Moviegoers accepted Disney’s offer to “Be Our Guest” and turned out in droves to see their latest live action musical remake “Beauty and the Beast.” Judging by social media reaction, it’s very good news for the Mouse House.
The latest Disney remake has enchanted its way to a $63.7 million opening Friday from 4,210 locations, a new single-day record for a PG-rated film. Three-day estimates now stand at a potentially record-breaking $170 million. Additionally, the live action remake raked in $40.3 million on Friday from international grosses, bringing its global box office to date to over $115 million.
Here is a sampling of fan reaction:
“Beauty and the Beast” now has the potential to pass “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” for the all-time biggest opening in March. Its opening on Friday has already passed the $58 million made “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” to set a new record for the highest single-day total ever made by a PG-rated film.
The film stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the titular couple, with Ewan McGregor, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ian McKellen, and Emma Thompson among the star-studded cast. It was produced for $160 million.