Beauty and the Beast’ Sets New Record for Advance Ticket Sales

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Disney’s live-action remake of the classic animated film has become Fandango’s No. 1 family film of all time in terms of presales.

Advance ticket sales for the Disney movie, which hits theaters Friday, are the biggest for any family film in Fandango’s 17-year history, topping the likes of Finding Dory, the online service announced Tuesday.

Director Bill Condon’s live-action adaptation of Disney’s classic animated movie is expected to open to well north of $120 million this weekend in North America, with some suggesting it could cross $140 million.

Currently, Pixar and Disney’s Finding Dory boasts the top domestic debut of all time for a PG title with $135.1 million.

Fandango also reports that Beauty and the Beast is surpassing non-family titles including Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, although family movies often are bigger presellers than superhero fare.

According to Fandango, plenty of adults and teens plan on seeing Beauty and the Beast with a date, significant other or friend (43 percent) in addition to the traditional family audience (44 percent).

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