‘Beauty and the Beast’ Will Open Huge for Disney, but Just How Huge?

Emma Watson stars as Belle and
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Beauty and the Beast” is expected to open huge for Disney this weekend, but just how huge?

The Mouse House’s biggest openings have come from its acquisition of Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios, with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and both “Avengers” films among the top debuts of all time.

Experts project Disney’s latest film, “Beauty and the Beast,” to open between $140 and $155 million, which would put it high up on any box office list.


Beauty and the Beast

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Soaring to Epic $155 Million Opening at Box Office

Here, we’ve divided Disney’s highest grossing opening weekends into the “Star Wars” and Marvel films, and everything else. In the combined rankings, “Beauty and the Beast” would rank seventh on list, but the way we have it here, the live action remake would top No. 1, above “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Finding Dory.”

Check out the top opening weekends for Disney below:


  1. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at $247.9 million
  2. “Marvel’s The Avengers” at $207.4 million
  3. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at $191.3 million
  4. “Captain America: Civil War” at $179.1 million
  5. “Iron Man 3” at $174.1 million
  6. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” at $155.1 million
  7. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at $95 million
  8. “Guardians of the Galaxy” at $94.3 million
  9. “Thor: The Dark World” at $85.7 million
  10. “Doctor Strange” at $85.1 million


  1. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” at $135.6 million
  2. “Finding Dory” at $135.1 million
  3. “Alice in Wonderland” (2010) at $116.1 million
  4. “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” at $114.7 million
  5. “Toy Story 3” at $110.3 million
  6. “The Jungle Book” (2016) at $103.3 million
  7. “Inside Out” at $90.4 million
  8. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” at $90.2 million
  9. “Monsters University” at $82.4 million
  10. “Oz The Great and Powerful” at $79.1 million
  11. “Zootopia” at $75.1 million
  12. “The Incredibles” at $70.5 million
  13. “Finding Nemo” at $70.3 million
  14. “Maleficent” at $69.4 million
  15. “Up” at $68.1 million
  16. “Cinderella” (2015) at $67.9 million
  17. “Frozen” at $67.4 million
  18. “Brave” at $66.3 million
  19. “Cars 2” at $66.1 million
  20. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at $65.6 million
  21. “WALL-E” at $63.1 million
  22. “Monsters, Inc.” at $62.6 million
  23. “Cars” at $60.1 million
  24. “Signs” at $60.1 million
  25. “Pearl Harbor” at $59.1 million

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