Back then, the box office was nearly evenly split between domestic ($202 million) and foreign ($222 million).
"Beauty and the Beast", starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, declined just 49% from its opening weekend, which was the seventh-best ever.
In its second weekend, the film is looking at grosses over $500 million worldwide, and according to Variety, it has yet to surrender the lead spot to another film.
The film was the highpoint of a weekend dominated by nostalgia-driven fare, with Power Rangers and CHiPs also released in cinemas.
Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is a live-action re-telling of the studio's animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. While not all have done well, the studio has delivered successful reboots of "Cinderella", "Alice in Wonderland" and a new take on "Sleeping Beauty" with "Maleficent". Worldwide, the movie has collected $59 million. The film has a 70 percent favorable rating on Rottentomatoes.com, which boils critics' reviews into a single score.
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Despite coming in a distant second, Lionsgate's Power Rangers opened with a strong $40.5 million and nabbed another $18.7 million overseas for a $59.2 million total.
The movie centers on the origins of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of high schoolers given extraterrestrial powers who unite to save the world. It took in a paltry $7.6 million.
R-rated space thriller Life, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds. failed to gain much traction with cinemagoers on launch.
The fourth weekend of Fox's "Logan" followed in fourth with $10.1 million at 3,687 sites.