After an incredible debut teaser that was viewed more than 91.8 million times in 24 hours, Beauty and the Beast is already a box-office hit. The live adaptation of the 1991 animated film has already covered its $160m (about £130m) budget.
Film director Bill Condon tells Billboard magazine earning $170m (about £135m) in the United States and another $180m (about £145m) overseas – £18,5m in the UK – in the film's opening weekend has exceeded the iconic studio's expectations.
The latest Disney film is far ahead compared to its current opposition. Kong: Skull Island has made $28m in its second weekend and Logan $17m in its third weekend. Last year's biggest success Captain America: Civil War had gathered $179m (about £144m) in its opening weekend.
So far, Beauty and the Beast has made $350m (about £282m). The film is such a hit that it is already breaking records. It's the best opening weekend ever for a PG rated film as well as for films with a female lead. It was the biggest opening in the United States since almost a year. And the biggest opening film this month in Mexico, Germany and Spain.
To be fair it's not surprising considering the amazing cast (Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline and Emma Thompson).
Beauty and the Beast is currently in UK cinemas.