‘Beauty and the Beast’ stays strong with $88 million haul in second weekend

Beauty and the Beast” took in an impressive $88 million in its second weekend at at 4,210 locations in the U.S. That tally is off by only 49% from its record-breaking opening weekend when it made $170 million stateside. In just nine days, this live-action remake of the 1991 animated classic has raked in a staggering $318 million on the domestic side. Add to that an equally impressive $373 million from 47 other markets for a jaw-dropping total box office so far of $690 million.

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Compare that to the original which made $425 million in all. Back then, the box office was almost evenly split between domestic ($202 million) and foreign ($222 million). In today’s dollars, the 1991 total would be about $725 million, a mark that the current version should hit in another day or two.

Oscar-winner Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters”) helms this retelling of the 1991 original that was the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the title roles. While the box office is boffo, the reviews were less sensational. The critics were all over the map as to the merits of this remake. The movie scores 74 at Rotten Tomatoes and 64 at MetaCritic.

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