Disney's Beauty and the Beast was only projected to make somewhere between $120-$140 millon for its domestic opening weekend, but now it is being reported that the Disney flick has made well above that range. Beauty and the Beast has made a whopping $170 million this weekend at the domestic box office. This beats the previous March record set by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million) last year. This also makes it the second highest grossing opening weekend featuring a female lead after Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Chances are that Beauty and the Beast will keep the highest grossing opening weekend of the year until Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The weekend breakdown for the Disney flick is...
Friday: $63.7 million
Saturday: $62.7 million
Sunday: $43.4 million
The Sataurday is so huge that it's the highest grossing Saturday ever just after Jurassic World ($69.6 million), Marvel's The Avengers ($69.5 million), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($68.2 million). Experts are saying that Beauty and the Beast could even have a much larger Sunday than what is being estimated, it could go as high as $50 million and this would make its opening weekend $177 million, which would beat Iron Man 3 ($174 million). Due to its great audience reception and just the way family blockbusters work, Beauty and the Beast is projected to reach a massive $500 million domestic overall.
Overseas, the Disney flick has made $180 million, and this is without it being opened in big markets like Australia and Japan. Unfortunately, the film was banned in Russia and Malaysia for its so-called "gay controversy." Nevertheless, Beauty and the Beast is expected to make around $650-750 million overseas, which would mean a worldwide total of $1.15-1.25 billion. Have you already watched this masterpiece? Sound off below!