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'Beauty and the Beast' tops Friday box office

'Beauty and the Beast' tops Friday box office

It was a tale as old as time at Friday’s box office, as Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” once again climbed into the top spot.

The live-action remake of the animated classic starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens grossed $23.9 million, bringing its cumulative box office to over $300 million and putting it on track to pull in another $90 million in total this weekend.

Another family-friendly 1990s revival, “Power Rangers,” appears to be having a solid showing in its first weekend of release. From Lionsgate and Saban Entertainment, the big-budget adaptation of the cheesy kids’ show about teenagers saving the world took in $15 million on Friday. It is on track to gross $40 million...