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Beauty and the Beast breaks box office records

Beauty and the Beast Image copyright AP
Image caption Emma Watson stars in Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast has enchanted film fans on its opening weekend - taking $350m (£282m) around the world.

The film took $170m (£137m) at North American box offices alone and broke a load of records in the process.

It had the biggest ever opening weekend for a PG-rated film, and notched up the seventh best opening overall.

The film easily outsold the rest of the top 10 combined - Kong: Skull Island was its closest competitor, taking $28.9m (£23.3m) on its second weekend.

Beauty and the Beast marks Disney's best opening for a live action remake yet - beating The Jungle Book, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland.

In the UK, the film earned £18.4m - the fifth biggest opening weekend ever.

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