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As expected, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast roars atop the weekend box office for the second week in a row, bounding past a wide crop of newcomers as the month of March sets a new industry standard in record time.

The Bill Condon-directed fantasy falls around 49 percent for a sophomore finish of $88.3 million, bringing its North American total to $316.9 million in a mere 10 days. After breaking the March opening weekend record last week, Beauty and the Beast goes on to score the fourth largest 10-day gross of all time this weekend in addition to posting the fourth largest second weekend tally of all time.

Overseas, Beauty and the Beast adds $119.2 million after opening in territories like France, Australia, and Argentina, cementing the film’s $690.3 global total to date. So far this year, Disney has amassed an estimated $1.3 billion globally.

At a distant second is Lionsgate’s Power Rangers reboot, which slightly exceeds industry forecasts with a healthy $40.5 million. The expensive $100 million blockbuster should earn back its production budget in the U.S., though its profitability will be determined by how well it performs on the international market. Tentpole spectacles tend to do well overseas — particularly in Asia — so the film’s promising domestic launch is only a small start to what could be a long life on screens worldwide in the weeks ahead.

Though they’re technically rivals in the box office arena, the impressive weekend hauls of both Power Rangers and Beauty and the Beast have helped domestic totals push past the $1 billion mark for March alone, making it the month’s best showing in history, according to comScore.

Falling one spot to No. 3 is the Legendary/Warner Bros. actioner Kong: Skull Island, which muscles a further $14.4 million over its third weekend in wide release. The franchise flick has made $133.5 million in the U.S. and Canada thus far, with another $258.6 million pouring in from overseas for a global total of $392.1 million and counting.

Coming in at No. 4 is the heavily buzzed Sony/Skydance thriller Life, which world-premiered at SXSW to solid critical reviews earlier this month. The $58 million production meets modest industry expectations over a competitive weekend through Sunday, earning an estimated $12.6 million — a relatively low number given its star power (Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal star), intriguing alien-centric premise, and effective marketing campaign.

Outside the top five, Warner Bros.’ kitschy contemporary adaptation of the beloved television series CHiPs bows with an estimated $7.6 million — a lukewarm start for director-writer-star Dax Shepard’s latest filmmaking effort, which was reportedly produced on a budget of around $25 million.

Elsewhere, the comparatively low-profile basketball drama Slamma Jamma posts a decent $1.7 million after playing at 502 sites over the weekend. At 310 locations, the Woody Harrelson/Laura Dern vehicle Wilson — helmed by The Skeleton Twins director Craig Johnson — also bows with a soft estimated $330,000, averaging approximately $1,065 per theater.

Per comScore, overall box office is up around 5.5 percent from the same frame last year. Check out the March 24-26 weekend box office estimates below.

1 – Beauty and the Beast – $88.3 million
2 – Power Rangers – $40.5 million
3 – Kong: Skull Island – $14.4 million
4 – Life – $12.6 million
5 – Logan – $10.1 million
6 – Get Out – $8.7 million
7 – CHiPs – $7.6 million
8 – The Shack – $3.8 million
9 – The LEGO Batman Movie – $2 million
10 – The Belko Experiment – $1.8 million

Courtesy of Saban/Kimberley French/Lionsgate
‘Power Rangers’

The news isn’t good for Sony’s space horror-thriller ‘Life,’ while Warner Bros.’ ‘CHIPS’ is running off the road; in China, ‘Kong: Skull Island’ roars to $51.3 in its first two days.

Saban’s Power Rangers is morphin’ into a bigger-than-expected player at the North American box office, where it earned an estimated $15 million Friday from 3,693 theaters for a projected $40 million-plus weekend despite fierce competition from holdover Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty remains a monster in its second weekend. The film adaptation of the 1991 classic animated film raked in $23.6 million Friday from 4,210 locations for an $89 million-plus weekend — the fourth-biggest second weekend of all time. Beauty raced past the $250 million mark in North America on Friday, and $541 million globally.

From Saban and Lionsgate, Power Rangers cost $100 million to make so it will need to do strong business both domestically and overseas. The good news — it nabbed an A CinemaScore and is attracting Millennials who grew up watching the TV series. The filmmakers wanted the new movie to be more edgy, so intentionally sought a PG-13 rating. Power Rangers also breaks ground by featuring the first queer big-screen superhero film.

Power Rangers is directed by Dean Israelite and follows five teens (Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G) in a small town who discover artifacts that allow them to morph into crime-fighting heroes called The Power Rangers. They are tasked with learning to use their new skills in order to save their town from destruction by a power-hungry villain (Elizabeth Banks). Bryan Cranston also stars.

The news isn’t good for the weekend’s two other new films, Sony/Skydance’s space horror-thriller Life and Warner Bros.’ CHIPS.

Life, starring Jack Gyllenhaal, grossed an estimated $4.4 million Friday from 3,146 theater for a muted $12 million-$13 million weekend. The movie, also starring Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson, is holding at No. 4 behind Beauty, Power Rangers and holdover Kong: Skull Island.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa and premiering at the SXSW Film Festival, Life follows a group of scientists on the International Space Station that discover a rapidly evolving life form that threatens the crew and all life on Earth. Skydance, which financed a majority of the $58 million budget, and Sony are hoping solid reviews result in a long run, but audiences gave Life a dismal C+ CinemaScore.

Power Rangers, or Beauty for that matter, aren’t the films playing on nostalgia.

Warner Bros.’ CHIPS, an R-rated take on the buddy-cop TV series about two California Highway Patrol officers that debuted in the late 1970s, is also opening nationwide this weekend but appears to be running off the road. It grossed $2.6 million Friday from 2,464 for a projected $7 million weekend.

Dax Shepard both directs and stars with Michael Pena in the R-rated action-comedy, which garnered a B+ CinemaScore. CHIPS, which cost $25 million to make, is pacing to gross $2.5 million on Friday, including $500,000 in previews.

Warners still has reason to celebrate this weekend. In China, Legendary and Warners’ Skull Island opened to an impressive $22.6 million on Friday, one of the biggest starts of all time for a Hollywood title. The tentpole earned another $28.7 million on Saturday for a two-day total of $51.3 million.

Elsewhere, we’re expecting another $8 million or so for Universal’s Get Out as it continues its run to $150 million domestically and rounding out the top ten should be WB’s The LEGO Batman with around $2.5 million as it looks to top $170 million domestically by Sunday.

Looking beyond the top ten, we’re not exactly sure what to expect from RiverRun’s sports drama Slamma Jamma, which we’re told is opening in ~500 theaters. Additionally, Fox Searchlight will release Wilson into 310 theaters and FIP is releasing Phillauri into 74 theaters.

This weekend’s forecast is directly below. This post will be updated on Friday morning with Thursday night preview results followed by Friday estimates on Saturday morning, and a complete weekend recap on Sunday morning.

  • Beauty and the Beast (4,210 theaters) – $76.9 M
  • Power Rangers (3,693 theaters) – $38.0 M
  • Life (3,146 theaters) – $18.0 M
  • Kong: Skull Island (3,666 theaters) – $14.2 M
  • Logan (3,163 theaters) – $9.0 M
  • Get Out (2,468 theaters) – $8.1 M
  • CHiPs (2,464 theaters) – $7.0 M
  • The Shack (2,330 theaters) – $3.4 M
  • The Belko Experiment (1,341 theaters) – $2.6 M
  • The LEGO Batman Movie (1,638 theaters) – $2.3 M

It’s a tale as old as time, but Beauty and the Beast‘s new box office record is as fresh as can be.

Disney’s live-action remake of the beloved 1991 animated classic roars to the top of the domestic chart this weekend, amassing a spectacular estimated $170 million from 4,210 theaters — averaging $40,380 per location to notch the highest debut for a March title in history.

The $160 million Bill Condon production bests the $166 million total posted by previous record holder Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice just under one year ago.

Worldwide, Beauty and the Beast ropes in an excellent $180 million, which brings its global total to $350 million after just three days, additionally trumping studio sibling The Jungle Book‘s IMAX record for a PG-rated film ($21 million worldwide vs. $20 million worldwide, respectively) on 1,026 formatted screens.

Slipping around 53 percent to No. 2 is Legendary and Warner Bros.’ latest entry in the King Kong franchise, Kong: Skull Island, which adds a further $28.9 million to its growing $259.3 million global total ($110.1 million in the U.S. and Canada).

Coming in at No. 3 is James Mangold’s Wolverine sendoff Logan, which sees Hugh Jackman making his final turn as the iconic comic book character. The film falls to an estimated $17.5 million across its third three-day frame, boosting its global number to $524 million to date.

Rounding out the top five are Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy hit Get Out, which bags $13.2 million ($133.1 million on a $4.5 million budget) at No. 4, and the faith-based drama The Shack, which tallies $6.1 million ($42.6 million) at No. 5.

Outside the top five, BH Tilt and Orion’s The Belko Experiment meets industry expectations with an estimated $4.1 million at No. 7. The modestly budgeted flick falls in line with previous BH Tilt releases that have been aimed squarely at horror fans, with the label even going so far as to slot the film only in theaters that have been historically frequented by diehard genre aficionados.

Theodore Melfi’s Oscar-nominated drama Hidden Figures continues its impressive box office run this weekend, spending its 11th weekend inside the top 10 as it rakes in a further $1.5 million at No. 8. Its North American total now stands at $165.6 million on a $25 million budget.

Elsewhere, two of contemporary cinema’s foremost auteurs make appearances on the specialty market, as the Danny Boyle-directed Trainspotting sequel bows to a solid $180,000 from five locations for a per-screen average of $36,000, while Terrence Malick’s latest film, Song to Song, pulls in $53,945 from four theaters — his worst limited opening since The New World hit three sites with $30,864 back in 2005.

Though the summer movie season has yet to begin, 2017 has seen seven films cross the $100 million domestic mark thus far. Per comScore, overall box office is up approximately 5.8 percent from the same period last year.

Check out the March 17-19 weekend estimates below.

1 – Beauty and the Beast – $170 million
2 – Kong: Skull Island – $28.9 million
3 – Logan – $17.5 million
4 – Get Out – $13.2 million
5 – The Shack – $6.1 million
6 – The LEGO Batman Movie – $4.7 million
7 – The Belko Experiment – $4.1 million
8 – Hidden Figures – $1.5 million
9 – John Wick: Chapter 2 – $1.2 million
10 – Before I Fall – $1 million


The Disney live-action fairy tale landed one of the top 10 openings of all time and the biggest ever for a PG title, both in North America and overseas.

Be our guest, indeed.

Director Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast opened over the weekend to a monstrous $170 million from 4,210 theaters at the North American box office. Overseas, the female-fueled update of the classic 1991 animated musical also dazzled, earning $180 million for an elegant global bow of $350 million.

Beauty set a number of new records, including the biggest start ever for a PG title both in North America and abroad (Last year’s Finding Dory was the previous champ domestically with $135 million). And it surpassed the $166 million domestic debut of last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice to land the top March opening of all time. Just as impressive, the family-friendly movie boasts the seventh-biggest domestic opening for any film, and the biggest outside of summer save for December 2015 bow of fellow Disney blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, not accounting for inflation.

Several rival studios have Beauty and the Beast coming in higher ($173 million-$174 million); a final figure will be released by Disney on Monday. Either way, it will be the largest domestic opening since Marvel/Disney’s Captain America: Civil War ($177 million) almost a year ago.

Internationally, Beauty placed No. 1 almost everywhere. It was huge in the U.K. with $22.8 million — one of the top five openings ever there — and impressed in China with $44.8 million, already topping the entire runs of Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland.

The $160 million tentpole is yet another win for Disney, where studio chairman Alan Horn — who worked with British star Emma Watson on the Harry Potter franchise when running Warner Bros. — and production chief Sean Bailey have been intent on mining the studio’s classic animated vault and building a stable of live-action movies. Past hits include The Jungle Book, Maleficent, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland.

“There were a combination of factors that made this a recipes for success. There was a nostalgia for the original and the Disney brand. And Emma Watson was perfectly cast as Belle. The visual effects were also their own character,” said Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis. “And I love our date. We have five weeks of rolling spring break ahead of us.”

Audiences gave Beauty an A CinemaScore. Disney reports that a healthy 40 percent of the audience were males, and nearly half the audience were adults and teens, a startling stat for a PG family title; the remainder were parents and kids.

Beauty and the Beast stars Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. The cast also includes Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films produced the pic.

The tale follows the bookish Belle, who attempts to rescue her father from the castle of a terrifying beast, and instead becomes his captor. But she soon starts to fall for the Beast and the enchanted staff of his castle, who were all put under a spell by a witch.

The film saw a nice boost from a full run in Imax theaters, generally known as a haven for fanboys. But with PG films booming, Imax is expanding its programming to include family-friendly fare. The large-screen exhibitor worked with Condon on making a special version of Beauty that allows more to be seen on the screen because of a different aspect ratio. Also, Imax offered a 2D version of the movie throughout the day so that it would be a more affordable outing for families. The scheme worked, with Imax locations contributing $12.5 million in North America and $21 million worldwide, beating Jungle Book ($18 million) for the top PG title.

Beauty caused some consternation in a smattering of foreign markets after Condon recently revealed that Gad’s character LeFou, Gaston’s sidekick, is gay. Russia gave the movie a restrictive 16 rating, but it still earned $6 million, on par with Cinderella.

Censors in Malaysia have gone one step further and asked Disney to cut what it deems a “gay moment,” but the studio says it won’t make any changes.

The only film that dared to open nationwide opposite Beauty was The Belko Experiment, which grossed $4.1 million from 1,341 theaters for a seventh-place finish. Written by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Belko Experiment is an Orion Pictures’ low-budget horror thriller which is being released by Blumhouse’s alternative distribution arm, BH Tilt.

The pic, directed by Greg McLean, follows a group of 80 Americans who are locked in their high-rise office in Bogota, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed in order to survive.

Two male-fueled titles placed No. 2 and No. 3 over the weekend, Kong: Skull Island and Logan, respectively.

Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong fell a respectable 53 percent in its second weekend to $28.9 million for a domestic total of $110.1 million. It took in another $38.5 million internationally for a global cume of $259.2 million. The movie’s main challenge remains recouping its hefty production budget of at least $185 million.

In its third outing, Fox’s Logan neared the $200 million mark domestically, grossing $17.5 million for a cume of $184 million. The final and third Wolverine movie has earned north of $500 million worldwide.

Jordan Peele’s sleeper hit Get Out placed No. 4 with $13.2 million in its fourth weekend for a domestic total of $133.1 million. It debuted to an early $2.1 million overseas for a global tally of $136 million for Universal and Blumhouse.

Lionsgate’s faith-based The Shack rounded out the top five with another $6.1 million for a cume of $42.6 million.

At the specialty box office, TriStar/Sony’s T2 Trainspotting earned $180,000 from five theaters for a pleasing location average of $36,000, the best of the weekend after Beauty ($40,380). The long-awaited sequel has already earned more than $34 million overseas, mostly in the U.K.

With an estimated $63.78 million, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast topped the Friday box office, on its way to a three-day currently expected to finish anywhere from $155-162 million according to industry sources. There remains a chance it could reach Batman v Superman‘s $166 million, March opening record, but it’s too early to tell if that will be the case. By comparison, Batman v Superman brought in $81.5 million on Friday.

Additionally, BH Tilt’s The Belko Experiment brought in an estimated $1.5 million on Friday and is currently headed toward a $3.6 million opening, just a bit below the studio’s hoped for $4 million. And, TriStar’s limited release of T2 Trainspotting into four theaters resulted in an estimated $64,000 on Friday and is looking at a weekend around $170K-200K.

You can view the complete Friday estimates right here and we’ll be back tomorrow with a full look at the weekend.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is well on its way to an outstanding opening weekend as it took in a massive, $16.3 million from Thursday evening screenings at approximately 3,300 locations. Screenings began at 6PM with special fan events taking place at ~600 premium large format locations. This ranks above The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and serves as the third largest preview gross for the month of March, coming in behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($27.7m) and The Hunger Games ($19.7m), which opened with $166 million and $152 million respectively. In addition, the film opened with $11.5 million internationally.

As for BH Tilt’s The Belko Experiment, the film pulled in $305,000 from previews that began last night at 7PM. Comparing to previous BH Tilt titles, The Green Inferno did $275k in previews and opened with $3.5 million and The Darkness did $206k and opened with $4.95 million.

We’ll be back tomorrow morning with a look at Friday estimates. You can read our complete weekend preview below.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Thus far, 2017 is without a $100 million opener, but that will all change this weekend as Disney’s latest animated classic turned live action film, Beauty and the Beast, is set to open in over 4,200 theaters in US and Canada. In addition to becoming the first $100 million opener of 2017, this “tale as old as time” may challenge Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for the March opening weekend record and rank among the top ten all-time domestic openers. All told, this weekend will see the top twelve smash the $122 million the top twelve grossed from the same weekend last year. In fact, Beauty and the Beast should easily top $122 million all on its own.

Anticipation for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has been sky high for some time now as Disney has taken every opportunity to market the fantasy feature online and across all its media channels. As of March 6, online ticket retailer was reporting the film was outpacing Captain America: Civil War ($179.1m opening) in advance ticket sales while adding it was the fastest-selling family film in Fandango history (topping Finding Dory), and had already sold out hundreds of showtimes across the country well before release. Since then its sales have only continued to improve as the retailer now reports it’s not only outpacing Civil War, but Avengers: Age of Ultron ($191.2m opening) and March opening record holder Batman v Superman ($166m opening). These are big comparisons and industry expectations for a domestic opening of $120+ million seems conservative against such titles.

Beauty and the Beast is debuting in 4,210 theaters, of which 400 are IMAX screens and 500+ locations will show the film in Premium Large Format. The film will also play at nearly 200 D-Box locations and over 3,500 theaters will be showing the film in 3-D. By comparison, Disney’s The Jungle Book, which opened with $103.2 million last year, opened in 4,028 locations, of which 3,000+ were showing the film in 3-D. Finding Dory did open in 95 more theaters en route to its $135 million opening, but of those theaters it was playing in ~300 fewer 3-D locations and ~400 fewer IMAX screens. On top of all that, a peek at IMDb page view performance leading up to release shows Beauty and the Beast outperforming Jungle Book and Finding Dory, the latter by a rather significant margin, while at the same time pacing ahead of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

It should be mentioned, when it comes to IMDb page views Beauty and the Beast is trailing against Fandango comps Civil War, Age of Ultron and Batman v Superman, but we’re not entirely certain those are the best films to look at as a comparison, though there is something to be said for nostalgia and Beauty and the Beast‘s built-in audience. Back in 2002 when the animated Beauty and the Beast was re-released in IMAX it brought in $25.4 million from a max number of 68 theaters. Disney took the animated classic even wider in 2012 when it was re-released in 3-D and it didn’t disappoint, delivering $47.6 million. You better believe those same audiences will be showing up this weekend and then some.

Considering all factors, an opening above Dory‘s $135 million seems a guarantee, the question is whether or not it can eclipse Batman v Superman‘s $166 million, March opening record. The first sign as to how well it will perform comes Friday morning on the heels of Thursday night previews, which includes special fan events kicking off at ~600 premium large format locations nationwide. Finding Dory brought in $9.2 million on Thursday evening, The Jungle Book and Maleficent debuted with $4.2 million while films like Civil War and Age of Ultron brought in $25 million and $27.6 million respectively.

What does it all amount to? We’re expecting an opening anywhere from $150-170 million, which is already well outside of the norm. If we were to simply base our prediction off historical data, we’d be more likely to expect an opening around $112-134 million, but clearly this is a film set to outperform historical standards so while we’re only forecasting as high as $170 million, an opening around $180+ million doesn’t seem outside the realm of possibility.

In addition to its domestic debut, Beauty and the Beast will bow in approximately 67% of the international market including Thursday debuts in Germany, Italy, Russia, Korea and Brazil; and Friday openings in Spain, the UK, China and Mexico. The film hits theaters in France on the 22nd, Australia on the 23rd and won’t arrive in Japan until April 21.

Hoping to share in the weekend riches, last weekend’s #1 opener, Kong: Skull Island, is looking at a second place finish this weekend around $25.6 million, signifying a 58% drop, which is on average for a film of this sort. By comparison, Godzilla dropped 67% following its $93.1 million opening.

Logan should come in third, dipping around 54% or so in its third weekend with $17.5 million as the film nears $185 million domestically. Universal’s hit thriller Get Out, which has held strong for three weeks in a row, should finish fourth with a drop around 26% this weekend for a three-day around $15.3 million, pushing its cume close $135 million domestically. Rounding out the top five is Lionsgate’s The Shack, which should drop around 32% or so for a third weekend around $6.8 million.

Expected to finish just outside the top five is BH Tilt’s latest feature, The Belko Experiment, debuting in 1,341 theaters. As with previous releases including The Green Inferno and most recently Incarnate, the studio has chosen theaters determined to be historically frequented by die-hard genre fans and as such an opening around $4 million is the goal for the feature which carries a reported $5 million budget.

Of BH Tilt’s four releases so far, only The Darkness managed to open over $4 million, pulling in $4.95 million in its May 2016 opening from 1,755 theaters. A look at IMDb page view data recently showed Belko vastly outperforming both The Darkness and Incarnate, though that margin has tightened a bit over the last couple days. Overall, we’re expecting Belko might be the next title for the studio to top their target number as we’re anticipating an opening just under $5 million for the thriller.

Also opening this weekend, TriStar will debut T2: Trainspotting into four theaters as the platform release will continue to expand throughout the month. The 21-years-later sequel has already grossed over $33 million internationally after first debuting in the UK back at the end of January.

Additionally, Broad Green will release Terence Malick‘s Song to Song into a limited number of theaters, Well Go will release Bluebeard and Freestyle will be releasing Burn Your Maps.

This weekend’s forecast is directly below. This post will be updated on Friday morning with Thursday night preview results followed by Friday estimates on Saturday morning, and a complete weekend recap on Sunday morning.

  • Beauty and the Beast (2017) (4,210 theaters) – $168.0 M
  • Kong: Skull Island (3,846 theaters) – $25.6 M
  • Logan (3,687 theaters) – $17.5 M
  • Get Out (2,977 theaters) – $14.1 M
  • The Shack (2,825 theaters) – $6.8 M
  • The Belko Experiment (1,341 theaters) – $4.7 M
  • The LEGO Batman Movie (2,735 theaters) – $4.6 M
  • Hidden Figures (1,162 theaters) – $2.0 M
  • Before I Fall (1,551 theaters) – $1.3 M
  • John Wick: Chapter Two (1,065 theaters) – $1.2 M

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
‘Kong: Skull Island’

Overseas, the reboot debuts to $81.6 million for a global bow of $142.6 million; ‘Logan’ falls to No. 2 as it races past $150 million in the U.S. and $430 million worldwide.

Warner Bros and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island delivered a strong opening weekend performance, topping the weekend box office and becoming the third film in as many weeks to outperform expectations. The other two films, Logan and Get Out, continued their successful runs as they finished in second and third position respectfully, with Logan just $6.3 million shy of topping The LEGO Batman Movie as the highest grossing domestic release of 2017 in just ten days. Overall, the top twelve grossed an estimated $152.5 million, an improvement over last year by 3.8%.

With an estimated $61 million, WB and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island finished atop the weekend box office, delivering $15,865 per theater, from 3,846 locations. This tops San Andreas, the closest film we used for comparison in our weekend preview, which opened with $54.5 million. This is, however, well behind the $93.1 million Godzilla opened with in 2014 before going on to gross $200.7 million domestically. Question is, while the opening may be a bit lighter, can Skull Island improve on Godzilla‘s relatively tame, 2.15x multiplier?

GET MORE: Compare Kong: Skull Island vs. Godzilla here!

Opening weekend audiences gave Skull Island a “B+” CinemaScore, matching the score for Godzilla. Of that audience, they were 56% male vs. 44% female, of which 18% were under the age of 18 and 52% were under the age of 35. Audience members under the age of 25 gave the film an “A” CinemaScore. Looking ahead, a domestic performance anywhere from $160-170 million seems reasonable.

While Skull Island may have fallen a bit short of Godzilla domestically, it is outperforming the radioactive lizard in some international markets where it debuted to an estimated $81.6 million in 65 territories for a $142.6 million worldwide debut. International highlights include an estimated $7.6 million opening in the UK (17% ahead of Godzilla); $7.3 million opening in Korea (90% ahead of Godzilla); $6 million in Russia (16% over Godzilla); $5.6 million in Mexico (on par with Godzilla); $4 million in France; $3.6 million in Taiwan; $3.5 million in Australia and $3 million in Germany. Upcoming releases include a March 24 opening in China and March 25 opening in Japan, both of which will be very interesting.

By comparison, Godzilla opened in 64 markets in 2014 with $103.4 million before going on to gross $328.4 million internationally and $529 million worldwide. WB and Legendary have a series of films planned for this franchise with Godzilla 2 slated for 2019 and a Godzilla vs. Kong monster mash-up in 2020, so it goes without saying that Skull Island‘s continued performance worldwide will be looked at closely.

In second is Fox’s Logan, which topped $100 million domestically in just five days and with an estimated $37.85 million this weekend has now brought in over $150 million in just ten days. Of the three standalone Wolverine films this is already the second largest grossing and only needs $27.2 million to top 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Logan‘s 57.2% second weekend drop is a bit more than we were predicting in our weekend preview, but it is well within expectation for a film that opened as large as it did.

As of now, Logan is the second largest domestic release of 2017 and will soon be passing The LEGO Batman Movie to top the list (though Beauty and the Beast will soon be assuming that crown). Internationally, however, Logan currently stands as the #1 release of 2017 after taking in an estimated $70.3 million from 79 markets this weekend for an international total of $285.6 million and a worldwide cume of $438.3 million making it the highest grossing worldwide release among the three standalone Wolverine releases. Logan hits theaters in Japan on June 1.

Universal and Blumhouse’s Get Out finished third this weekend, once again outperforming expectations as it dropped just 25.4% for an estimated $21 million for a domestic cume that now stands at $111 million. Coming up with comparisons for Jordan Peele‘s breakout thriller is near-impossible as its week-over-week performance is mind-blowing as it is already Blumhouse Productions‘ second highest grossing release of all-time and showing absolutely no signs of stopping. And it can’t be said often enough, the film’s budget was a mere $4.5 million.

Lionsgate’s The Shack finished in fourth position with an estimated $10 million in its sophomore session and WB’s The LEGO Batman Movie rounded out the top five with an estimated $7.8 million as its domestic cume is now just shy of $160 million.

Among the weekend’s limited releases Badrinath Ki Dulhania brought in an estimated $850,000 from 152 theaters ($5,592 PTA); Paladin’s The Ottomon Lieutenant opened in 216 theaters with an estimated $173,450 ($803 PTA); IFC’s release of Personal Shopper delivered an estimated $92,516 from four theaters ($23,129 PTA); and CBS Films released The Sense of an Ending into four theaters where it brought in an estimated $42,000 ($10,500 PTA).

Additionally, Focus World’s release of Raw into two theaters brought in an estimated $25,230 ($12,615 PTA) and Parade Deck Films released The Dark Below into one theater where it brought in an estimated $1,477.

Next weekend sees the release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast into over 4,000 theaters were it will become the first 2017 release to open over $100 million. Last year The Jungle Book opened with $103.2 million in mid-April before going on to gross over $360 million domestically. It seems safe to say Beauty and the Beast will top that film’s opening as online ticket retailer is already reporting it is outselling Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million opening) and is the fastest-selling family film in Fandango history, topping previous family record-holder, Finding Dory ($135m opening) as hundreds of showtimes across the country were sold out two weeks before the film even opened. Join us next Thursday when we take a look at just how high it may go.

Weekend Box Office 3/12/17

Comscore Estimates for Weekend of 3/5/17
1. Kong: Skull Island $61M $61M 3,846 1
2. Logan $37.9M $152.7M 4,071 2
3. Get Out $21.1M $111.1M 3,143 3
4. The Shack $10.1M $32.3M 2,888 2
5. The Lego Batman Movie $7.8M $159M 3,303 5
6. Before I Fall $3.1M $9M 2,346 2
7. Hidden Figures $2.8M $162.9M 1,421 12
8. John Wick: Chapter Two $2.7M $87.4M 2,031 5
9. MET Opera: La Traviata $1.8M $1.8M N/A 1
10. La La Land $1.8M $148.4M 1,578 14

SATURDAY AM UPDATE: Universal’s The Great Wall led the weekend’s newcomers on Friday, bringing in an estimated $5.9 million on its way to what looks like a $17 million three-day and a four-day weekend that could top $20 million.

WB and New Line’s Fist Fight won’t be breaking out as it theorized it might in our weekend preview below after it brought in an estimated $3.8 million on Friday and is now looking at a $11.5 million three-day and a four-day around $13 million.

The third new wide release of the weekend is Fox’s A Cure for Wellness, which is performing even worse than even the modest pre-release expectations as it pulled in an estimated $1.5 million on Friday and is looking at a three-day around $4+ million and a four-day unlikely to hit $5 million.

You can check out all of the Friday estimates right here and we’ll be back tomorrow with a weekend wrap-up, looking at the three-day weekend and estimates for the four-day.

FRIDAY AM UPDATE: Universal’s The Great Wall brought in $970,000 from Thursday night previews beginning at 7PM in 2,470 theaters. This is $70k more than the $900k the Ben-Hur remake brought in and $170k more than Gods of Egypt to continue the comparisons used in the weekend preview below.

Warner Bros. and New Line’s Fist Fight got started with $600,000. This is $135k less than Barbershop: The Next Cut brought in back in April 2016 before opening with $20.2 million.

Finally, Fox’s A Cure for Wellness grossed $300,000 from 2,215 locations from Thursday previews which began at 8PM. To continue our comparison from our weekend preview, this is $44,000 behind The Lazarus Effect, which went on to open with $10.2 million back in February 2015.

You can check out our weekend preview below and we’ll be back tomorrow morning with a look at Friday estimates.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: Presidents’ Day weekend last year was a monster thanks to the $152+ million four-day opening for Deadpool. A year before that Fifty Shades of Grey took advantage of the fortuitous timing with a $93 million four-day opening. This year’s new releases—Fist Fight, The Great Wall and A Cure for Wellness—won’t be making such big waves as only one looks as if it will find its way into the top three while the others take a backseat to a trio of second weekend holdovers. At the top, look for WB’s The LEGO Batman Movie to secure a second weekend at #1 and will top $100 million by the end of the day on Monday.

The LEGO Batman Movie heads into the weekend with strong word of mouth (“A-” CinemaScore), solid reviews (75 on Metacritic) and it remains the widest release of the weekend as the only film playing in over 4,000 theaters.LEGO Batman opened with $53 million last weekend and we’re anticipating a ~32% drop for the three-day this weekend, puling in somewhere around $36 million, which should escalate to $44 million for the holiday weekend. That said, while #1 is pretty much decided, #2-4 could offer some surprises.

Fifty Shades Darker has so far performed mostly as expected. The film brought in $46.6 million in its opening weekend last week and delivered big time Valentine’s Day, pulling in $11 million, as its gross-to-date currently stands at $65.3 million. As for this weekend, the question is to obviously wonder just how far it will fall as Fifty Shades of Grey dipped a massive 74% in its second weekend.

As noted in our weekend wrap-up on Sunday, the opening performance for Fifty Shades Darker compared toGrey was comparable to the drop from Sex and the City to Sex and the City 2, the latter of which dropped 60% over its second weekend. One big caveat, however, is both Fifty Shades of Grey and Sex and the City 2opened over holiday weekends, giving better reason for their hefty drops. All that said, we’re still going with a 60% drop this weekend and a three-day around $18.6 million and a four-day that should finish up around $22 millionfor Fifty Shades Darker, which leaves an opening for one of the weekend’s new releases to swoop in and take second place.

Warner Bros. and New Line’s release of the Ice Cube and Charlie Day comedy Fist Fight is the first mainstream comedy of the new year. While reviews haven’t been glowing (41 on Metacritic and 28% on RottenTomatoes) that shouldn’t have too much of an effect on this film’s opening weekend performance. Fist Fight is opening in 3,185 theaters and a three-day around $19 million seems a strong possibility which would mean a four-day a touch above $22 million. That said, there is every possibility this one could push to $25 million for the three day and $29 million for the holiday weekend.

In fourth we’re anticipating a $17 million three-day, second weekend for John Wick: Chapter Two. The film delivered an impressive $30.4 million opening last weekend and received an “A-” CinemaScore from opening day audiences and currently holds a 8.4 user rating on IMDb, all of which are improvements over the first film. Question is, will that be enough to hold off the weekend’s next new wide release, Universal’s The Great Wall.

Starring Matt Damon, The Great Wall hasn’t been without its share of controversy as claims of whitewashingbegan making the rounds well before release. The film, which is directed by Zhang Yimou (Hero), has already had a significant impact internationally where it has pulled in over $224 million since releasing in China in mid-December where it has pulled in over $170 million alone. Budgeted at a reported $150 million it has all the signs of being another film similar to Universal’s 2015 feature Warcraft, which dominated internationally to the tune of $386.3 million, yet couldn’t top $50 million domestically.

Reviews for The Great Wall have been mostly negative as it currently holds a 39 on Metacritic and 35% onRottenTomatoes and this is a film where strong critic reviews might have helped. As it is, looking at IMDb data shows The Great Wall trending below films such as the Ben-Hur remake and Gods of Egypt, and while we aren’t expecting openings quite that low, a three-day debut around $15 million is where we currently stand, finishing around $17 million for the four-day.

Next we come to Fox’s A Cure for Wellness, a thriller directed by Gore Verbinski debuting in 2,704 theaters. Industry expectations have this one opening around $6-8 million for the four-day weekend and there isn’t a lot of room to argue. However, a look at IMDb page view data leading up to release does show a significant spike in interest following the film’s first trailer and another following its Super Bowl trailer on February 5. The spikes and overall interest follow a similar trajectory to The Lazarus Effect, which opened with $10.2 million over the final weekend February 2015. While we are forecasting the film will only generate a $6.5 million three-day and around$8 million for the four-day, we’ll be watching closely to see if it might be able to best our expectations.

Meanwhile, Hidden Figures will be looking to top $140 million domestically this weekend, Split should top $120 million, La La Land will be looking to go over $130 million and Arrival hopes to become the 29th release of 2016 to gross over $100 million domestically.

Elsewhere, Pantelion will debut Everybody Loves Somebody into 333 theaters and Reliance has two releases with Running Shaadi releasing in 51 theaters and Irada opening in 27 theaters.

This weekend’s three and four-day forecasts are directly below. This post will be updated on Friday morning with Thursday night preview results followed by Friday estimates on Saturday morning, and a complete weekend recap on Sunday morning.


  • The LEGO Batman Movie (4,088 theaters) – $36.0 M
  • Fist Fight (3,185 theaters) – $19.0 M
  • Fifty Shades Darker (3,715 theaters) – $19.0 M
  • John Wick: Chapter Two (3,113 theaters) – $17.0 M
  • The Great Wall (3,326 theaters) – $15.0 M
  • A Cure for Wellness (2,704 theaters) – $6.5 M
  • Hidden Figures (2,217 theaters) – $5.9 M
  • A Dog’s Purpose (2,391 theaters) – $5.3 M
  • Split (2,442 theaters) – $5.2 M
  • Lion (1,542 theaters) – $4.3 M


  • The LEGO Batman Movie (4,088 theaters) – $44.0 M
  • Fist Fight (3,185 theaters) – $22.4 M
  • Fifty Shades Darker (3,715 theaters) – $22.3 M
  • John Wick: Chapter Two (3,113 theaters) – $20.0 M
  • The Great Wall (3,326 theaters) – $17.1 M
  • A Cure for Wellness (2,704 theaters) – $7.9 M
  • Hidden Figures (2,217 theaters) – $7.0 M
  • A Dog’s Purpose (2,391 theaters) – $6.3 M
  • Split (2,442 theaters) – $6.2 M
  • Lion (1,542 theaters) – $5.2 M


Though the race was closer than expected, Fifty Shades Darker ultimately submitted to The LEGO Batman Movie at the finish line, as the animated family feature launches with a $55.6 million weekend haul.

The third film to be released under the Warner Bros. Animation umbrella, LEGO Batman, a spinoff of the 2014 blockbuster The LEGO Movie, clocks in around $14 million softer than its forerunner, but its worldwide totals are still impressive: After three days in over 60 global territories, the film sold around $93 million worth of tickets, bounding past its $80 million production budget.

As family-oriented fare often does, LEGO Batman seemingly pleased the crowds it attracted, receiving an A- grade from polled moviegoers on CinemaScore. With such a strong audience-to-product connection, the original LEGO Movie‘s box office domination directly impacted the iconic toy brand’s sales, as profits rose by nearly 15 percent with additional double-digit sales growth in the U.S., U.K., Russia, France, and China in 2014.


Effective counter-programming to LEGO Batman‘s cross-demographic appeal,Fifty Shades Darker held its own against the blockbuster, taking in an estimated $46.8 million between Friday and Sunday for a solid No. 2 finish. The romance-tinged drama, a sequel to the 2015 E.L. James adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey, effectively courted its target audience, as Universal’s tracking indicates 70 percent of the opening weekend crowd was comprised of women. Around 56 percent of the total audience was under the age of 30.

The $55 million film commanded a further $100.1 million from 57 international territories for a global take of $146.9 million — enough to push the film to the top of the worldwide chart. The original Fifty Shades flick made just over $570 million around the world in 2015.

John Wick: Chapter 2 wrote the week’s biggest success story at No. 3, amassing a whopping $30 million over its first three days in wide release — more than doubling the $14.4 million bow posted by its 2014 predecessor. Tracking suggested an opening in the high teens, though the action sequel successfully tapped into the first film’s hungry cult audience, who gave star Keanu Reeves his highest opening weekend since The Day the Earth Stood Still tallied a $30.5 million start in 2008. Chapter 2 averaged $9,642 at 3,113 theaters and an A- grade on CinemaScore.

Rounding out the top five are M. Night Shyamalan’s Split ($9.3 million), which tumbles three spots after spending three consecutive weeks atop the North American chart, and perennial crowd-pleaser Hidden Figures, which adds around $8 million to its ballooning $131.5 million total.

Outside the top 10, a compilation of the Academy’s Oscar-nominated short films averages $3,587 at 184 sites for an estimated $660,000 finish. Belle director Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom, starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo, notches a decent number from four theaters, pulling in approximately $70,000 in limited release.

The week’s highest per-location average (an estimated $40,510 from a single theater), however, hails from Ceyda Torun’s documentary Kedi, which follows Istanbul’s curious population of cats. 

Per comScore, overall box office is up around 1.7 percent from the same frame last year. Check out the Feb. 10-12 weekend estimates below.

1. The LEGO Batman Movie – $55.6 million
2. Fifty Shades Darker – $46.8 million
3. John Wick: Chapter 2 – $30 million
4. Split – $9.3 million
5. Hidden Figures – $8 million
6. A Dog’s Purpose – $7.4 million
7. Rings – $5.8 million
8. La La Land – $5 million
9. Lion – $4.1 million
10. The Space Between Us – $1.8 million

The cheeky new LEGO Batman Movie pulls off two things incredibly well. The first is artistic; the second is a little more subversive. Let’s start with the first one. As a follow-up to 2014’s surprise hit about a shiny, happy “Everything Is Awesome!!!” plastic-brick universe where nothing trumps the power of friendship and teamwork, The LEGO Batman Movie avoids the trap of being just another cynical, watered-down retread. It’s very much its own thing, with a mostly new cast of pliable polymer characters and a story that spins off in an entirely different direction. As for the second, well, it’s a bit more devious.

After hijacking the first movie with his heavy, rock-tumbler whisper and bonkers throwaway gags, Will Arnett’s hilariously humorless Batman turns out to be the fun-size star of what’s basically a comic-book movie for kids who are too young to see comic-book movies. It’s a stealth recruitment video for the hearts and minds of future consumers of DC product, a diabolical gateway drug posing as a harmless kiddie flick about Danish playdate action figures with crescent hands and helmet hair. Good thing that beneath all of ?the semi-Dark Knight propaganda is an irresistibly clever and visually intoxicating adventure that once again shows why it’s more fulfilling to play with friends than brood alone in your Batcave.

Set in a crazy-colored interlocking version of Gotham City, LEGO Batman pits our narcissistically morose cowled hero against his insecure merry-prankster nemesis, the Joker (a winkingly needy Zach Galifianakis), and an army of herky-jerky C-grade supervillains (like the ketchup-and-?mustard-spewing Condiment King). In order to save the day, vigilante Bruce Wayne has to lighten up, stop admiring his nine-pack abs (“That’s right, I have an extra ab!”), and join forces with enthusiastic orphan Dick Grayson (Michael Cera, so bubbly he’d wag his tail if he had one), police commissioner Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson in plucky junior-feminism mode), and his loyal butler and surrogate father, Alfred (a deadpan and dry-as-vermouth Ralph Fiennes).

Seventy-five percent of the film’s carpet-­bomb campaign of pop culture meta punchlines will ricochet over the target audience’s head, but parents dragged along for the ride will no doubt be grateful for Arnett’s rat-a-tat send-ups of Adam West and superhero clichés. Directed by Robot Chicken’s Chris McKay and produced in part by the first film’s dynamic duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller,LEGO Batman revs so fast and moves so frenetically that ?it becomes a little exhausting by the end. It flirts with being too much of a good thing. But rarely has corporate brainwashing been so much fun and gone down with such a delightful aftertaste.

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The Lego Batman Movie Trailer 5 2017 | Watch the official extended spot trailer for “The Lego Batman Movie”, an animation movie starring Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes & Michael Cera, arriving February 10, 2017 !

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

The Lego Batman Movie Movie
US-Release: 10 February 2017
Genres: Action, Animation, Comedy
Cast: Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Cera

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In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

US-Release: 10 February 2017
Genres: Action, Animation, Comedy

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In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

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