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

Beauty And The Beast added $9.3m from international markets on Thursday to reach $418.6m. The $15.3m global haul boosted the running total to $766.5m, while North America added $6m for $347.9m.

The film starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens launched in the Netherlands on $500,000 including previews on Wednesday 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 $77.3m, followed by the UK on $55.6m, Brazil on $27m, South Korea on $25.2m, Mexico on $25.2m, and Germany on $19.1m.

Italy has generated $17.4m, Spain $15m, Australia $14.7m, Russia $13m, Philippines $11.7m, France $10m, Indonesia $8.3m, and Hong Kong $7m. 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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