Beauty And The Beast sets records locally and worldwide

Beauty and the Beast Sets March Record and Debuts Globally to $350 Million

"Beauty" cost the hardly trifling sum of $300 million to make, but analysts say it should easily reach profitability.

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Internationally, Beauty and the Beast made $180 million, with encouraging starts in the U.K., China, South Korea, and Mexico.

And last year's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was massive, too, at $166 million, but Beauty and the Beast ran right past it this year to bring home the March box office opening weekend record, too!

Belle is now within striking distance of Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3, though it appears that it will fall short of the Robert Downey Jr and Shane Black film's $174 million.

That total broke multiple Hollywood records, including one set past year by Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice for the biggest March opening.

The animation film starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens of Downtown Abbey as the prince marked the seventh time the company has debuted a movie that totaled more than $150 million in its opening weekend.

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Predicted to be one of 2017's most-anticipated movies, Beauty and the Beast launched itself into a land of enchantment.

Beauty and the Beast tells the story of the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, handsome and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle.

Beauty and the Beast is now on top of the box office, denying the mighty Kong: Skull Island its second frame in the number one spot. It enchanted United Kingdom 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. Other strong March openers were "The Hunger Games" ($152 million in 2012) and "Alice in Wonderland" ($116 million in 2010).

The record haul is good news for Disney since the movie had a steep $160 million production budget.

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