"Beauty and the Beast" blew past the previous record-holder for G- or PG-rated releases, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The film, made for about $160 million, is the latest effort by Disney to re-create one of its animated classics with live action and digital effects.
The makeover of the 1991 Oscar-winning film follows previous live-action remakes such as "Alice in Wonderland," ''Cinderella," ''Maleficent" and last year's "The Jungle Book." Many more are on the way, too, including those for "Dumbo," ''Mulan," ''Aladdin" and "The Lion King." "Nostalgia is a very powerful driver for these films," said Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney.
"Beauty and the Beast," directed by Bill Condon and starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, found widespread acclaim and some backlash for including what has been called Disney's first openly gay character.
The sequel to the much-loved 1996 original, which later expands nationwide, has already made more than $20 million in the U.K.