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Beauty And The Beast Breaks UK Box Office Records

Beauty And The Beast Breaks UK Box Office Records

The Saturday box office of £7.9m was the second highest grossing Saturday ever, only behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The figure is the best ever attained in March - and the seventh-biggest opening gross in history.

Beauty And The Beast now has the biggest opening ever for a musical in the United Kingdom, ahead of Universal's Les Miserables (£8.13m).

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The $160 million live-action adaptation of Beauty & The Beast just opened to $170 million in the USA alone, with an additional $180 million worldwide, which means there have been a lot of broken records.

Official numbers will not be released until Monday, however the current sales already indicate that Beauty And The Beast will break Watson's personal record of $169 million for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, which now holds the title for the eighth all-time most successful opening weekend. The Bill Condon-directed film is now the No. 2 March debut of all time both globally and internationally.

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The actress is actively seeking the role of Ariel in the live-action remake, and in an online plea to studio bosses last month, the "Mean Girls" star suggested Condon should direct her.

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". Beauty and the Beast opened as the #1 film in virtually all markets. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's disgusting exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

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