With a little over a week until the release of "Beauty and the Beast," Disney's live-action adaption of the beloved animated film is set to become another hit for the studio. According to Deadline, online ticket-seller Fandango is reporting that sales for the forthcoming film are ahead of both "Captain America: Civil War" and "Finding Dory," two of Disney's biggest hits last year. These early sales indicate that "Beauty and the Beast" may debut with a massive $100 million plus opening weekend.
That's quite an impressive feat, especially considering 2015's "Cinderella," another live action fairy tale adaption from Disney, only opened to $67 million domestically. Previous estimates had "Beauty and the Beast" opening to $110 million, however some believe the film can do well over $150 million over the course of three days. That would not only put the film in superhero territory at the box office, but it could put the film in contention for biggest March opening. That honor currently goes to "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," which opened to $166 million last March. That, of course, depends on if the film goes on to beat out current tracking estimates.
While it's hard to pinpoint the opening weekend numbers at this point, the film continues to see an uptick in estimates. With "Beauty and the Beast" moving ahead of "Finding Dory" in advance ticket sales through Fandango, the film is officially the fastest-selling family film in Fandango's history.
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 Mauricer, Josh Gad as Lefou, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. The film is set to open on March 17.