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Kuwait censors pull Disney's Beauty and the Beast for edits

Well, that record has just been beaten, as Disney's remake of Beauty and the Beast took in $174.75 million this past weekend.

Directed by Bill Condon, the live-action update of the classic 1991 animated musical shattered numerous records in its debut, not accounting for inflation, marking yet another major victory for Disney.

About 84 per cent of United States parents who saw the film on its opening day said they would "definitely" recommend it for families, according to PostTrak, a polling service run by comScore and Screen Engine. The previous record-holder in North America was Pixar/Disney's "Finding Dory", which set sail to $135 million in summer 2016.

This is the largest opening weekend ever for a PG-rated film and for a Disney live-action film, surpassing Maleficent, The Jungle Book, and Cinderella. The film is also Watson's biggest opener to date.

In an era where Hollywood executives ponder the lack of strong females behind and in front of the camera, "Beauty" once again underscores the buying power of women and girls. Either way, no movie fueled at this level by femmes of all ages has ever opened to such big numbers. The last domestic USA debut of similar size was Captain America: Civil War, which came out in May 2016, grossing $179.1 million its opening weekend. The record had been held by last year's opening of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". It has taken in $133.1 million in four weeks. "A huge production like Disney movies are known to draw a great deal of attention in Kuwait from both censors and film viewers", explained Sheikh Duaij.

Internationally, Beauty and the Beast delivered $180 million from 44 markets for an estimated $350 million global opening, marking the 14th top opening of all time. Experts predict that, at this rate, Beauty and the Beast may break $1 billion in ticket sales.

Beauty and the Beast was pulled from cinemas in Kuwait on Monday after censors raised concerns over the content of the new film which includes what has been called the first "gay moment" for a Disney character.