Beast proves to be an £18m beauty at the box of­fice

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - PA

Dis­ney’s Beauty And The Beast has bro­ken box of­fice records af­ter tak­ing in £18.4m over its open­ing week­end.

It means the live-ac­tion ver­sion of the an­i­mated clas­sic, which stars Emma Wat­son and Dan Stevens, is the fifth high­est gross­ing three-day open­ing of all time and the high­est gross­ing three­day open­ing week­end for a PG movie.

The Satur­day box of­fice of £7.9m was the sec­ond high­est gross­ing Satur­day ever, be­hind Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens In the UK and Ire­land it also de­liv­ered the big­gest Dis­ney live-ac­tion open­ing of all time, the big­gest March open­ing week­end of all time and the num­ber one open­ing of 2017 to date.

It now has the big­gest open­ing ever for a mu­si­cal in the UK, ahead of Uni­ver­sal’s Les Mis­er­ables (£8.13m).

The movie also per­formed well at the US box of­fice, open­ing with an es­ti­mated $170m (£137m) and set­ting a new high mark for fam­ily movies.

The film, di­rected by Bill Con­don, was made for around $160m (£129m).

It has re­ceived wide­spread ac­claim but also trig­gered con­tro­versy over what has been called a “gay mo­ment”.

Char­ac­ter LeFou, played by Josh Gad, is the side­kick to the story’s vil­lain Gas­ton and “is con­fused about his sex­u­al­ity”, ac­cord­ing to di­rec­tor Con­don, who also de­scribed a brief scene as a “gay mo­ment”.

Rus­sia has banned chil­dren un­der 16 from watch­ing it and Dis­ney ended up shelv­ing its re­lease in Malaysia af­ter re­fus­ing to al­low the scene to be cut to ap­pease cen­sors.

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