Beauty & the Beast breaks box office records for family movies

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Emma Watson is supposed to be the heart of the film, although doesn't seem to be the right fit for Belle's character, giving out the most stiff and forced performance ever seen in a movie.

It's been a fairytale beginning for Beauty and the Beast: Disney's live-action remake starring Emma Watson has bagged some major box office numbers.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast premiered in Cinemas in Pakistan on the 18th of March, last Friday. Many more are on the way, too, including those for "Dumbo", "Mulan", "Aladdin" and "The Lion King".

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. The record had been held by last year's opening of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". "Beauty and the Beast" centers on Belle, an independent and attractive village girl, and the Beast, a prince who was cursed by an enchantress because he had no love in his heart.

It was always going to be a big hit, but Beauty And The Beast has already become the biggest grossing PG movie to open on its first day - and could be one of the top ten openers of all time. If you think you can find it on-line, think again.

Worldwide, the movie has raked in $350 million on a $160 million budget.

"I auditioned to be in the ensemble (for the Broadway musical) and I wasn't cast and I was devastated, and then, you know, things worked out!", she smiled on USA breakfast show Good Morning America.

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. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's disgusting exterior and realise the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

The latest production is about Belle, a bookish girl in France played by Harry Potter star Emma Watson, who helps a tortured Beast (Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame) break out of his shell.

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