Magazine article Screen International

'Beauty and the Beast' to Cross $900M This Weekend

Magazine article Screen International

'Beauty and the Beast' to Cross $900M This Weekend

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Disney tentpole has taken more than $750m to date.

The live-action smash surged past $400m at the international box office on Wednesday and stayed on course to become 2017's first billion-dollar release, which it is expected to do in early April.

Beauty And The Beast added $13.3m from international markets on Wednesday to reach $409.3m. The $19.5m global haul boosted the running total to $751.1m, while North America added $6.2m for $341.8m.

The film starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens launched in the Netherlands on $500,000 including previews for the biggest opening day of 2017 so far and the second biggest March opening day behind Batman v Superman.

China remains the lead market on $76.2m, followed by the UK on $54.3m, Brazil on $26.3m, South Korea on $24.8m, Mexico on $24.7m, and Germany on $18.7m.

Italy has generated $17.1m, Spain $14.8m, Australia $14.1m, Russia $12.8m, Philippines $11.5m, France $9.7m, Indonesia $8.2m, and Hong Kong $6.9m. The family film opens in Japan on April 21.

Legendary and Warner Bros' Kong: Skull Island heads into the weekend on $288.2m following the huge $72m debut in China and a solid launch in Japan.

The LEGO Batman Movie enters the session on $121.6m via Warner Bros Pictures International, while CHiPS starring Dax Shepard and Michael Peña opened in 31 markets last weekend and stands at $2.4m as it opens in one.

Lionsgate International's Power Rangers launched last weekend and the TV adaptation enters the weekend on $18.7m. The live-action feature opens in France next week.

Keanu Reeves starrer John Wick: Chapter 2 has reached $70. …

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