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Disney gives timeless remake of a 'Tale As Old As Time'

Disney gives timeless remake of a 'Tale As Old As Time'

The live action update of the 1991 animated classic scored the second biggest March debut on a global basis, coming in behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's $US424.1 million launch.

It topped the previous March opening weekend record of $166 million set by Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice a year ago and also the seventh largest opening weekend ever.

Watch a film clip from "Beauty and the Beast", starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans.

The movie co-stars Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald, Ewan McGregor, and Ian McKellen.

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Outside of a few scenes, the movie is an nearly exact remake of the classic 1991 Disney animated feature, which went on to win Oscars for best original score and best original song.

Live action versions of Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan and Peter Pan are reportedly already in production - and more could follow. Alice in Wonderland, the 2010 live-action film directed by Tim Burton, previously held the record for a Disney live-action film based on an animated classic grossing the most in its opening weekend.

Actor Luke Evans nearly turned down the role of Gaston in "Beauty and the Beast" but changed his mind after watching the Disney cartoon with his godchildren.

"The world is a pretty cynical place right now and Beauty And The Beast gave audiences an opportunity to go back to a time of innocence", Mr Greg Foster, chief executive of Imax's filmed entertainment, said on Sunday.

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"Casting big-name stars has become a big part of the remake formula", Mr. Fuster wrote. The film earned a record-setting $US21 million on 1026 IMAX screens worldwide in 56 markets.

Meanwhile, Pamela McClintock of the Hollywood Reporter credits women going to the movie with contributing to the film's success.

The domestic total exceeded what people in the industry had expected, and it broke the record for the biggest box office opening in March.

Meanwhile the star-studded movie earned $170 million U.S. at the North American box office.

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