King Kong had no chance against the Beast.
Disney's "Beauty and The Beast," the new live-action adaptation of the studio's 1991 animated classic, is on its way to shattering box office records this week, raking in an estimated $63.8 million in over 4,200 theaters in the United States and Canada.
It would also shatter the $135-million record held by "Finding Dory" for the largest opening of a PG-rated movie. The film's projected numbers would give it the No. 7 slot in the list of largest domestic openings in history, just behind "Iron Man 3" ($174 million) and ahead of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" ($169 million).
"Beauty and the Beast," about a young woman who falls for a beastly prince in an enchanted castle while trying to free her father from captivity, is proving a star-turning moment for Emma Watson, from the "Harry Potter" franchise. An A CinemaScore rating from audiences on opening night, as well as 71% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, are only helping the cause.
The weekend's other two newcomers, Blumhouse BH Tilt's "The Belko Experiment" and TriStar's "T2" sequel to "Trainspotting," found themselves in sixth and 23rd place, respectively, with $1.5 million and $64,000.
The former, a bloody horror/thriller about Americans fighting for their lives in a high-rise office building in Bogota, Colombia, is probably suffering from negative reviews that have earned it a 48% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The latter, which catches up with the protagonists of the 1996 Danny Boyle-directed cult hit about heroin addicts, is so far only in limited release. It's Friday numbers were from six locations.