BOX OFFICE REPORT
March 24-26, 2017
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Beauty and the Beast||$88.3 million|
|Power Rangers||$40.5 million|
|Kong: Skull Island||$14.4 million|
Beauty and the Beast continued its fairy tale sweep of the box office, taking in an estimated $88.3 million in its second weekend. That's the fourth-biggest second weekend of all time, just behind the only three films to ever top $100 million in their second weekends: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and The Avengers. In just 10 days, the Disney remake has put more than $100 million between it and the next biggest film of 2016 (Logan). It's likely to be one of the few films to ever top $400 million domestically. It's doing just as well overseas, where it's sure to become one of the even smaller group of films to cross $1 billion.
Power Rangers was even mightier than expected. The reboot of Saban's '90s phenomenon debuted with $40.5 million, which is more than the 1995 film made in its entire run. Though it received mixed reviews, the film obviously clicked with its nostalgic audience, as well as a younger generation of moviegoers who weren't even born when the original show was on the air.
Kong: Skull Island slipped to No. 3 and while it's certainly made some noise, it has to look weak when tiny horror movies like Split and Get Out have beaten it. Although it did slam down Life. The sci-fi/horror flick only managed $12.6 million, which is not a promising start for such a heavily promoted movie. It would have been interesting to see how it would have done had it stayed at its Memorial Day Weekend opening, but it moved up once the highly similar Alien: Covenant did. Logan continued its dominance, finally crossing $200 million.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: I Called Him Morgan, a documentary on jazz legend Lee Morgan, who was murdered by his wife during a gig. The film took in $14,454 on its lone screen.
- CHiPs didn't have any reason to celebrate this weekend. The adaptation of the '70s cop show didn't join the ranks of 21 Jump Street and Starsky and Hutch, turning in a putrid $7.6 million.
- Slamma Jamma couldn't make its tagline ("Believe and You Will Soar") a reality. The basketball drama fell flat on its face, earning a mere $1.6 million.
Next week: The Boss Baby takes on Ghost in the Shell. While both could easily top $20 million, but neither will beat Beauty and the Beast. That will make at least $40 million in its third weekend.