'Beauty And The Beast' Ticket Sales Are Outpacing 'Captain America: Civil War,' Says Fandango

By Trey Williams Markets MarketWatch Pulse

Walt Disney Co.'s live -action reimaginning of the animated 1991 Best-Picture nominated "Beauty and the Beast" is outpacing advance ticket sales of "Captain America: Civil War," according to Fandango, owned by Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal. For comparison, "Captain America: Civil War" opened with $179 million in box office receipts and went on to gross $1.2 billion worldwide. "Beauty and the Beast," starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, hits theaters nationwide this weekend. The new version of the famed fairy tale, one of the most-anticipated films of the year, is the fastest-selling family film, according to Fandango, beating out last year's "Finding Dory." Disney shares have gained more than 11% in the trailing 12-month period, while the S&P 500 index is up more than 18% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up nearly 23% during the same period.

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