DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - The live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” opens today and while some grumbling accompanies it, that probably won't keep the Disney film from a big box office weekend.
Entertainment Weekly predicts a $180 million haul domestically. Forbes predicts a $760 million global take, which could make it one of the top-grossing hits of 2017.
Earlier this month, Fandango reported it’s the fastest-selling movie- in terms of presale tickets - in its history. A full-length trailer generated 127.6 million online views, another record for a 24-hour period.
Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans, it’s a longer version of the 1991 animated film and features music from the Broadway version. Both are beloved, setting a high bar for the latest take.
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