The live-action remake of the fairy-tale grossed about $170 million on its opening weekend.
From the time Disney first announced the remake of Beauty & the Beast, over the first posters and trailers up to the moment when the movie finally came to the big screens, audiences were expecting a lot from Disney, looking back to the 1991 animated movie with nostalgia. And obviously, Disney didn’t fail to impress. Beauty & the Beast had one of the most successful opening weekends of all time.
The live-action remake, directed by Bill Condon, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, grossed about $170 million on the global box office only this weekend, which makes it the seventh most successful opening weekend of all time.
With those earnings, it also tops Emma Watson’s personal record of about $169 million for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. At the moment the ranking is dominated by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and Marvel’s The Avengers.
Beauty & the Beast also surpassed every other family movie and holds the record for the most successful PG-rated movie and musical.
The latest remake follows the story of the bookworm Belle, played by Emma Watson, who, after growing up in a small French village, helps a troubled Beast to break the spell he is under.
While the movie plot stays close to the 1991 original, including song classics such as “Belle” or “Be Our Guest”, Bill Condon fleshes out a bit more of Belle’s back story, with Emma Watson supporting the character of the strong, feminist heroine.
The Harry Potter-actress previously turned down to play the role of Cinderella, stating that the fairy-tale’s title character was not a suitably empowered role model for young women, while she felt that the character of Belle “resonated” with her much more.
Beauty & the Beast represents another movie in Disney’s branded strategy to adapt old fairy-tales for a live-action remake. Others in the group include Alice in Wonderland or last year’s The Jungle Book. And more are to follow: Remakes of Dumbo, Mulan and The Lion King are already in the works.
Scarlett Johansson becomes a cyborg for the 2017 film version of the Japanese Ghost in the Shell.Read More
The Museum of the Moving Image today shut down Shia LaBeouf’s “He Will Not Divide Us” art installation. A statement the New York museum said the artwork became a “flashpoint for violence” and that it was “disrupted from its original intend.”Read More
Warner Bros. recently dropped a new teaser for the upcoming Wonder Woman movie.Read More
A delicacy restaurant in Brooklyn found a rather quiet, but convenient way to protest against Trump’s immigration ban by printing a political statement on their receipts.Read More
Netflix dropped the very first trailer for their new Marvel series Iron Fist.Read More
The Northern Irish punk rock band will make its way to Dublin this December.Read More
M. Night Shymalan, the writer and director of the horror thriller Split, hinted that he is already working on a follow-up for the movie.Read More
A new trailer for the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie has been revealed.Read More
After recently avoiding the spotlight, following her split from Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie reappears in the media to raise a voice against Trump’s recent refugee ban.Read More
Along with their new music, the band also announced upcoming tour dates for the UK and Ireland.Read More
In yesterdays interview with BBC Radio 2 the Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi revealed that he will leave the series after the upcoming 10th season.Read More
Since Sunday hundreds of Uber users deleted the app from their phones or closed their accounts after the driving company didn’t take part in the taxi strike at New York’s JFK Airport.Read More
While a second season of the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer was already confirmed in 2016, no actual release date has been announced since then. Netflix now gives an update on when more episodes can be expected.Read More
The director of the cult classic Donnie Darko has been quiet for quite a long time. Over 15 years after the movie premiered on the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, Richard Kelly brings up the possibility that a sequel could actually happenRead More
Following her controversial speech at the Women’s March on Washington, a radio station in Texas announced, that they won’t play any of Madonna’s songs anymore, stating she showed “un-American sentiments.”Read More
After the DC anti-hero movie Suicide Squad failed to truly win over the audience’s hearts, director David Ayer now admits he probably made some mistakes.Read More
The fifth season of the political drama will air on Netflix in May this year.Read More
The teaser shows the Harry Potter star taking the role of gangster Charlie Cavendish.Read More
The head of network HBO revealed why a prequel would be a better choice than a spin-off.Read More
With 10 seasons and about 18 million viewers per episode The Big Bang Theory is one of the biggest comedy shows on television. Now there is an update on the future of the show.Read More
The upcoming Marvel adventure will probably bring together as many superheroes as never before. Now Zoe Saldana also confirmed that she will be back on the screens in green.Read More
New dates for Cork, Dublin and Limerick are added to the tour schedule of the Glasgow singer.Read More
After the short teaser trailer of Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge in October, now Disney released a whole new synopsis for the upcoming movie.Read More
Trainspotting from 1996 will have a comeback to the UK screens as the Trainspotting sequel premieres this month – but only for one night.Read More
For many people the end of the sitcom Scrubs felt like the end of an era. Now, actor Zach Braff teased there could be a return of the cult-show.Read More
The Gloaming returns to Dublin’s National Concert Hall continuing to sell out their shows on their astonishing run.Read More
After the huge box-office success of Suicide Squad, a Harley Quinn spin-off is now reportedly in the works. Get ready for Gotham City Sirens!Read More
Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t due to the cinemas until next year, but a sequel for the movie has already been announced.Read More
The final episode of Sherlock’s fourth season will be shown in cinemas across the UK and Ireland – but only for one night.Read More
Last year RTÉ announced that they will broadcast the Irish version of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Now, ready to air in January, RTÉ has released their full line-up for Dancing With The Stars, containing the names of eleven celebrities who will challenge themselves in the dance off.Read More
Since the death of her husband John Lennon in 1980, Yoko Ono dedicated herself to the plea for stricter gun control laws.Read More
Last night the Irish singer-songwriter made his US late night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing the hit ‘Get Low’ from his latest LP We Move.Read More
Speaking to Screen Junkies at the Brazilian Comic Con Vin Diesel teased that there could one day be a Guardians of the Galaxy spin-off movie centring around the characters of Rocket and Groot.Read More
George R. R. Martin, author of the world famous book series A Song of Ice and Fire, made an appearance at Mexico’s Guadalajara International Book Fair this December and talked about the next novel of his series. But, bad news for the fans – there probably won’t be a happy end.Read More
The award-winning drama Harry Potter and the Cursed Child makes its way to the New York stage. The producers of the play announced that it could air on Broadway as soon as spring 2018.Read More
After the latest animated Disney feature Moana, two of the movie’s directors talk about the opportunity of seeing an LGBTQ princess on the screens.Read More
Fans of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock and Martin Freeman’s Dr Watson are practised in having patience. While only a year passed between the first two seasons, the time intervals between the seasons got longer and longer, leaving fans waiting and speculating. Now BBC confirmed that the first episode of Sherlock’s fourth season will air on January 1, 2017.Read More
After many suggestions from the fan’s side and many delays from the producer’s side, 20th Century Fox has now revealed the release date for the Avatar sequel. The movie is planned to arrive in December 2018.Read More
It’s true! The Kooks come back to the UK with their ‘Best Of’ tour in 2017 starting off in Manchester on April 21st, and winding their way through the country until completing the tour at London’s Alexandra Palace.Read More
The old fairy tale classic about the cursed prince and the young beautiful woman, who fall in love with each other, will reappear on the screens in 2017 – and the new trailer already breaks all records.Read More
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel is planned as the next film of the famous Millennium series.Read More
With his first English-language debut, Chilean director Pablo Larraín releases Jackie, a raw portrait of the iconic 1960s American First Lady.Read More
Days after the Foo Fighters teased a European tour on their website, the tour finally starts to take shape. The band’s vocalist, David Grohl, has now confirmed they will play as headliner for the Polish Open’er Festival.Read More
Back on stage in its 8th year direct from London’s West End: THRILLER LIVE comes to Dublin.Read More
One of the most memorable presidential races in the history of the USA ended with a surprising result: Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States. And from all over the world are coming reactions.Read More
One of the biggest comedy series on television The Big Bang Theory, revolving around the physicist Sheldon Cooper and his friends, is set for a spin-off series Sheldon.Read More
After first sharing a digital passport on their website, the Foo Fighters announced their first tour date of 2017 – the NOS Alive festival in Portugal.Read More
Fans of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series were used to wait for the next book, curious to know how the story around the gunslinger Roland Deschain continues. Now, with the movie coming to the cinemas, they are left waiting again. The first announced release date in February 2017 was cancelled and pushed to summer 2017.Read More