My wife wanted to see this Friday so I went fully expecting to find a new way to get some winks while pretending to watch a movie. So many shows were sold out later in the evening so we caught a 6:30 viewing (which ended up being packed out as well). This turned out to be a film of two halves for me. The first half was okay but very much color-by-the-numbers with the '91 classic. Emma Watson gave her standard performance of facial expressions without pulling from anything that made me feel like she was into the character. So about the time I was ready to give up on this movie, Emma and the beast began to find a chemistry that gave the film new life and the story went up about ten notches and I was hooked in the rest of the way. I ended up liking the film and as it turns out allot of people checked it out this weekend. Enough to blow the doors off the March opening record held by BVS. That right there makes it a classic for me. Domestically its pulling in $174 million while worldwide the tally is $350 million. Impressive.