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‘Beauty and the Beast’ a hit at box office

Dan Stevens as The Beast and Emma Watson as Belle in the live-action adaptation of the animated Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast.’
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Dan Stevens as The Beast and Emma Watson as Belle in the live-action adaptation of the animated Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast.’’

‘Beauty’ debut sets record

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Disney’s live-action ‘‘Beauty’’ was a beast at the box office, opening with an estimated $170 million in North American ticket sales and setting a new high mark for family movies. ‘‘Beauty and the Beast,’’ starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, blew past the previous record-holder for G- or PG-rated releases, according to studio estimates Sunday. Last year, Disney’s ‘‘Finding Dory’’ debuted with a then-PG-best $135 million. Last week’s top film, Warner Bros.’ ‘‘Kong: Skull Island,’’ slid to second place with $28.9 million in its second week. Fox’s ‘‘X-Men’’ spinoff ‘‘Logan,’’ starring Hugh Jackman, added $17.5 million in its third week, good for third place. The horror sensation ‘‘Get Out’’ slid to fourth with $13.3 million. (AP)