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ff8 1 Box Office: Fate of the Furious Nabs $100.2M in U.S. for Record $532.5M Global Start

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‘The Fate of the Furious’

Thanks to an all-time best China launch of $190 million, the eighth installment in the popular franchise surpassed the previous worldwide record launch of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’

Universal’s Fast and the Furious franchise is showing no signs of running out of gas on the world stage.

The Fate of the Furious, directed by F. Gary Gray, raced to an estimated $532.5 million global debut over Easter weekend, including $100.2 million domestically and a $432.2 million overseas.

If those estimates hold when final numbers are tallied early Monday, Furious 8 will eclipse Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($529 million) to boast the biggest worldwide opening of all time. Either way, it is assured of scoring the top international launch of all time, surpassing fellow Universal title Jurassic World ($316.7 million).

Furious 8 had the advantage of opening day-and-date in China, where it earned a massive $190 million, the biggest three-day bow in history. Overall, the tentpole debuted at No. 1 in all 63 foreign markets, and it did more business than any previous installment in 32 of those.

In North America, Furious 8 scored the second-biggest launch of the franchise behind Furious 7‘s $147 million. Furious 7 (2015) was the final film in the series to star Paul Walker, who died in a tragic car crash in November 2013. Globally, Furious 7 launched to $397.7 million (it didn’t open in China until a week later).

“This franchise is showing no sign of wear and tear,” said Universal international distribution chief Duncan Clark.

Added Universal domestic distribution president Nick Carpou: “Considering this is the second-highest opening of eight films speaks to the fact that people continue to be interested in the storyline.”

Long heralded for its diverse cast, Furious 8 played to audiences of all ethnicities and nabbed an A CinemaScore. Domestically, Caucasians made up 41 percent of the audience, followed by Hispanics (26 percent), African-Americans (21) percent, Asians (11 percent) and Native American/Other (3 percent), according to comScore’s exit polling service PostTrack. The pic skewed male at 58 percent, far more than the last film at 51 percent.

Highlights for the film’s international debut begin with the fact it was the #1 film in all 60+ territories where it opened, among which it was the largest opening in 17 of those territories: Argentina, China, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Middle East, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, U.A.E., Venezuela and Vietnam. The largest of all of this weekend’s openings is the estimated $190 million the film brought in from China, which is the largest three-day opening weekend of all-time in China and, of course, the biggest Hollywood opening of all-time. Top grossing territories include:

  • China – $190 million
  • Mexico – $17.8 million
  • U.K. and Ireland – $17 million
  • Russia – $14.1 million
  • Germany – $13.6 million
  • Brazil – $12.8 million
  • France – $10.5 million
  • Korea – $10.5 million
  • India – $10.4 million
  • Taiwan – $9.7 million
  • Australia – $9.6 million
  • Middle East Combined – $9.3 million
  • Indonesia – $9 million
  • Argentina – $8.3 million
  • Malaysia – $6.8 million
  • Italy – $6.7 million
  • Spain – $6.1 million
  • Colombia – $5 million
  • Thailand – $4.7 million
  • Panama – $4.6 million

The Fate of the Furious has five more territories where it is set to open including today in the Philippines followed by an April 20 opening in Serbia, April 21 in Poland and Romania and an April 28 opening in Japan.

Gray is making his franchise debut after helming Straight Outta Compton for Universal. Fate of the Furious once again stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell. Newcomers include Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren and Scott Eastwood. The story follows a villainous superhacker (Theron) who turns Diesel’s character against his crew.

The Fast and Furious movies have collectively grossed more than $3.9 billion globally. Furious 7 was far and away the biggest earner and the only installment to cross $1 billion on its way to finishing its worldwide run with $1.516 billion.

Fate of the Furious certainly spooked the competition; no other film opened against it nationwide.

At the specialty box office, The Lost City of Z did nicely for Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street, opening to $112,633 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a location average of $28,158. The period adventure film, directed by James Gray and produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B, stars Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller.

Another limited offering was the animated film Spark: A Space Tail, which debuted to a miserable $100,000 from 365 theaters for Open Road and the filmmakers.

Back in the top 10, Fox and DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby placed No. 2 with $15.5 million for a domestic cume of $116.5 million and worldwide haul of $287.6 million. (Fox also celebrated Logan passing the $600 million mark globally over the weekend.) Disney’s Beauty and the Beast held at No. 3 with $13.5 million for a domestic total of $454.7 million and $1.043 billion worldwide.

Sony’s Smurfs: The Lost Village continued to remain obscured, falling a steep 51 percent in its second weekend to $6.5 million for $24.7 million in North America and $94.7 million globally. New Line and Village Roadshow’s Going in Style has grossed almost as much domestically as Smurfs, earning $6.4 million in its second outing for a domestic total of $23.4 million and $35.1 million worldwide.

Outside the top five, Fox Searchlight’s expansion of Gifted didn’t exactly light the box office on fire as it played in 1,146 theaters (+1,090) and brought in an estimated $3 million ($2,618 PTA). Gifted will continue to expand to around ~1,600 theaters next weekend.

Also, for the seventh weekend in a row (a.k.a. every subsequent weekend since its release eight weeks ago), Universal and Blumhouse’s Get Out had the smallest drop within the top ten. This weekend it dipped just 28% for an estimated $2.9 million as its domestic cume now stands at $167.5 million.

A few other weekend highlights include Kong: Skull Island, which brought in an estimated $2.67 million and has now surpassed $160 million domestically and Logan, which brought in an estimated $1.9 million and has now topped $220 million domestically.

In limited release, Roadside’s Tommy’s Honour opened on 167 screens where it brought in an estimated $218,920 ($1,310 PTA). Bleecker Street’s release of The Lost City of Z brought in an estimated $112,633 from four theaters ($28,158 PTA), narrowly topping Open Road’s Spark: A Space Tail even though Open Road’s animated feature opened in 361 more theaters where it could only manage an estimated $112,352 ($308 PTA).

Also, Sony Classics’ Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer opened with an estimated $103,664 ($20,733 PTA); Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary from Abramorama opened with an estimated $15,880 from one theater; GKIDs’ My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea opened with an estimated $15,215 from three theaters ($5,072 PTA); Cohen Media’s Heal the Living debuted with an estimated $3,176 from two theaters ($1,588 PTA); and FilmRise’s Finding Oscar opened with an estimated $3,000 from one location.

Next weekend sees the release of five new films including the Warner Bros. thriller Unforgettable along with Open Road’s The Promise, Phoenix Forgotten from Cinelou, Free Fire from A24 and, finally, Disneynature’s Born in China.

The Fate of the Furious Smurfs 3 and Going in Style Debut as Moviegoers Await Fast and Furious 8

Nothing major to report from last night’s Thursday preview screenings, which were led by New Line’s Going in Style, which brought in $600,000 from previews that began at 5PM. Sony’s Smurfs: The Lost Village also held 5PM preview screenings in 2,731 theaters where it brought in $375,000. Comparisons for both performances are tough to come by as the films used in our weekend preview either didn’t hold Thursday previews or we don’t have the results in our database.

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

WEEKEND PREVIEW: We’ve already seen some strong performances at the box office this year all of which have contributed to the yearly domestic box office topping $3 billion in ticket sales faster than it ever has before. Last weekend, The Boss Baby became the fifth release of 2017 to top $50 million at the weekend box office and while this weekend won’t see similar returns for the week’s new wide releases, it’s the relative calm before the storm as Universal’s The Fate of the Furious debuts next weekend, sure to become the year’s second $100+ million opener. As for this weekend, the top twelve may struggle to reach $120 million collectively as both Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going in Style are looking at relatively soft openings while Pure Flix’s The Case for Christ should find a spot in the lower half of the weekend top ten.

At the top of the box office it’s looking like another close one between Fox and DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the latter of which is entering its fourth weekend in release after recently crossing $400 million domestically and has now made over $910 million worldwide. Both films are likely to lose a little bit of their audience to the release of Smurfs: The Lost Village as the three family features must find a way to share a common audience, but we’re expecting both to drop no more than 46% this weekend. As for the forecast, we’re looking for Boss Baby to repeat at number one by a narrow margin, bringing in just over $27 million for the three-day with Beauty and the Beast estimated to bring in around $25.4 million.

As for Smurfs: The Lost Village, as opposed it its predecessors, this is a fully animated Smurfs feature. The 2011 live-action/animated hybrid debuted to $35.6 million and eventually grossed $142.6 million domestically while the sequel could only open with $17.5 million in 2013 before finishing its domestic run with $71 million. Those first two films, however, saw three-quarters of their worldwide grosses come from international markets, which is clearly the play once again with The Lost Village as it has already debuted overseas, opening in 38 markets with over $15 million last weekend. This third feature also saved on production costs, carrying a budget around $60 million, well below that of the previous two films, both of which carried budgets over $100 million.

Looking at this weekend’s domestic opening, The Lost Village is likely to perform as expected, a bit below the $17.5 million opening for The Smurfs 2, bringing in around $16 million or so from 3,610 theaters. Should this forecast hold, an overall domestic performance below $50 million could be likely.

Fourth place should go to Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell, which debuted with a very soft, $18.6 million last weekend. The film has since found itself a topic of conversation over the course of the week, and it’s the kind of conversation that’s unlikely to help its carryover prospects. Look for this one to drop over 50% this weekend as we’re forecasting an $8.6 million sophomore session.

Rounding out the top five is the week’s second new wide release, New Line’s comedy remake Going in Style starring Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. The film is debuting in 3,061 theaters and industry expectation is for an $8 million opening for the film, which is reported to carry a $25 million budget. Attempting to find titles for comparison isn’t easy, though IMDb page view data shows it tracking well behind titles such as Last Vegas and playing closest to The Big Wedding, which opened with $7.6 million back in April 2013.

The week’s third new wide release finds Pure Flix’s faith-based feature The Case for Christ debuting in approximately 1,175 theaters this weekend as well as holding a special, Fathom event this evening on approximately 450 screens, which should help with its “weekend” haul. Industry expectations carry a rather wide range, anticipating an opening anywhere from $3-6 million, but to narrow that down a bit, IMDb page view data shows the film’s performance pacing closely to the studio’s 2015 release Woodlawn, which opened with $4 million from 1,553 theaters. Granted, the difference in theater counts is worth taking into account, but the title alone should help in getting more of the targeted audience into theaters and the Fathom premiere should definitely help with the weekend’s prospects. Overall, we’re forecasting an opening around $4.3 million, which could find it finishing around eighth place for the weekend.

Just outside the top ten, Focus is adding 265 theaters to their release of The Zookeeper’s Wife, which finished in the tenth slot last weekend with $3.2 million from 541 theaters. This weekend we’re expecting the film to hardly budge if not improve slightly, bringing in around $3.1 million.

Elsewhere, FUNimation will finally bring the overseas box office juggernaut Your Name to 303 North American theaters this weekend. The film has already brought in over $328 million internationally, of which over 65% came from Japan where it holds court as the country’s second largest domestic release ever behind Spirited Away, grossing over $214 million since hitting theaters last August.

Additional limited releases included Fox Searchlight’s Gifted, which will open in 56 theaters; Well Go’s Mine debuting in 26 locations; STX will release Their Finest in four theaters; Neon will release Anne Hathaway‘s Colossal into four theaters; and IFC is opening Graduation at two locations.

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.

  • The Boss Baby (3,829 theaters) – $27.0 M
  • Beauty and the Beast (3,969 theaters) – $25.4 M
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village (3,610 theaters) – $16.0 M
  • Ghost in the Shell (3,440 theaters) – $8.6 M
  • Going in Style (3,061 theaters) – $7.2 M
  • Power Rangers (2,978 theaters) – $6.8 M
  • Kong: Skull Island (2,753 theaters) – $5.1 M
  • The Case for Christ (1,175 theaters) – $4.3 M
  • Get Out (1,794 theaters) – $4.3 M
  • Logan (1,949 theaters) – $4.0 M

boss baby Box office report: The Boss Baby dethrones Beauty and the Beast

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION

After two straight weeks of putting in the work to see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, audiences have hired a replacement box office champion in Fox’s The Boss Baby.

The animated family comedy dethrones the reigning champion, posting an estimated $49 million — a figure nearly $20 million higher than industry expectations initially projected — over its first three days in theaters.

Featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Buscemi, and Tobey Maguire, the film follows a suit-wearing infant who teams with his older brother to foil an evil CEO’s nefarious plot. Though it failed to drum up much excitement from movie critics, The Boss Baby notched an impressive A- grade on CinemaScore from polled moviegoers, who drove the film to a $12,987 per-screen average from 3,773 locations — the highest of the week.

According to the industry tracking analysts at comScore, The Boss Baby‘s Friday grosses also helped solidify March 2017’s record as the month’s best performer ever, tallying over $1 billion in ticket sales for the first time in history. Around $1.171 billion worth of audiences went to see movies on domestic screens between March 1-31 — an uptick of 23.4 percent from the previous record of $949.1 million posted in 2016.

Falling to No. 2 across its third week in wide release, Disney’s Bill Condon-directed adaptation of Beauty and the Beast adds a healthy estimated $47.5 million to its growing total, which sits at $395.5 million domestically to date. With a further $67 million pouring in from overseas audiences, Beauty and the Beast has made an astounding $876 million worldwide, cementing it as the year’s top-earning picture both in North America and internationally.

Debuting at No. 3 with a muted $19 million is Paramount’s take on the popular Japanese animation series Ghost in the Shell. The $110 million blockbuster features Scarlett Johannson as an anti-cyberterrorism cyborg. Playing at 3,440 sites, the film averaged a so-so $5,523 and a B-grade on CinemaScore. While its domestic numbers aren’t spectacular, films like this are designed to perform much better overseas, so it can’t be labeled a flop just yet; the female-fronted actioner Resident Evil: The Final Chapter made a paltry $26.8 million stateside in January, though its worldwide total has continued to climb past the $300 million mark well into spring. Ghost in the Shell currently occupies approximately 78 percent of its planned international footprint, so expect it to earn a great deal beyond the $40.1 million it earned from foreign countries this weekend.

Holdovers occupy the remaining slots in the top five, including Power Rangers — which dips a harsh 64 percent to $14.5 million over its second outing — and Kong: Skull Island. The King Kong franchise entry sheds 40 percent of its audience for a fourth weekend total of $8.8 million, bringing its North American haul to $147.8 million thus far.the zookeepers wife Box office report: The Boss Baby dethrones Beauty and the Beast

ANNE MARIE FOX

Rounding out the top 10 is Focus’ Niki Caro-directed historical drama The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain as Antonina Zabinski, a Polish zookeeper who saved hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion in WWII-era Warsaw. Overperforming from Friday through Sunday, the film took an estimated $3.3 million from 541 theaters, averaging a healthy $6,191 per location. The decision has prompted Focus to roll out plans to expand the film to more theaters faster than initially anticipated.

“We’re very happy with our opening weekend, having a more limited title open in the top 10 is a great accomplishment!” Focus Features’ head of distribution, Lisa Bunnell, said of Zookeeper‘s performance via statement. “The film played extremely well with our core audience — exit polls were huge with over 90 percent of the audience rating the film in the top two boxes — as a result we’ve decided to expand faster than originally planned. Adult audiences are looking for films with a great story and strong performances and The Zookeeper’s Wife delivers.”

Per comScore, overall box office is up around 5 percent from the same frame last year. Check out the March 31 – April 2 weekend box office estimates below.

1 – The Boss Baby – $49 million
2 – Beauty and the Beast – $47.5 million
3 – Ghost in the Shell – $19 million
4 – Power Rangers – $14.5 million
5 – Kong: Skull Island – $8.8 million
6 – Logan – $6.2 million
7 – Get Out – $5.8 million
8 – Life – $5.6 million
9 – CHIPS – $4 million
10 – The Zookeeper’s Wife – $3.3 million

boss baby 2017 Box Office: Boss Baby Demands Attention With Bossy $49M, No. 1 OpeningCourtesy of DreamWorks Animation
‘The Boss Baby’
‘Ghost in the Shell’ bows to an underwhelming $19 million.

DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby proved to be the boss, all right. The Fox release grabbed an estimated $49 million over its debut weekend, unseating Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to take the top spot at the domestic box office.

Boss Baby just managed to edge out Beauty, which collected another $47.5 million during its third weekend as it domestic gross rose to $395.5 million.

The news wasn’t so upbeat for the weekend’s other new wide release, Paramount’s futuristic thriller Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson. Based on a Japanese manga, the film, which became the poster child for whitewashing when Johansson was cast in the central role of a cyber-soldier, grossed an underwhelming $19 million as it settled into the third spot in the rankings.

Boss Baby, which opened in 3,773 theaters, performed well above expectations that had pegged the movie as doing $30 million-plus for the three days. The PG-rated, CG-animated movie stars Alec Baldwin, who voices the character of a business-minded bossy baby who is on a secret mission to ensure babies get more love than puppies. The film is based on the 2010 children’s book written and illustrated by Marla Frazee. Tom McGrath directed the pic, which has a voice cast including Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Miles Christopher Bakshi and Tobey Maguire.

Boss Baby earned an A- CinemaScore, with moviegoers under 25 giving it a solid A. Families made up 67 percent of its audience, and it played to a diverse crowd — 53 percent of the audience was white; 19 percent Hispanic; 14 percent African-American and 9 percent Asian.

Internationally, Boss Baby has taken in $59 million to date, bringing its worldwide total to $108 million.

On the domestic front, it was the best opening for a DreamWorks movie since 2015’s friendly-alien picture Home, which bowed to $52 million and went on to pull in $177.4 million domestically and $386 million globally.

Ghost proved to be a shadow of Johansson’s last solo acting outing, Lucy, which debuted to $43.9 million in 2014. Helmed by Rupert Sanders, the new film was adapted from the Japanese manga by Shirow Masamune and also stars “Beat” Takeshi Kitano, Michael Carmen Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han and Juliette Binoche.

The PG-13 sci-fi film cost $110 million and was produced by Paramount, DreamWorks and Reliance Entertainment. It also opened in more than 50 international markets over the weekend, where it collected $40.1 million for a global tally of $59.1 million. Ghost is set to open in Japan and China on Friday.

The pic appealed to an older, male audience, with men comprising 61 percent of opening-weekend ticketbuyers and 76 percent of the audience being over the age of 25.

Bowing on a more limited basis as it debuted in 541 theaters, Focus’ World War II drama The Zookeeper’s Wife found a receptive audience, attracting $3.3 million for a per-theater average of $6,191 and securing a foothold in the top 10 with a tenth-place showing. The PG-13-rated period film, which attracted an older, female audience, stars Jessica Chastain and was directed by Niki Caro and revolves around how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved the lives of both humans and animals.  It will expand into additional theaters on Friday.

Among holdovers, Lionsgate’s Power Rangers dropped by 65 percent in its second weekend, grossing $14.5 million to bring its domestic total to $65.1 million as it took the fourth spot.

In its fourth weekend, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island ranked fifth as it took in $8.8 million, bringing its domestic tally to $147.8 million.

Fox’s Logan checked in at sixth place with $6.2 million and a domestic cume of $211.9 million, while in seventh place Universal’s Get Out claimed another $5.8 million as its domestic tally grew to $156.9 million.

The results weren’t encouraging for two other holdovers. In its second week, Sony’s Life managed just $5.6 million for a domestic cume of $22.4 million, and Warners’ CHIPS managed just $4.1 million for a total of $14.4 million.

Elsewhere, in limited release China Lion’s The Devotion of Suspect X brought in an estimated $330k from 43 theaters ($7,674 PTA); Arrow Films’ re-release of Donnie Darko brought in $53,200 from 21 theaters; and Janus Films’ release of David Lynch: The Art of Life brought in $12,126 from one theater.

Next weekend sees the release of New Line’s Going in Style in 3,000+ theaters, Sony’s Smurfs: The Lost Village will debut in ~3,400 theaters and Pure Flix will release The Case for Christ in ~1,100 theaters. In limited release Fox Searchlight will be releasing Gifted in ~50 theaters and STX will release Their Finest at just four locations.

box office Box office: Beauty and the Beast doubles Power Rangers weekend gross

DISNEY; LIONSGATE
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

power rangersjpg Box Office: Power Rangers Heads for $40M Plus Bow; Beauty Eyes Beastly $89M

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

 

belle Box office report: Beauty and the Beast passes Batman v Superman for March record

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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

beauty and the beast Box Office: Beauty and the Beast Waltzes to Record $170M in U.S., $350M GloballyDisney

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.beauty and the beastjpg Box Office: Beauty and the Beast Waltzes to Record $170M in U.S., $350M Globally

beauty and the beast Beauty and the Beast Hopes to Tell a Tale of a March Opening Weekend Record

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 Fandango.com 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

kong 2 Kong: Skull Island Roars to $61M Opening for No. 1 Finish While Logan and Get Out Stay Strong

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‘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 Fandango.com 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
WEEKEND CUME THEATERS WEEK
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

kong 1 Weekend Box Office: Kong: Skull Island Beats Logan Friday With $20.2M

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‘Kong: Skull Island’

The latest movie to feature the world’s most-famous fictional ape cost at least $185 million to produce before marketing, so it will need to roar loudly around the globe.

Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island is winning the North American box office race ahead of Logan, grossing $20.2 million on Friday from 3,846 theaters for a projected $52 million-$54 million debut.

That wouldn’t be the most spectacular start considering the tentpole boasts a hefty production budget of at least $185 million before marketing costs, or that Kong will far from match Logan‘s $88.4 million domestic opening a week ago.

The good news: Heading into the weekend, some thought Logan could beat Kong in what would have been a bruising blow for Legendary and Warners.

From 20th Century Fox, Logan earned an estimated $10.5 million Friday for a projected $36 million-$37 million weekend and global total approaching or crossing $350 million through Sunday.

Legendary and Warners likely didn’t count on Logan having such a sharp bite. And the situation won’t improve next weekend when Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opens. Kong hopes to have a long run despite the competition, thanks to strong reviews. Audiences gave the film a B+ CinemaScore.

Like Logan, Kong is skewing male (56 percent).

Overseas, Skull Island is setting sail in 61 foreign markets, minus China, where it rolls out March 24, for a projected international debut in the low- to mid-$80 million range. Kong grossed $12 million on Wednesday and Thursday from its first 43 markets.

Kong: Skull Island is the second title in Legendary and Warners’ monster universe after Godzilla, the 2014 summer tentpole that opened to $94 million after earning $9 million in previews, and is the first movie featuring the iconic ape since Peter Jackson’s 2005 King Kong. (Jackson’s film was infamous for costing north of $200 million.)

This time out, the story is set entirely on the island where the animal resides alongside a bevy of other oversized creatures. Skull Island, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts in his first studio assignment, is set in 1973 at the end of the Vietnam War, when a government agent assembles a team to investigate the mysterious, fog-shrouded locale. The ensemble cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson and John Goodman.

Kong: Skull Island is the only movie launching nationwide this weekend.

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Kong: Skull Island reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific—as beautiful as it is treacherous—unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.