DISNEY'S Beauty And The Beast has broken box-office records after taking in £18.4 million over its opening weekend.

The huge haul means the live-action version of the animated classic, which stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the beast, is the fifth-highest grossing three-day opening of all-time and the highest-grossing three-day opening weekend for a PG movie.

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The Saturday box office of £7.9 million was the second-highest grossing Saturday ever, only behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens

SIR Patrick Stewart has led tributes to Dame Vera Lynn as she celebrates her 100th birthday, admitting that her music still makes him cry.

The Logan star, 76, congratulated her on the milestone and said he was proud to be her fan.

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Dame Vera, who is celebrating her birthday on Monday (March 20), was a source of inspiration for soldiers and their loved ones during the Second World War thanks to her uplifting songs.

A NEW Chuck Berry album is expected to be released posthumously later this year.

The singer and guitarist, known as the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, died on Saturday at the age of 90.

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Last October Berry announced that he was unveiling a new record, entitled Chuck, in 2017.

NEIGHBOURS fans have launched a petition to keep the soap on British television after it was reported its future could be in jeopardy.

The Australian soap, which first aired in the UK 31 years ago, has been shown on Channel 5 since 2008.

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The Sunday People has reported that talks between the channel and makers Fremantle Media have stalled, leading to fears the programme could switch to another channel or even be axed.