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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 USA worldwide this weekend.

Beauty & the Beast also surpassed every other family movie and holds the record for the most successful PG-rated movie and musical. With latest projected figures for Beauty & The Beast standing at $170 million plus, it could smash that record pretty soon.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast is a global box office sensation.

Disney's live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast" opened in theaters this past weekend, and it already broke a few records, according to Time magazine.

Beauty and the Beast tells the story of the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, lovely and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle.

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. Fourth belongs to Universal's Get out, which brought in an estimated $13.2 million. The previous record was set past year by 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, ' with $166 million.

Meanwhile, Emma Watson is expected to pull in United States dollars 15 million ( Rs 100 crore approximately) for the live-action remake of the 1991 Disney classic. $170 million of that has come from the U.S. alone, and with competition for the family movie dollar sparse until The Smurfs turn up, Disney might just be looking at a $1 billion movie here. Malaysia refused to play the film because it included a gay character after Disney declined to edit four minutes from the picture.

Distant second was Warner Bros.' "Kong: Skull Island".

Belle is now within striking distance of Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3, though it appears that it will fall short of the Robert Downey Jr and Shane Black film's $174 million.

In third place on North American screens was "Logan, earning a total of $184 million over three weeks".

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