'Beauty and the Beast' Nabs $350 Million Worldwide

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Of that total, $170 million came at theaters in North America.

Emma Watson is set to net a cool $15 million following the news that Beauty And The Beast is breaking all sets of records worldwide.

Considering Beauty and the Beast, which hit the U.S. theatres on March 18, is set to land one of the top 10 openings of all time and as per the reports, the film has already pulled in a record United States dollars 63.8 million on day one and is projected to make up to USD 170 million over the weekend. The sequel opened in just 5 locations, but banked $36,000 per screen, second only this weekend to Beauty and the Beast's $40,000 per screen. "Beauty and the Beast" which had a budget of $160 million, is the latest effort by Disney to re-create its animated classics with live action and digital effects.

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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. It follows previous remakes such as Cinderella, Maleficent and last year's The Jungle Book.

The film's PG rating, mid-March release, casting, and mix of both new and classic songs helped lead to the film's big opening, Degarabedian said.

Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Josh Gad, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellan, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Emma Thompson, director Bill Condon's film is out now in Disney 3D across the UK.

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