Disney princesses have gotten their fair share of criticism as of late. In recent years, many people have questioned whether beloved characters like Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, and Belle are positive role models for young girls. (For instance, a 2016 study examining “princess culture” concluded that girls who were immersed in princess videos and merchandise were more likely to engage in gender stereotypes later on in life.)
"Beauty and the Beast," Disney's live action remake of its beloved 1991 animated film, made an estimated $350 million worldwide this weekend. Of that total, $170 million came at theaters in North America.