'Beauty and the Beast' sets box-office record for PG-rated movie

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Disney's live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast" brought in $170 million nationwide in its opening weekend. (Walt Disney Studios)

It was a big weekend at the box office for Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" as it raked in $174.8 million nationwide.

The figure makes the live-action remake the best opening ever for a PG-rated film.

The movie also owns this year's top opening so far and ranks seventh all time, not accounting for inflation.

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The audience was made up of 60 percent female, a rarity among top-performing movies, which tend to be marketed more toward men.

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