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This Disney film just topped the weekend box office during the COVID-19 shutdown

Disney just led the box office with a modern film

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“Beauty and the Beast” (2017) was directed by Bill Condon.

“Beauty and the Beast” (2017) was directed by Bill Condon.

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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” live-action remake topped the weekend box office during the coronavirus pandemic, snagging the top spot during the weekend that was supposed to be won by Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet.”

What happened:

  • “Beauty and the Beast led all box office titles with $467,000 earnings at 527 different locations, according to Deadline.
  • “Iron Man” from Disney and Marvel finished second with $430,000 at 462 different sites.
  • “Beauty and the Beast” previously won the box office on March 17, 2017, when it snagged $174.7 million, per Deadline.

Context:

  • Deadline said: “What’s occurring recently in regard to reissues is that studios like Universal, Warner Bros. and Sony are keeping their catalog titles weekly in the marketplace whereas Disney seems to be releasing certain titles widely for a given weekend.”
  • Indeed, we’ve seen classic films lead the box office. “Empire Strikes Back”topped the weekend already, as did “Jurassic Park,” as I wrote for Deseret.com.

Bigger picture:

  • This is a particularly interesting weekend, though, since “Tenet” — the latest film from Christopher Nolan— was set to open on July 15 before the pandemic caused movie theaters to close their doors.
  • “Tenet” will now be delayed indefinitely as Warner Bros.searches for a new release date and develops a new plan on how to release the film, which I wrote about for Deseret.com.