'Beauty and the Beast' roars with monstrous $170M debut, setting new record

The remake also nabbed several other less notable distinctions, including the highest opening for a Disney animated to mostly-live-action conversion and seventh highest domestic opening weekend ever (just passing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and its $169 million debut in 2011). There is one person in particular though that is more captivated by one of Disney's other icons, that being the handsome Ariel from The Little Mermaid.

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.

The actress is actively seeking the role of Ariel in the live-action remake, and in an online plea to studio bosses last month, the "Mean Girls" star suggested Condon should direct her. It was sweet, it was very sweet of her.

Rumours during filming of Beauty And The Beast abounded that Dan Stevens, who plays the Beast, was refused a rental auto upgrade in order to accommodate his two children; it was also claimed that Disney refused to pay for an upgraded flight for Lily James' mother during promotion for Cinderella. "I hope she gets to make that movie", Condon told Vulture magazine. "If there's a hat, I'll catapult my name into it however I possibly can". Despite her fears, Belle befriends with the beast and learns to look to beyond his ugly exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

The film starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans also earned $180 million overseas for a global total of $350 million, according to THR.

Beauty and the Beast is in theaters now.

  • Ernesto Newman