Magazine article Screen International

'Beauty and the Beast' to Cross $500M on Friday

Magazine article Screen International

'Beauty and the Beast' to Cross $500M on Friday

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Live-action smash Beauty And The Beast added $28.7m globally on Thursday to reach $490.6m. International running total stands at $262m, while North America has generated $228.6m.

The live-action hit starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens should coast past $625m worldwide and has been tipped by some in the industry as a contender to cross $1bn by the end of its run.

It opened in Australia on $2.9m including previews for the second biggest March opening day ever and the biggest opening day so far in 2017.

Disney's live-action remake stands at $60.3m in China, which remains the lead market by some margin. Next is the UK on $34.2m, followed by Mexico on $18.4m.

Brazil has delivered $16.8m, South Korea $15.3m, and Germany and Italy on $12.4m and $11.1m, respectively.

The film opens in Australia on Thursday and Argentina, Australia, Belgium and several other territories this weekend.

Kong: Skull Island arrived in China through Wanda-owned Legendary on $22.5m including Thursday night previews. The debut secured the second biggest English-langage launch of the year-to-date behind Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and scored the fifth biggest in history. The International tally excluding China stands at $167.3m.

The LEGO Batman Movie goes into the weekend with $120.4m and trails the 2014 original, which finished on $211.4m. Meanwhile Fist Fight starring Ice Cube stands at $8.1m through Warner Bros Pictures International.

Fox International's X-Men spinoffLogan stands at $345.8m with no new openings as it enters its fourth weekend.

The Boss Baby from DreamWorks Animation will aim to charm audiences in five territories this weekend, including Australia and Russia. …

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