With just a couple of weeks left before “Beauty and the Beast” makes its theatrical release in the United States, many are already making speculations on how much the movie will make, especially during the first days of its release. The said live action movie is expected to rake in huge figures at the box office. It has been predicted that it will make $120 million on its opening weekend.
The tracking for Disney’s live-action film adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” has already started and it has suggested that the said movie will at least make $100 million at the U.S. box office. But many have speculated that it will even reach more than that amount. Trade insiders at Disney even believed that it will spurt up to $120 million but the studio is being cautious because tracking has not been reliable or consistent recently.
“Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” currently holds the top record for March in the U.S. box office after grossing over $166 million in its first weekend. Trailing behind the said Warner Bros. DC film is “The Hunger Games”, which earned more than $150 million in March 2012. If “Beauty and the Beast” manages to reach more than the predicted box office figures, it will surpass Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland”, which grossed $116 million in March 2010.
Nevertheless, “Beauty and the Beast” is already expected to attract millions of anticipating viewers, which will give the movie a grand opening. Starring Emma Watsons, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans, the live action movie is an adaptation of the original animated film that Disney released in 1991. It is a retelling of the classic fairy tale about a small town girl named Belle, befriending a cursed beast, who took her in as a prisoner in exchange for her father’s freedom.
“Beauty and the Beast” will be released in theaters on March 17 in the United States and the United Kingdom. However, it has already been launched in London just this week. The said film is set to be released in different formats including RealD 3D, IMAX 3D, and Dolby Cinema.