Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekend Box-Office: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Scores Record-Breaking $170 Million Debut


Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" knocked Kong off his throne with a record-breaking March opening that solidifies the studio's reputation at the box-office. Meanwhile, the other new release, the horror film "The Belko Experiment" almost didn't make it.

Find out more about the weekend box office after the jump.

"Beauty and the Beast" blew up the box-office with a huge $170 million debut, breaking the previous March record that was set by "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" last year with $166 million. Disney's live-action remake is also the film with the seventh largest opening weekend of all time, ahead of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" ($169.1 million), but behind "Iron Man 3'" ($174.1 million). Disney is reponsible for six of the top seven opening weekend all-timers. "Beauty and the Beast" is also putting on a good show overseas, where it has grossed $180 million from 44 markets. The remake scored a solid "A" from CinemaScore's opening night exit poll, and an okay 70% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Last week's No.1 film "Kong: Skull Island" dropped to second place and scored $28.8 million over the weekend, bringing its total domestic cume to $110.1 million. And the film's international gross is at a solid $149.2 million, signaling good things for a potential showdown betwen Kong and Godzilla.

"Logan" and "Get Out" continue to perform well in third and fourth place, with $17.5 and $13.2 million, respectively. "Logan" is closing in on the $200 million mark with $184 million domestically, while the horror film "Get Out" with $133.1 million is only $3 million away from becoming the highest grossing Blumhouse production. "The Shack" rounds up the Top 5 with $6.1 million over the weekend, adding up to a $42.6 million domestic total.

The other new wide release, the horror film "The Belko Experiment" opened with a modest $4 million, which is pretty much on par with the studio's expectations. While not an impressive figure, the film will have no real problem recuperating its $5 million production budget. It's also the second highest opening for Jason Blum's BH Tilt, which also produced "The Green Inferno", "Incarnate" and "The Darkness".

New Wide Releases: "Beauty and the Beast", "The Belko Experiment".

Biggest Drop : "Before I Fall" (-65.5%)

Smallest Drop : "Get Out" (-36.1%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Beauty and the Beast $170M $170M $180M $160M
2 Kong: Skull Island $28.8M $110.1M $149.2M $185M
3 Logan $17.5M $184M $340M $97M
4 Get Out $13.2M $133.1M $2.9M $4.5M
5 The Shack $6.1M $42.6M $0.4M $20M
6 The LEGO Batman Movie $4.7M $167.4M $120M $80M
7 The Belko Experiment $4M $4M N/A $5M
8 Hidden Figures $1.5M $165.5M $48.6M $25M
9 John Wick: Chapter Two $1.2M $89.7M $68.3M $40M
10 Before I Fall $1M $11.2M N/A $5M


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