Early tracking for the upcoming film, which currently has a 3.55 out of 5 on ComicBook.com's anticipating rankings, indicates that Beauty and the Beast could be in line for a $120 million domestic debut (via THR). Some Disney Insiders are pulling back a bit on that number, saying it could be $100 million-plus, but regardless an over $100 million debut would rank the film as one of the top earners ever for March.
Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice currently holds the record for March openers with $166.1 million, followed by The Hunger Games ($152.5 million) and Alice In Wonderland ($116.1 million). Beauty could easily overtake Alice, though it isn't expected to equal Hunger Games. Either way, Disney should be a happy camper after the weekend is over.
Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belles eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Beauty and the Beast will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.