Despite naysayers, 'Beauty and the Beast' set for $180M weekend

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Kevin Kline, who plays Belle's dad, decided to make him a more artistic type, which gave Emma the chance to make her Disney princess more inventive. This early success has increased its chances of getting a sequel. And with word that many of these showings are already sold out, expect its weekend takings to top $160 million.

As in the animated film, "Beauty" is really stolen by the Beast's servants, who have all been turned into household objects. Directed by Tim Burton, the film generated more than US$1 billion in ticket sales. The US$180-million production budget yielded US$759 million in global sales. A sequel is planned. "This movie moved me when I was 21, and I first saw it", said Audra McDonald who appears as Madame Garderobe. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

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A live-action Mulan film is due out in November 2018. Those dopey moments made me think that the story deserved better and that they were maybe added just for the kiddos, but honestly, I think the kiddos deserve better too. Condon says as the filming process continued, there were moments he was anxious they weren't going to get there and finish. Before the lights went down Gad told the crowd, "On behalf of the cast and crew of 'Beauty and the Beast, ' thank you guys so much for your incredible support".

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"They want everyone back for an original story".

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The live-action remake of the 1991 Disney animated classic is looking to have a major first weekend, as many in the industry predicted.

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