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Beauty and the Beast breaks records in its opening weekend

The word of the weekend is huge, as Disney’s latest live action adaptation of an animated classic made all the money. Here’s what went down:

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Beauty and the Beast was an absolute monster at the box office, debuting at number one with an astounding estimate of $174 million. That’s the biggest March opening in history, breaking the record set last March by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s $166 million. Reviews have been strong, hype has been in overdrive and there’s a lack of family films in theatres at the moment – all factors that have clearly made this film a hit. It should definitely have legs over the coming weeks, so it will be interesting to see how high Beauty and the Beast will climb during its theatrical run.

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Beauty and the Beast looks to top the box office

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend for one big new release at the box office, while all other films are going to have to take a back seat. Want to see our predictions? Be our guest:

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Beauty and the Beast is the live-action adaptation of the classic Disney animated film. Emma Watson stars as Belle, while Dan Stevens takes on the role of the Beast. Hype has been in overdrive for this film, so even though reviews haven’t been great, families are definitely going to come out in abundance for this theatrical experience. Look for a huge debut for Beauty and the Beast, with $150 million and an obvious first place showing.

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Creations of Chaos: The Tale of Princess Kaguya

In this edition of Creations of Chaos, director Isao Takahata once again ends a film with crushing despair. It’s the story about a Princess who wants to be a peasant, The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

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The Ten Percent – Beasts, Beauty, and Wonder

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“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

Happy 2017 and welcome to another installment of “The Ten Percent,” a regular column – well, last year it was more of a semi-regular column, but we’re resolved to change that, now that one gigantic project is wrapping up. Ahem. Let’s start again . . .

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Creations of Chaos: The Secret World of Arrietty

In this edition of Creations of Chaos, it is the Studio Ghibli work that restored my faith in the magic of film, The Secret World of Arrietty. 

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31 Days of Horror 2016: Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

Fall, the time of year when leaves change color, the weather grows chilly, and the evil carnival, with the time travel carousel, comes to town. In this edition of 31 Days of Horror, it’s the frightening Disney film based on a Ray Bradbury novel, Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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Creations of Chaos: Laputa: Castle in the Sky

When I grow up I want to be a pirate airship captain. On this edition of Creations of Chaos, it’s Studio Ghibli’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky.

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Creations of Chaos: Princess Mononoke

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In this edition of Creations of Chaos, it’s the Studio Ghibli film that tackles heavy topics, makes you wonder if all humans should be foraging and living in caves, ensures a complete brain meltdown, and will make you start building your sustainable tiny house with composting toilet, it’s Princess Mononoke.

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The Make Mine Magic Podcast: Captain America: Civil War

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents The Make Mine Magic Podcast, featuring Jennifer Walker and Glenn Walker talking about Disney, parks, movies, travel advice, characters, games, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Studio Ghibli, etc., if it’s Disney, it’s fair game! This week we take on Captain America: Civil War! See and hear more after the jump.

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Creations of Chaos: Kiki’s Delivery Service

 

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Forging towards independence, finding your true spirit, and accepting who you are; forget Oh, the Places You’ll Go! and give that person heading out on a new adventure a copy of Kiki’s Delivery Service instead.  Learn more about the film in this edition of Creations of Chaos, right after the jump.

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