Box Office: March 17-19, 2017
Beauty and the Beast premiered in the Number One spot at the box office over the weekend with $170 Million. There was no doubt that the live-action version would take first place during its opening weekend and do well at the box office financially. No one could have expected that Beauty and the Beast would open close to $200 Million. Making such a large sum in one week virtually guarantees that all of the live-action versions of Disney animated films that the company was thinking about producing will be green-lit.
Kong: Skull Island was Second this weekend with $28.8 Million for $110.1 Million so far. Logan was Third with $17.5 Million for $184 Million so far. Get Out was Fourth with $13.2 Million for $133.1 Million so far. The Shack was Fifth with $6.1 Million.
Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 American family musical romantic fantasy adventure film directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. A co-production between Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films, the film is a live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 animated film of the same name, itself being an adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy tale. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the titular characters, with Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson as the supporting roles.
The Belko Experiment is a 2016 American horror thriller film directed by Greg McLean and written by James Gunn. The film stars John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona and Melonie Diaz.
Next week sees the release of Power Rangers, Life, CHiPs, Slamma Jamma, and Wilson. The hype notwithstanding, Power Rangers will not open in the Number One spot at the box office. With the amount of money Beauty and the Beast made this weekend, even if Beauty and the Beast lost half of its audience, there is no way Power Rangers is going to come close to making $85 Million in its opening weekend or any other weekend. Power Rangers looks too: weak, bland, ordinary, and cheesy for that, especially in the wake of Logan. I wish they had made a Power Rangers film with edge, like the outstanding Power/Rangers short film released in 2015.
Life a.k.a. The Blob in Space will open in the Top Five next weekend because of its: cast, production, and scare-factor.
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