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Tracy Craig | 20 March, 2017, 00:50

The live-action fairytale Beauty and the Beast enchanted moviegoers in North America, earning $170 million in receipts this weekend, BoxOfficeMojo.com announced Sunday.

The huge haul means the live-action version of the animated classic, which stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the beast, is the fifth highest grossing three-day opening of all time and the highest grossing three-day opening weekend for a PG movie.

In the United Kingdom and Ireland it also delivered the biggest Disney live-action opening of all time, the biggest March opening weekend of all time and the number one opening of 2017 to date.

Enter a raffle for a chance to win tickets to see the new movie. The sequel opened in just 5 locations, but banked $36,000 per screen, second only this weekend to Beauty and the Beast's $40,000 per screen.

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Pakistan says it's trying to locate missing Nizamuddin Dargah priests
The clerics went to Karachi to meet their relatives after which they headed to Lahore to visit the shrines of Sufi saints. While Asif was allowed to board, Nazim was stopped at Lahore airport on grounds of incomplete documents.

Senate confirms Trump's pick for national intelligence chief
Burr says he's confident his former Republican colleague will help the intelligence community face a wide range of challenges. Senators approved the nomination of former US Senator Coats in a 85-12 vote, while 51 votes were needed for the confirmation.

Official numbers will not be released until Monday, however the current sales already indicate that Beauty And The Beast will break Watson's personal record of $169 million for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, which now holds the title for the eighth all-time most successful opening weekend.

Luke Evans says it took him some time to agree to play Gaston in the recently released "Beauty and the Beast".

The film, directed by Oscar victor Bill Condon and based on the 1991 animated film, cost 160 million US dollars to make.

The film's PG rating, mid-March release, casting, and mix of both new and classic songs helped lead to the film's big opening, Degarabedian said.

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