The actress is actively seeking the role of Ariel in the live-action remake, and in an online plea to studio bosses last month, the "Mean Girls" star suggested Condon should direct her. Its cumulative total now stands at $42.6 million.
Refresh for latest...: Disney's Beauty And The Beast charmed its way into the global box office this weekend with a $180M start.
It's also the biggest opening ever for a PG-rated movie (passing last year's "Finding Dory, "$135 million) and is seventh place in all-time opening weekend grosses (moving past "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, "$169.1 million). 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.
Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Josh Gad, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellan, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Emma Thompson, directorBill Condon's film is out now in Disney 3D across the UK.
The Beauty And The Beast remake follows other Disney live action re-boots like The Jungle Book, which made close to $1 billion (around £807 million) previous year.
Walt Disney Pictures' Beauty and the Beast grossed a dazzling $170 million domestically for the seventh-biggest debut of all-time, the #1 March debut ever (beating Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's $166 million), and the #1 PG movie debut of all time.
The record haul is good news for Disney since the movie had a steep $160 million production budget.
ActorEmma Watson is expected to pull in Dollars 15 million ( Rs 100 crore approximately) for the live-action remake of the 1991 Disney classic.
In theaters this weekend: 'Beauty and the Beast'
The film was originally scheduled for release on Thursday, but was held back after the board ordered the scene to be cut. It might have just been that the other characters were so much more entertaining that Watson's Belle got washed away.