"Beauty and the Beast" is a pretty picture for Disney

Emma Watson stars as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast, giving viewers a new experience but with just the right touch of the past.

Disney's animated "Beauty and the Beast" (1991) is a classic Disney movie that is loved by many - myself included - so skepticism was present and expectations were high when I sat down to watch the live-action remake. If you have any childhood left, "Beauty and the Beast" will be a return home to what remains one of the best Disney movies of all time.

New versions of Dumbo, The Little Mermaid, Mulan and The Lion King, among others, are on the way.

After being overshadowed by a gay controversy during the past few weeks, the movie has easily exceeded box office predictions.

Disney's live-action film Beauty and the Beast has collected Rs 6.67 crore in its opening weekend at India box office. The American musical film sold 20,285 tickets to increase its domestic total to 3.4 million.

It is also America's seventh best debut of all time and the top March debut ever, despite controversy in some countries.

The film has already made its budget back, at $160 million, but factoring marketing and distribution costs means it will still take time for the film to become profitable.

Turns out, they like some Belle-on-Beast action just a bit more. With latest projected figures for Beauty & The Beast standing at $170 million plus, it could smash that record pretty soon.

That total broke multiple Hollywood records, including one set previous year by Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice for the biggest March opening.

In the film, the attractive Belle is imprisoned in an enchanted castle by a fearsome Beast, who soon falls in love with her.

Emma, 26, fulfilled a long-held ambition in getting to play the part of Bella in "Beauty and the Beast" and the English actress recently admitted she can relate to her on-screen character because she "breaks the mould". The previous record was set past year by 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, ' with $166 million.