'Beauty & The Beast' On Track for Huge Record Breaking Debut

Laurie Sparham

Speaking with the Press Association, she said: "I think in maybe 10 or 15 years, when sadly we're all too old to play the roles, that would be cool, much like they did with Beauty And The Beast". The film already pulled in a record $63.8 million on Friday and is projected to make up to $170 million over the weekend.

The "Late Late Show" host revived his "Crosswalk the Musical" segment - last used for a rendition of "Grease" - to celebrate the release of Disney's live-action adaptation of its 1991 animated classic, taking to the streets outside his CBS Television City studio in Los Angeles for a spirited - and rushed - run-through Wednesday afternoon.

Directed by Bill Condon, Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as Lefou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.

With tracking now over $60 mil for Friday (including $16.5 mil in Thursday preview screenings), the Emma Watson-led retelling is looking at somewhere between $165 and $170 MILLION for the weekend! "That's the biggest preview tally of the year so far, the biggest ever for a Disney live-action title, the second-biggest for a PG film and the third biggest ever in March". What does that mean?

And yet, Watson's salary for "Beauty and the Beast" can't hold a candle ―Lumière or otherwise ― to the $60 million she reportedly earned over eight "Harry Potter" films.

"Frozen 2 is going to come out in 2019 so it would have to be a bit of a wait".

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