The live remake of Disney's 1991 hit "Beauty and the Beast" hit theaters on March 17 and in its opening weekend, the film is on pace to meet its budget and then some. Along with the film, the soundtrack is having moderate success as well as it was released a week prior to opening night. The Beauty and the Beast soundtrack debuts within the top five of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart besting its 1991 original release as reflected on the March 21 update.
The Beauty and the Beast soundtrack debuts at No. 3 on Top 200 with a total of 57,000 units overall combining sales, track downloads and streaming data. Of that number, 48,000 were in actual album sales. The soundtrack comes in a deluxe edition with disc two having the score from the film done by the original Alan Menken who also included new songs for the set including "Evermore" performed by Josh Groban.
The new release of the beloved Disney film bests its 1991 peak of No. 19 on the Top 200 Albums. It originally debuted at No. 146 and climbed its way into the top 20 in 1992. It sold 2.3 million copies in the U.S. and featured one of Céline Dion's breakout songs, the theme song. "Beauty and the Beast" with Peabo Bryson peaked at No. 9 on the Hot 100 in 1992. Angela Lansbury recorded the film's version and both were recognized earning a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song also won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The updated version of the track is now performed by Ariana Grande and John Legend.
Céline Dion was also a part of the new version of "Beauty and the Beast." One of the original songs was written for her to perform over the end credits. "How Does a Moment Last Forever" is featured as the 17th song on the soundtrack and commemorates her significance to the original.
In its opening weekend, "Beauty and the Beast" arrived with $170 million in ticket sales in North America with an additional $180 million overseas. The film is on track to make $1 billion by the end of its run following a $300 million budget. Much of its beginning success can be attributed to the nostalgia of the original with much of the film playing true to the 1991 version.
Watch John Legend and Ariana Grande's video for "Beauty and the Beast" below: