With awards season in full bloom, Disney is making sure critics don’t forget Beauty and the Beast. The feature, headlined by Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, will have a one week exclusive engagement in Los Angeles (AMC Century City) and New York (AMC Empire 25) starting Friday, December 1.
The feature, directed by Bill Condon and based on the 1991 animated classic, was this year’s top grossing movie with a domestic gross of over $504 million (it’s made over $1 billion worldwide).The score was composed by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (with additional songs by Menken and Tim Rice).
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The Lion King, an Academy Award winner for Best Original Score and Best Original Song (“Can You Feel the Love Tonight”), hits Blu-ray and DVD August 29 as part of the Walt Disney Signature Collection. The film joins Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Beauty and the Beast and Bambi as part of the collection.
Along with the feature being a classic, it also gives us a cinematic primer to the 2019 live action version of The Lion King (The Jungle Book filmmaker Jon Favreau directs the anticipated epic).
Special features on the disc include a brand new sing-along version, audio commentary (co-directors Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, producer Don Hahn), a conversation between Nathan Lane (Timon) and Matthew Broderick (Adult Simba), an in-depth look at the original pitches for The Lion King, and a look at the recording sessions with the actors (segment features an interview from Allers and Minkoff).
Although director Ridley Scott’sAlien: Covenant received its share of buzz, the $97 million budgeted feature managed just a $36 million debut. Although it was good enough for #1, the figure was still below expectations for the film. On the flip side, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had a strong weekend with a #2 finish ($35 million). Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Alien: Covenant – It’s a first rate sci-fi epic, and hopefully the movie doesn’t drop off the face of the Earth in its second weekend. It debuts with $36 million and narrowly beats Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $35 million
3. Everything, Everything – $12 million
4. Snatched – Amy Schumer/Goldie Hawn comedy makes $7.6 million and to date the film has grossed over $32 million domestically.
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – Family film disappoints with $7.2 million debut.
6. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – Fantasy epic has a sub-par second weekend with just $6.8 million. Budgeted at $175 million, the flick has made just $27 million domestically!
7. The Fate of the Furious – $3.1 million
8. The Boss Baby – $2.8 million
9. Beauty and the Beast – The movie has made over $1.2 billion worldwide. This weekend, it takes in $2.4 million domestically.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 easily beat out newcomers Snatched and King Arthur: Legend of the Swordto take the #1 slot at this weekend’s box office. The picture made $63 million, with #2 finisher Snatched collecting $17.5 million. The $175 million budgeted King Arthur: Legend of the Sword bombed at the box office with $14.7 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 1o:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – It makes $63 million this weekend and has a total domestic gross of over $246 million.
2. Snatched – Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn film makes $17.5 million.
3. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – $14.7 million
4. The Fate of the Furious – To date the movie has made over $1.1 billion worldwide. It collected $5.3 million over the weekend.
5. The Boss Baby – $4.6 million
6. Beauty and the Beast – It’s the #1 grossing film film of the year with a worldwide take of $1.2 billion. Domestically, it takes in $3.8 million this weekend.
7. How to be a Latin Lover – The picture, starring Salma Hayek and Raquel Welch, collects $3.7 million.
Beauty and the Beast, which is currently this year’s highest grossing film, hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on June 6. Viewers who purchase the movie can watch the theatrical cut, the premiere cut with overture, and a sing-along version. Overtures are very rare these days in cinema, and it will be interesting to see how that’s seamlessly blended into the movie.
As expected, a ton of special features for the film are available. Emma Watson, who plays Belle in the film, hosts the a featurette (“The Women Behind Beauty and the Beast”) which spotlights several talented women who helped bring this transcendent tale to the silver screen. Director Bill Condon is also on hand to introduce the 10 minutes worth of deleted scenes and explain why they were each left off the final cut (one of the scene features Gaston, played by Luke Evans, attempting to woo Belle).
Also included in the special features includes the segment “Making a Moment with Celine Dion” which has the pop icon discussing the Beauty and the Beast song “How Does A Moment Last Forever.” The music video for “How Does A Moment Last Forever,” as well as the music video for Ariana Grande and John Legend’s version of “Beauty and the Beast,” is also featured in the collection.