March 20, 2017


Which Box Office Records Did 'Beauty and the Beast' Smash?

Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures

Disney's money-counter may be the hardest-working machine in human history. On its opening weekend, Beauty and the Beast added another $170 million to the company's coffers. That marks the new biggest domestic March opening of all time, topping last year's $166 million earned by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It's also the biggest PG-rated opener ever, way over last summer's $135 million for Finding Dory.

Box Office Mojo identifies Beauty and the Beast's live-action remake success as the seventh-biggest American opening weekend ever; the only other film in the Top 7 that isn't from Disney is Jurassic World. Whoa. (Four are Marvel; one is Star Wars.)

Abroad, Beauty made $180 million in 44 markets, bringing it to a $350 million total on weekend No. 1.

The ducat-nerds at Box Office Mojo also got real granular with a few more U.S. box office honors, saying the film nabbed "the largest spring opening weekend, fourth largest Saturday gross of all-time, sixth largest Sunday gross and eighth largest theater average for a wide opening release." If you want international nerdery, "Disney reports the same suite of markets at today's rates shows Beauty and the Beast's opening weekend running +35% ahead of The Jungle Book, +96% ahead of Alice In Wonderland, +100% ahead of Maleficent and +148% ahead of Cinderella."

Hear the ladies of the Besterday podcast talk about what they find creepy about Beauty and the Beast in the episode below: