The live-action version of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” continues to break box office records. Just five days into its worldwide release, it has raked in $206 million at 4,210 locations in the U.S. and another $200 million plus in 44 other markets. It could well reach the $1 billion mark.
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.
“Beauty and the Beast” is only the fifth title to top $200 million domestically in just five days. One of the others, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” (2011), also featured Watson. The other three were last year’s “Captain America: Civil War,” “The Dark Knight” (2008) and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009).