|Film||Weekend||Opening Weekend||Current Gross|
|Beauty and the Beast||$90.4m||$174.7m||$319m|
|Kong: Skull Island||$14.6m||$61m||$133.7m|
There were minor surprises at the box office this weekend but nothing to take away from the fact that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is continuing to absolutely dominate, both domestically and internationally. The film dropped less than 50 percent in its second weekend — more specifically, it dropped 48 percent — and has become the fourth-highest second weekend and the fourth-fastest film to reach $300 million of all time. For ten days straight, it has remained the number one film Stateside and has already reached $319 million. Take its international numbers into account and the film is only $7 million away from $700 million. There’s little doubt now that the film will be able to reach $1 billion and if it does, it will be the first of the studio’s live-action remakes to reach that coveted mark, although certainly not the first of the studio overall. In fact, only four films in 2016 crossed $1 billion and they were all Disney films, so Beauty and the Beast is slated to join the ranks of several other well-regarded Mouse House movies.
Next up is the brand-new Power Rangers film. Despite the film receiving plenty of criticism before its release, it managed to outperform expectations, making $40 million in its first weekend. Furthermore, despite the less-than-great critical response, fans have been receiving the film quite well. The film’s Rotten Tomatoes audience score is 81 percent and its CinemaScore is an astonishing A. Should the positive word of mouth continue to surround the film, it has a good chance of reaching a domestic total well over $100 million. However, it’s no secret that it’ll be its international box office that will make all the difference, especially once it opens in Asia. So far, opening in six smaller box office countries, the film as made $18.7 million internationally. With a budget of $100 million, it has to hope that it performs as strongly as everyone seems to think it will overseas.
Kong: Skull Island made its expected $14 million in its third week of release, but it was supposed to land in fourth place, not third. So why didn’t it? Because Life, the new sci-fi thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson opened to far less than expected. Rather than the $15-20 million range, it instead opened closer to $10 million, ultimately making $12.5 million in its opening weekend. The film, which boasts a less than impressive C+ CinemaScore, is tracking to do similar business as 2015’s Chappie, which only ended up making $31.5 million domestically when all was said and done. It looks like people have been far more influenced by Life‘s average premise than the chemistry between Gyllenhaal and Reynolds.
The aforementioned Kong now sits at $133.7 million domestically and is nearly to $400 million worldwide. While it’s still tracking behind Godzilla, and doesn’t have much of a shot at beating it overall, it is still performing rather successively. Its global total mostly stems from China, where it opened this past weekend to $72 million. In 2017, Kong is sitting as the sixth-highest film of the year and is a little less than $4 million from overtaking Split to become the fifth-highest film of the year.
Meanwhile, the film that brought up the rear of the top five over the weekend, Logan, is currently the second-highest film of 2017. Domestically, it’s now crossed $200 million, while globally it’s sitting at $565.5 million. It’s the fifth-highest X-Men film and while its box office intake is slowly coming to an end, it’s only $14 million shy of X2: X-Men United to become the fourth-highest.
And finally, Get Out has finally surpassed Split to become the highest-grossing Blumhouse film of all time.
(Source: boxoffice.com, boxofficemojo.com. Figures represent numbers at time of writing, and may have changed.)
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor