The live-action musical adaptation of the classic animated film stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.
‘Finding Dory’ is still one of the hottest tickets of the summer (Photo: Disney/Pixar) We’re in the lazy days of summer, and that sluggishness extends all the way to the ticket booth. As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, it’s apparent that the 2016 summer movie season is off to a slow start, with tons of underachieving sequels and a few hits that seem almost obligatory (what, like you’re going to miss a Pixar or Avengers film?). As of mid-June, the summer box office was down 22 percent from last year, though Finding Dory has recently given that number a boost. In a sense, the tone for the whole year was set by March’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which brought in a ton of dough but little audience enthusiasm.
Once again, it seemed like Marvel had locked down the summer season championship — until Jurassic World stomped in, setting a new global box-office record and establishing Indominus Rex as the new killer queen. Within 10 days of opening, Jurassic World cleared $400 million domestically, setting a new box-office record and unseating Avengers: Age of Ultron as the No. 1 movie of the summer.