There was little doubt that Beauty and the Beast would be a breakout hit this spring. Now that the movie is in its second week, the industry is slowly absorbing the huge numbers for the live-action adaptation of Disney’s classic animated film. The movie made an estimated $90.4 million dollars in its second weekend. However, its worldwide gross of almost $700 million dollars in less than two weeks is perhaps the most impressive stat for Disney. This will not be the last we see of Disney’s new live-action adaptation craze with Dumbo and The Lion King in the works.
Power Rangers narrowly passed most industry insiders estimates for the film with an estimated $40.3 million dollar opening weekend. There is a lot of pressure on the movie to succeed, since it’s been revealed that the producers have planned for six more sequels to the movie. So, the film’s worldwide ticket sales will be carefully scrutinized over the coming weeks.
Third place belonged to the king of Kong Isle, Kong: Skull Island, which made an additional $14.6 million dollars in its third week of release. The movie has a worldwide total of over $390 million dollars, however it’s unclear if it will have the juice to eventually cross the $500 million mark. Regardless, the sequel to Godzilla is still coming down the pipeline, setting the stage for Kong to return in the planned Kong versus Godzilla movie.
Life came in fourth place during its debut weekend with an estimated $12.5 million dollars. The film was made on an announced $58 million dollar budget, while boasting the considerable star power of Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds. There is no doubt that this is a huge blow to Sony Pictures. Many were hoping that Life was secretly a Venom prequel, which would have boosted ticket sales immensely and surely the studio is wishing that they had that foresight.
Rounding out the top five spots was Logan, which crossed the $200 million mark for its domestic run, while adding an additional $10.3 million dollars. The movie is a success by any measure and it still has weeks left in its run. However, this should be the film’s last week in the top five.
Check out the full box-office results for the weekend of March 24th-March 26th, 2017:
|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count / Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|1||1||Beauty and the Beast (2017)||BV||$90,426,717||-48.3%||4,210||–||$21,479||$319,032,604||$160||2|
|2||N||Power Rangers (2017)||LGF||$40,300,288||–||3,693||–||$10,913||$40,300,288||$100||1|
|3||2||Kong: Skull Island||WB||$14,670,653||-47.3%||3,666||-180||$4,002||$133,767,891||$185||3|
|9||6||The LEGO Batman Movie||WB||$2,100,951||-54.3%||1,638||-1,097||$1,283||$170,972,203||$80||7|
|10||7||The Belko Experiment||BH Tilt||$1,878,370||-54.6%||1,341||–||$1,401||$7,648,935||$5||2|
Source: Box Office Mojo