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‘Beauty and the Beast’ debut weekend earnings revised up

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” was an even bigger hit than first thought.

The film’s weekend box office earnings were revised up nearly $5 million from estimates Sunday. In final figures Monday, Disney said “Beauty and the Beast” made $174.8 million in North American theaters.

The result set numerous records. The film, directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, is not only easily the biggest hit of 2017 so far, it’s the biggest opening for a PG-rated movie, the top debut ever in March and ranks among the top-10 openings ever, not adjusting for inflation.

Analysts expect the film to make $1 billion globally.

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The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:

1. “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney, $174,750,616, 4,210 locations, $41,508 average, $174,750,616, 1 week.

2. “Kong: Skull Island,” Warner Bros., $27,832,142, 3,846 locations, $7,237 average, $109,107,436, 2 weeks.

3. “Logan,” 20th Century Fox, $17,815,677, 3,687 locations, $4,832 average, $184,342,562, 3 weeks.

4. “Get Out,” Universal, $13,437,220, 2,979 locations, $4,511 average, $133,305,365, 4 weeks.

5. “The Shack,” Lionsgate, $6,005,739, 2,825 locations, $2,126 average, $42,490,369, 3 weeks.

6. “The Lego Batman Movie,” Warner Bros., $4,602,235, 2,735 locations, $1,683 average, $167,325,587, 6 weeks.

7. “The Belko Experiment,” OTL Releasing, $4,137,230, 1,341 locations, $3,085 average, $4,137,230, 1 week.

8. “Hidden Figures,” 20th Century Fox, $1,475,280, 1,162 locations, $1,270 average, $165,534,349, 13 weeks.

9. “John Wick: Chapter Two,” Lionsgate, $1,183,506, 1,065 locations, $1,111 average, $89,774,310, 6…

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