Disney's New Movie Is a Beauty of a Beast

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Many more are on the way, too, including those for "Dumbo", "Mulan", "Aladdin" and "The Lion King".

Beauty and the Beast was pulled from cinemas in Kuwait on Monday after censors raised concerns over the content of the new film, which includes what has been called the first "gay moment" for a Disney character. "There was a nostalgia for the original and the Disney brand".

Beauty and the Beast has recorded the seventh best opening overall in the United States and Canada. The company's earlier live-action remakes like "The Jungle Book", "Cinderella", "Maleficent" and "Alice in Wonderland" had garnered $967 million, $544 million, $759 million and more than $1 billion, respectively, worldwide.

Photo // In Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a live-action adaptation of the studio's animated classic, Emma Watson stars as Belle and Kevin Kline is Maurice, Belle's father.

Instead of being a casualty of the writers, Belle's mother in Beauty and the Beast has a looming presence over the entire film.

Last week, Disney shelved the release of the film in Malaysia after refusing to cut the scene to appease censors.

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As for what that means for the future, Beauty and the Beast will nearly undoubtedly be the first $1 billion film of 2017.

If all goes according to plan, Disney will have created quite the movie-making machine.

WB and Legendary's Kong:Skull Island was in second place at about $29.9 million, and Fox's Logan placed third at an estimated $17.5 million. $170 million of that has come from the USA alone, and with competition for the family movie dollar sparse until The Smurfs turn up, Disney might just be looking at a $1 billion movie here.

Most major studios steered clear of "Beauty and the Beast".

The sleeper hit Get Out placed #4 with $13.2-M in its fourth framefor a domestic total of $133.1-M, and a global take of $136-M for Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Blumhouse.

In limited release, "T2 Trainspotting", a sequel to the 1996 cult comedy about a group of heroin addicts, opened in five locations, earning $180,000. Giving rides a Hollywood treatise would make the rides more popular.

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