Beauty and the Beast” return with $18.5 million

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Beauty And The Beast

Walt Disney’s 3-D revamped ver­sion of its 1991 ani­mated clas­sic Beauty And The Beast opened in sec­ond place in North Amer­i­can the­aters this week­end with $18.5 mil­lion, researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office said in an e-mailed state­ment Sunday.

Researcher BoxOffice.com said that the film was expected to make $17.5 mil­lion over the week­end. How­ever, the results topped its forecast.

What we’re find­ing is some of those Dis­ney titles were block­buster titles to begin with, and they lend them­selves to some 3-D adap­ta­tions,” said Paul Sweeney, an ana­lyst at Bloomberg Indus­tries in Skill­man, New Jer­sey. “The expec­ta­tion is that Hollywood’s going to bring out some of those ani­ma­tion films that did well in years past.

I think we’ve had a cou­ple of weeks in a row now that were a lit­tle bet­ter than expected here in the first cou­ple of Jan­u­ary,” he added, call­ing the box office “wel­come news” for Hol­ly­wood after a “dis­ap­point­ing” year.

First place went to Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures’ action film Con­tra­band, star­ring Mark Wahlberg. It col­lected $24.1 mil­lion at United States and Cana­dian theaters.

Alvin and the Chip­munks: Chip­wrecked was in eighth spot with $5.8 mil­lion. Inter­na­tion­ally, it made $14.4 mil­lion to take fifth place, accord­ing to Rentrak.

Over­seas, Puss In Boots took fourth with $14.6 mil­lion, while Disney’s partly ani­mated The Mup­pets came ninth with $3.5 mil­lion. Tied for 10th at $3.4 mil­lion was The Adven­tures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Uni­corn.

North Amer­i­can rev­enue for the top 12 films this week­end fell 1% to $114.5 mil­lion from the same time a year ago, Hollywood.com said.

Rev­enue and atten­dance this year have risen 14% and 15%, respec­tively, through Sunday.

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