Disney’s live-action musical “Beauty and the Beast” opened with a huge $16.3 million at Thursday night preview screenings in North America.
The preview gross was the biggest of the year and the biggest ever for a Disney live-action title, finishing above the preview numbers for “Iron Man 3” and “Furious 7.” Premium formats, including 3D and Imax, generated 41% of the preview take.
“Beauty and the Beast” is expected to open to more than $120 million domestically this weekend at 4,210 locations. The film should add between $80 million and $110 million in international box office as Disney is launching in about 70% of markets.
Disney reported that “Beauty” took in $11.5 million internationally on Thursday, led by $1.8 million in Brazil, $1.2 million in South Korea, $1.1 million in Germany and $1 million in Italy.
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