breaking $170M debut
Disney's live-action film Beauty and the Beast has collected Rs 6.67 crore in its opening weekend at India box office.
It's a trend that started with Disney's live-action update of "Alice in Wonderland" seven years ago, a film whose $116 million opening proved once and for all that you could open a blockbuster in March as easily as in May or June. The picture also brought in US$180 million internationally. It's already looking at the March opening weekend record set just a year ago by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with $166 million.
However, mainland China had absolutely no issue with the film - which centers around the romance between Emma Watson and a kidnapping buffalo - and its "gay moment", releasing it across the country with no cuts, and no parental advisories.
As if that weren't enough, the film beat a number of other records as well, according to T.H.R.-including the best domestic opening ever for a PG film, handily beating out Finding Dory, which opened with $135 million a year ago.
The drive-in hosted a "dance ball" on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, where children and adults were invited to dress up like their favorite characters from "Beauty and the Beast" and dance to their favorite songs from the movie underneath a large tent before the film was shown on the big screen.
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Disney's cartoon-to-live-action adaptations have tried, mostly with success, to be as imaginative and stunning to look at as the original animation.
The film stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, as well as Luke Evans as Gaston, the narcissistic villain constantly after Belle's hand in marriage. It's also the best opening weekend of 2017 so far.
The film, directed by Oscar victor Bill Condon and based on the 1991 animated film, cost $160 million to make. The horror film, which cost less than US$5 million to make, grossed US$4.1 million.
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