Box Office: March 24-26, 2017
Beauty and the Beast was Number One at the box office for the second week in a row over the weekend with $88.3 Million for $316.9 Million so far. This was no surprise. People want to be enchanted by the familiar. Perhaps that explains the Number Two film over the weekend. Power Rangers premiered in Second Place this weekend with $40.5 Million. That placement and take were surprises. My guess is that nostalgia ruled and both old and new fans were attached to the revamped Rangers. I don’t know if that take guarantees a sequel but it is probably close. It will depend upon how big Power Rangers opens internationally.
Kong: Skull Island was Third with $14.4 Million for $133.5 Million so far. Life premiered in Fourth Place with $12.6 Million. With the number of A-list stars in that film, top-notch effects, and the paltry take, Life may have officially bombed. It did, however, beat my prediction from last week in this column. I had Life opening one notch lower. Logan was Fifth with $10.1 Million for $201.4 Million so far. Get Out, CHiPs (which premiered this weekend), The Shack, The LEGO Batman Movie, and The Belko Experiment rounded out the Top Ten respectively.
Saban’s Power Rangers (or simply Power Rangers) is a 2017 American superhero film based on the team of the same name, written by John Gatins and directed by Dean Israelite. It is the third film of the Power Rangers film franchise, and is a reboot that features the main characters of the original Power Rangers television series, portrayed by a new cast. The film stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks. In the film, Zordon recruits five high school students to form a team that must stop an alien threat led by the witch Rita Repulsa.
Life is a 2017 American science fiction horror film directed by Daniel Espinosa, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds. The film follows a six-member crew of the International Space Station that uncovers what initially seems to be the first evidence of life on Mars; however, the crew finds their discovery might not be what it seems.
CHiPs is a 2017 American action comedy buddy cop film written and directed by Dax Shepard, based on the 1977-1983 television series of the same name created by Rick Rosner. The film stars Shepard as Officer Jon Baker and Michael Peña as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, with Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody and Vincent D’Onofrio in supporting roles.
Next week sees the release of Ghost in the Shell, The Boss Baby, The Zookeeper’s Wife, and the 2017 re-release of Donnie Darko. It is going to be very close next weekend. If Beauty and the Beast brings in revenue the way I believe it will, it make around $60 Million next week.
If Power Rangers opened the way it did this weekend, Ghost in the Shell will do around the same, maybe a little higher with Scarlett Johansson as the main star. Here is the problem: the original Ghost in the Shell was a seminal anime hit from fifteen years ago. How many Americans are actually familiar with the film and its history? Far more Americans are familiar with the Power Rangers than they are with Ghost in the Shell.
The Zookeeper’s Wife has been getting good reviews and Donnie Darko is a cult classic that people see again in again in theater when it pops up. Its 2017 re-release should be no different.
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