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Weekend Box Office Report: March 17-19, 2017

03.19.2017

Beauty and the box office Beast!

Disney brought the fairy tale BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to life this weekend and opened with a monstrous $170 million!

The musical romance from director Bill Condon (DREAMGIRLS, TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN) also collected $180 million from international crowds for a worldwide opening weekend of $350 million.

The update of Disney's own animated 1991 blockbuster set a new record for biggest March opening, defeating the $166 million start of last year's BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. It's also the best opening ever for a PG-rated release, and is already the second-highest grossing movie of 2017 behind LOGAN.

For star Emma Watson, Belle had an even better beginning than her previous high-profile role as Hermione Granger, which peaked with a $169 million opening for HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART II.

The ensemble fantasy cost a reported $160 million, and a majority of critics felt like welcome guests with 70% on Rotten Tomatoes (the JoBlo review is HERE).

KONG: SKULL ISLAND climbed down to second place with $28.5 million, dropping 52% from its first place opening last week as it had to make way for another hairy fella at the top.

The visit to the land of giant monsters (and precursor to a slobberknocker with Godzilla) now has a ten-day domestic total of $110.1 million, with a worldwide total of $259.3 million on a reported $185 million cost.

In third place, the R-rated LOGAN continued to demonstrate resilience with another $17.5 million for a domestic total of $184 million after three weekends, pushing past the $179.8 million domestic finish of X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE.

Hugh Jackman's futuristic final time around as everyone's favorite ferocious mutant has also passed $500 million worldwide.

Writer-director Jordan Peele's R-rated horror movie GET OUT was in fourth place with $13.2 million, bringing the low-budget thriller's domestic total to $133 million after a month in theaters. Religious melodrama THE SHACK followed in fifth with $6.1 million for a domestic total of $42.6 million, and THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE was in sixth with $4.7 million.

The new horror movie THE BELKO EXPERIMENT opened in seventh place with $4 million. The grim R-rated office nightmare scenario from writer-producer James Gunn only cost a reported $5 million (and launched on less than one-third the screens as BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), and received a 47% critical average on Rotten Tomatoes. The JoBlo review can be found HERE.

After that, HIDDEN FIGURES remains the only Oscar contender on the list in eighth place with $1.5 million, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 loaded another $1.2 million for a worldwide total of $158 million, and the teen drama BEFORE I FALL hung on at the bottom with $1 million.

Outside the chart, the romance with FIFTY SHADES DARKER is over and LA LA LAND finally danced away after spending more than three months in the Top 10.

In limited release, director Danny Boyle's R-rated sequel T2 TRAINSPOTTING opened with a per-screen average of $36k. The 20-years-later follow-up, which cost a reported $18 million, has already rounded up $33.3 million in release overseas.

Next weekend has A-listers in space learning hard lessons about LIFE, while TV shows transform into movies with POWER RANGERS and CHIPS.

What is your favorite Disney fairy tale movie? VOTE HERE!

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Beauty and the Beast $170 M
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2. Kong: Skull Island $28.8 M $110.1 M
3. Logan $17.5 M $184 M
4. Get Out $13.2 M $133.1 M
5. The Shack $6.1 M $42.6 M
6. The LEGO Batman Movie $4.7 M $167.4 M
7. The Belko Experiment $4 M
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8. Hidden Figures $1.5 M $165.5 M
9. John Wick: Chapter 2 $1.2 M $89.7 M
10. Before I Fall $1 M $11.2 M

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Source: JoBlo.com

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10:07AM on 03/20/2017
Wow, King Kong should kick the ***t out of Beast for gaining money faster than his movie.
Wow, King Kong should kick the ***t out of Beast for gaining money faster than his movie.
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2:49AM on 03/20/2017
This remake was awful. So PC. Luke Evans was the only best thing that came out of it. He stole every scene. Glad to see Logan and Kong holding up. It's been a busy month for the box office. Summer season came early this year.
This remake was awful. So PC. Luke Evans was the only best thing that came out of it. He stole every scene. Glad to see Logan and Kong holding up. It's been a busy month for the box office. Summer season came early this year.
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8:55AM on 03/20/2017
I think it will come earlier n earlier until the december releases are the start of the summer
I think it will come earlier n earlier until the december releases are the start of the summer
7:50PM on 03/19/2017
Can we PLEASE bring back the Box Office Prediction Contest??? It used to be so much fun,
Can we PLEASE bring back the Box Office Prediction Contest??? It used to be so much fun,
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9:05PM on 03/19/2017
If they wont do it... we shall do it. On saturdays artwork articles. How does it work? Take the power back!
If they wont do it... we shall do it. On saturdays artwork articles. How does it work? Take the power back!
9:35PM on 03/19/2017
I think it used to go on all summer, so every weekend you put in your predictions, then you get points for being right...then at the end of the summer, all the points are added up and a winner is declared...but that might be too complicated for us, so how bout we pick a weekly article and do it on there, pick the top 5 every weekend, you get a point for picking the right place )i.e 1st, 2nd,etc) and you also get a point for bring closest to the actual amount it grosses. If you are wrong about a
I think it used to go on all summer, so every weekend you put in your predictions, then you get points for being right...then at the end of the summer, all the points are added up and a winner is declared...but that might be too complicated for us, so how bout we pick a weekly article and do it on there, pick the top 5 every weekend, you get a point for picking the right place )i.e 1st, 2nd,etc) and you also get a point for bring closest to the actual amount it grosses. If you are wrong about a place that a movie comes in, you can still get a point for picking the closer gross estimate....get it?
12:40AM on 03/20/2017
Ok thats good ground rules. How do we pick the article? I suggested the artwork articles. Thats on a saturday so i suppose someone can peak at the box office numbers? Or do they not get released until sunday? Im wondering where the Soloist stands on this. He is the only name i see every day. Soloist! Show yourself!
Ok thats good ground rules. How do we pick the article? I suggested the artwork articles. Thats on a saturday so i suppose someone can peak at the box office numbers? Or do they not get released until sunday? Im wondering where the Soloist stands on this. He is the only name i see every day. Soloist! Show yourself!
12:50AM on 03/20/2017
Picks would have to be in by thursday night at the latest, because thursday night numbers are released by friday morning. I suggest we do them on review articles, their pretty frequent.
Picks would have to be in by thursday night at the latest, because thursday night numbers are released by friday morning. I suggest we do them on review articles, their pretty frequent.
8:55AM on 03/20/2017
Ok lets give it a whirl!!
Ok lets give it a whirl!!
9:39AM on 03/20/2017
K cool, we'll post our picks when the Power Rangers review comes out
K cool, we'll post our picks when the Power Rangers review comes out
5:42PM on 03/19/2017

Perhaps go support The Belko Experiment

The Soloist is correct. The Belko Experiment is worth seeing.

I would hope that more people support The Belko Experiment. Gunn's movies carries-on The Purge series good work, but it does so in an even more effective and poignant way. We Americans will probably never become completely like the people in The Purge or The Belko Experiment. But, we do perhaps need wake-up calls, which any era's horror movies often provide. We do need to possibly examine any current division, selfishness,
The Soloist is correct. The Belko Experiment is worth seeing.

I would hope that more people support The Belko Experiment. Gunn's movies carries-on The Purge series good work, but it does so in an even more effective and poignant way. We Americans will probably never become completely like the people in The Purge or The Belko Experiment. But, we do perhaps need wake-up calls, which any era's horror movies often provide. We do need to possibly examine any current division, selfishness, inhumanity, and violence so that current speculative cinema never becomes a present reality.

The Belko Experiment examines existing corporate life through extreme examples. For example, SPOILERS, we do have lay-offs in real life at our real jobs, and those lay-offs do involve deciding who to keep and "let go". In the movie, the characters must decide which thirty die and, therefore, lose not just their livelihoods but their actual lives. Similarly, we do compete "mercilessly" with one another much like the characters trying to kill one another to save their own necks. To a less literal degree, we are trapped like the Belko employees are trapped. END SPOIL.

The Belko Experiment is intelligent allegory. Not every plot development is realistic and smart. However, the plot is clever enough. And, a viewer will ponder and discuss the movie for long afterward. I am certainly still processing the film after viewing it yesterday.
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9:34AM on 03/20/2017
The purge sucked
The purge sucked
9:34AM on 03/20/2017
The purge sucked
The purge sucked
4:20PM on 03/19/2017

Naysayers

Stop attacking Disney for giving people what they want. If you want new ip you're going to have to create it because the well is dry.
Stop attacking Disney for giving people what they want. If you want new ip you're going to have to create it because the well is dry.
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4:38PM on 03/19/2017
I'm sorry... What Disney fan actually WANTED this? They gladly took it when offered, but they never asked for it
I'm sorry... What Disney fan actually WANTED this? They gladly took it when offered, but they never asked for it
6:56PM on 03/19/2017
People just like to complain. I've seen some saying they didn't like the movie because it is an exact copy of the 1991 classical one(with some changes). But when a studio decides to make a reboot/remake and change the plot/characters etc, people start again complaining about the fact the studio didn't keep the original plot/characters/ etc.

People just like to complain. I've seen some saying they didn't like the movie because it is an exact copy of the 1991 classical one(with some changes). But when a studio decides to make a reboot/remake and change the plot/characters etc, people start again complaining about the fact the studio didn't keep the original plot/characters/ etc.

7:31PM on 03/19/2017
Well, on Rotten Tomatoes 98% of people said they wanted to see it and it sold out thousands of showings across the country in pre-sales. I'd say that shows that people pretty clearly were excited for it, and now it's received an "A" cinemascore, so most people are happy with it. Hence, the OP is right, Disney is just giving people what they want which is kind of how business works.
Well, on Rotten Tomatoes 98% of people said they wanted to see it and it sold out thousands of showings across the country in pre-sales. I'd say that shows that people pretty clearly were excited for it, and now it's received an "A" cinemascore, so most people are happy with it. Hence, the OP is right, Disney is just giving people what they want which is kind of how business works.
8:24PM on 03/19/2017
@Jekkie24601, look at the box office. it's clear that no one was excited to see this. but in all seriousness, there was a ton of people excited about this movie. saying that no one wanted this is absurd.
@Jekkie24601, look at the box office. it's clear that no one was excited to see this. but in all seriousness, there was a ton of people excited about this movie. saying that no one wanted this is absurd.
9:37PM on 03/19/2017
Man, Beauty and the Beast to girls is like Batman to guys (not the Zack Snyder version)
Man, Beauty and the Beast to girls is like Batman to guys (not the Zack Snyder version)
3:16PM on 03/19/2017
Unfortunately this is going to further encourage Disney to just be lazy and remake everything.
Unfortunately this is going to further encourage Disney to just be lazy and remake everything.
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7:33PM on 03/19/2017
If their remakes are good then who cares? I haven't seen this one, but Jungle Book and Cinderella were both hands down better than the originals. I'd rather get great remakes then mediocre original films like what a lot of animation studios give us.
If their remakes are good then who cares? I haven't seen this one, but Jungle Book and Cinderella were both hands down better than the originals. I'd rather get great remakes then mediocre original films like what a lot of animation studios give us.
10:23PM on 03/19/2017
Both of those movies were indeed better then their originals. This one is a remake of the only Animated film to be nominated for Best Picture. Not best animated Picture. Best Picture.
Both of those movies were indeed better then their originals. This one is a remake of the only Animated film to be nominated for Best Picture. Not best animated Picture. Best Picture.
5:44AM on 03/20/2017
Jekkie24601 that is not true, other animated movies have been nominated for best picture, I think both Toy Story 3 and Up were.
Jekkie24601 that is not true, other animated movies have been nominated for best picture, I think both Toy Story 3 and Up were.
2:29PM on 03/19/2017
Of course the Disney machine will never be stopped, but the 67% and 6.1 on IMDB it had two days ago is much more accurate than the 7.8 (the original Oscar nominated classic holds an 8.0 on IMDb.)
Of course the Disney machine will never be stopped, but the 67% and 6.1 on IMDB it had two days ago is much more accurate than the 7.8 (the original Oscar nominated classic holds an 8.0 on IMDb.)
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4:19PM on 03/19/2017
I haven't seen it yet, but I'm confused: how is the rating on IMDb before it was viewed by the general public more accurate then the one after more people have seen it. Usually, the rating before release is based on bias either for or against. It's when the movie gets an audience that more ratings come in based on people who saw the film. I just don't think IMDb is ever the best representation of the quality of a movie, so your metric of accuracy is mainly just your opinion on the film.
I haven't seen it yet, but I'm confused: how is the rating on IMDb before it was viewed by the general public more accurate then the one after more people have seen it. Usually, the rating before release is based on bias either for or against. It's when the movie gets an audience that more ratings come in based on people who saw the film. I just don't think IMDb is ever the best representation of the quality of a movie, so your metric of accuracy is mainly just your opinion on the film.
4:37PM on 03/19/2017
There were many screenings including one at my theater held Tuesday before it opened Thursday. That's when the ratings and reviews started coming in. Furthermore if you read the imdb user reviews they clearly all saw the movie and formed well thought out opinions on it. There are however die hard fans that will create multiple accounts and bump a film score up by giving it 10/10 just as much as there are trolls who'll give it a 1/10. It's very much a 5 or 6 out of 10 movie with an extra point
There were many screenings including one at my theater held Tuesday before it opened Thursday. That's when the ratings and reviews started coming in. Furthermore if you read the imdb user reviews they clearly all saw the movie and formed well thought out opinions on it. There are however die hard fans that will create multiple accounts and bump a film score up by giving it 10/10 just as much as there are trolls who'll give it a 1/10. It's very much a 5 or 6 out of 10 movie with an extra point being taken away for being a remake of a 9/10
6:50PM on 03/19/2017
As of this moment, the IMDB rating has reached 7.9/10 and I don't see it dropping so it will stay close to the original (which is the accurate thing). The movie had it's issues but it is a "beast" generally.
As of this moment, the IMDB rating has reached 7.9/10 and I don't see it dropping so it will stay close to the original (which is the accurate thing). The movie had it's issues but it is a "beast" generally.
1:50PM on 03/19/2017
The Belko Experiment was great.
The Belko Experiment was great.
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