Disney's new movie 'Beauty and the Beast'' made an estimated $170 million in domestic ticket sales in its debut, the seventh largest opening weekend ever. Fred Katayama reports.
Disney's latest live-action remake "Beauty and the Beast" crashed the box-office last weekend, bringing in an estimated $170 million dollars in domestic ticket sales. It set a record for a March opening. Internationally, the film grossed $350 million. All that on a $160 million production budget. ComScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. (SOUNDBITE) PAUL DERGARABEDIAN, SENIOR MEDIA ANALYST, COMSCORE, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "It's this all-inclusive rating. They also had a great release date, and, of course, that great Disney branding. But, I think, a huge part of this was the casting of Emma Watson as Belle. We've known her as Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series, so people have grown up with her. She is the perfect, I think, person to play this role, and, in our audience survey that we do at comScore called PostTrack almost 30 percent of people who went to see the movie, went to see Beauty and the Beast, went because of Emma Watson. That's a huge number." "Beauty and the Beast" was the seventh largest domestic opening of all-time, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. Trailing far behind last weekend: "Kong: Skull Island," falling to $28.8 million after a strong, $61 million debut, and Fox's movie "Logan," with an estimated $17.5 million.