Beauty and the Beast sets March record and debuts globally to $350 million
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. It’s also the highest domestic debut ever for a Disney live-action title and the seventh Walt Disney Studios release to open over $150 million. Made for $160 million without counting marketing expenses, the film received an A Cinema Score from audiences.With an estimated $180 million internationally, the global opening reached estimated $350 million for the #2 March debut of all-time both globally and internationally. Beauty and the Beast opened as the #1 film in virtually all markets. It enchanted UK audiences to become highest-grossing three-day opening weekend of all-time for a PG movie with $22.8 million, while China opened to an estimated $44.8 million, making it the biggest ever Disney live-action opening weekend of all-time and representing a strong 67% market share. The film has yet to open in France, Australia, and Japan. IMAX had a fairy tale weekend at the box office as Beauty and the Beast waltzed its way to a record-setting $21 million on 1,026 IMAX screens worldwide in 56 markets, including $12.5 million on 377 North American IMAX screens and $8.5 million from 649 IMAX screens internationally. Domestically, IMAX represented seven of the film’s top 10 locations. In China, the film grossed $3.4 million on 386 screens.