'Beauty and the Beast' fans have a ball at the drive

Audra McDonald missed out on Beauty and the Beast Broadway musical

While promoting the film, Beauty and the Beast's director, Bill Condon, told Attitude magazine that LeFou had feelings for his handsome friend.

The update of the animated Disney classic took in $45 million in China during its opening weekend, making for Disney's strongest live-action opening yet, and accounting for 48% of the week's total box office.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast premiered in Cinemas in Pakistan on the 18th of March, last Friday.

Live action versions of Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan and Peter Pan are reportedly already in production - and more could follow. While the box office is sure to be boffo, the reviews are less sensational.

Disney's Beauty And The Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the titular characters, has made an earning of Rs 6.67 crore in its opening weekend in India, tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh.

It was a fairy tale opening for Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast remake, which set a host of records with its global box office take of $350 million United States worldwide this weekend.

Of that total, $174.8 million came at theaters in North America. That tops the $166 million March opening "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" scored just past year (with no gay characters, either), and gave the musical the seventh-highest domestic opening of all time.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice held the March record for just one year, but Disney's magic is hard to contain.

Turns out, they like some Belle-on-Beast action just a bit more.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Beauty and the Beast blew past the previous record-holder for G- or PG rated film.

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Beauty and the Beast now boasts the seventh-biggest domestic opening for any film outside of summer, with the exception of December 2015's Disney blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The story follows Belle as she learns to look beyond the Beast's ugly exterior to see a kind and loving heart within.

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