'Beauty And The Beast' makes over $170 million in opening weekend

Here's how it looked when Watson threw a snowball at the Beast.   Disney

Here's how it looked when Watson threw a snowball at the Beast. Disney

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.

This Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon, found widespread acclaim and some backlash for including what Condon called Disney's first openly gay character, Josh Gad's LeFou. The "Tale as Old as Time" is likely to become the fifth highest grossing three-day opening of all-time, and the highest grossing three-day opening weekend for a PG-rated movie ever. Its cumulative total now stands at $42.6 million. A dazzling $22.8M in the United Kingdom gave BATB the highest grossing 3-day opening weekend ever for a PG title; and China opened to $44.8M for the biggest-ever Disney Live Action launch weekend. "I feel like I was so lucky in getting this crown jewel (Beauty and the Beast), but I'll see her in Little Mermaid, absolutely", Condon says.

WB and Legendary's "Kong:Skull Island" was in second place at about 29.9 million US dollars, and Fox' s "Logan" placed third at an estimated 17.5 million USA dollars.

Horror flick The Belko Project opened in seventh place with just $4 million, but that number isn't devastating against its modest $5 million production budget.

The Shack rounded out the top five generating $6.1 million, pushing earnings for the faith-based romantic drama, starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer, to over $42.6 million.

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