‘Beauty and the Beast’ still strong with $48 million in third weekend bringing total close to $400 million

Beauty and the Beast” stayed strong at the box office in its third weekend, raking in an impressive $48 million. That tally, which was off by 47% from the sophomore edition, is just a million dollars shy of newcomer “Boss Baby,” the animated flick with Alec Baldwin voicing a tough-talking infant. In just 17 days, this live-action remake of the 1991 animated classic has raked in a staggering $396 million on the domestic side.

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 Add to that an equally impressive $480 million from 50 other markets for a jaw-dropping total box office so far of $876 million. 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.

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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