Beauty and the Beast Earns $16.3 Million In Thursday Previews
Coming Soon reports that Beauty and the Beast opened last night to $16.3 million in Thursday preview screenings. It’s the third-largest amount for a preview gross in March, behind Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice ($27.7 million) and The Hunger Games ($19.7 million). Those films went on to earn $166 million and $152 million, respectively. Beauty and the Beast has also earned $11.5 million internationally.
The film was directed by Bill Condon and stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald and Emma Thompson. It’s produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Alan Menken, who wrote the original songs with Howard Ashman, provided the score and wrote three new songs with Tim Rice.
Here’s a synopsis: Beauty and the Beast offers a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic, refashioning the characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience and staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.