Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Culture | By Elsie Buchanan

Kuwait censors pull Disney's Beauty and the Beast for edits

Kuwait censors pull Disney's Beauty and the Beast for edits

Emma Watson and Dan Stevens' performances as the eponymous Beauty and the Beast have received largely positive reactions from audiences and critics alike.

Audience members flocked to Disney's live-action remake of the 1991 classic in record numbers. Many more are on the way, too, including those for "Dumbo", "Mulan", "Aladdin" and "The Lion King". Yeah, that didn't make a dent in box office receipts.

"Beauty and the Beast" easily outpaced the current March open record-holder, "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice", which grossed $166 million on the same weekend past year.

Beauty and the Beast, Disney's latest live action adaptation of a cartoon classic, earned US$170 million during its debut this weekend, setting a new record for a March opening. "Beauty and the Beast" centers on Belle, an independent and handsome village girl, and the Beast, a prince who was cursed by an enchantress because he had no love in his heart.

It has vaulted into the blockbuster list of the top 10 movies with the biggest domestic/North American opening weekends (landing seventh and now, ahead of the final film of the Harry Potter franchise).

That total broke multiple Hollywood records, including one set past year by Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice for the biggest March opening. But Disney, true to their reputation, has been very protective of their film, pulling down any unauthorized clips from the new movie that haven't been posted to their official YouTube channels.

Disney's live-action "Beauty" was a beast at the weekend box office in Korea, accounting for 66.9 percent of ticket sales from Friday to Sunday. "Alice", directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, previously sported the biggest opening for this genre of films, debuting to $116.1 million over the March 3-5 weekend in 2010 on its way topping out at $1.025 billion globally.

In North America, "Logan" added $17.5 million in its third week to bring its total to $184 million. Characters like Beast receive more backstory and we get the insight of other characters like the enchantress, Lumière, but perhaps most notably, Gaston's right-hand man, Lefou.

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