‘Beauty And The Beast’ Expected To Top $100 Million At US Box Office Debut | Film News
Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of the classic 1991, Beauty And The Beast, will be hitting the theatres March 17 and expectations on the box office debut are incredibly high.
Beauty And The Beast arrived on tracking Thursday and pre-release surveys suggests that the movie would reach as high as $120 million in its North American debut alone. Disney insiders are a bit cautious, modestly settling their expectations for $100 million-plus instead.
Anything above $100 million will immediately cement the film as one of the top showings for March, with the current record holder being last year’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, with $166.1 million. Other films in this listing include The Hunger Games in 2012, Alice In Wonderland from 2010 and Oz The Great And Powerful for 2013.
The movie, helmed by Bill Condon, follows the current trend of live-action remakes of classic animated films and retells the story of a beautiful and independent young woman taken prisoner by a cursed Beast, who eventually learns to look past his unpleasant exterior to find the true prince within.
Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans will be playing the leads, while Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson make up the supporting cast.
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