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“Beauty and the Beast” Set a Record with a $170 Million Opening

“Beauty and the Beast” Set a Record with a $170 Million Opening

“Beauty and the Beast” set box office records with a massive $170 million opening at the U.S. box office. It was the biggest opening ever for a PG movie. The previous record-holder was last year’s “Finding Dory”, with $135 million.

It also snagged the record for best March opening, taking the title from “Batman v. Superman”, which debuted to $166 million last March.

“Beauty and the Beast” also had the 7th best opening of all time in the U.S., and it’s the second-best non-summer opening behind “The Force Awakens”, with $248 million.

All this success means Emma Watson is going to make serious bank here. She was paid $3 million upfront, but depending on how well “Beauty and the Beast” does, she could pocket up to $15 million. And so far, its total worldwide box office – after ONE WEEKEND, remember – is already at $350 million.

Here are this weekend’s Top 10:

1. NEW: “Beauty and the Beast”, $170 million.

2. “Kong: Skull Island”, $28.9 million. Up to $110.1 million in its 2nd week.

3. “Logan”, $17.5 million. Up to $184 million in its 3rd week.

4. “Get Out”, $13.2 million. Up to $133.1million in its 4th week.

5. “The Shack”, $6.1 million. Up to $42.6 million in its 3rd week.

6. “Lego Batman”, $4.7 million. Up to $167.4 million in its 6th week.

7. NEW: “The Belko Experiment”, $4.1 million.

8. “Hidden Figures”, $1.5 million. Up to $165.6 million in its 13th week.

9. “John Wick: Chapter 2”, $1.2 million. Up to $89.8 million in its 6th week.

10. “Before I Fall”, $1 million. Up to $11.3 million in its 3rd week.