Published:  12:00 AM, 21 March 2017

Beauty proves a beast in box office sales

Disney's Beauty and the Beast smashed box office records in its opening three-day weekend, taking in an unexpected $170 million, according to industry estimates.

The film, featuring Harry Potter veteran Emma Watson as a charming Belle to the frightening Beast played by Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame, set a record for a March opening in North America, Exhibitor Relations reported.

 The previous record was set last year by Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, with $166 million. Beauty recorded the seventh best opening overall in the United
States and Canada.

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