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Weekend Box Office Report: March 24-26, 2017

03.26.2017

More big bucks for Beauty and the Beast!

Disney's live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was still the Belle of the box office ball this weekend, holding onto the top spot with an estimated $88.3 million!

The fairy tale has an enormous ten-day domestic total of $316.9 million, making it the highest-grossing musical in domestic history (GREASE is in second with $188 million -- although that's in 1978 dollars).

Add in $373 million more from international audiences for a worldwide total of $690 million, and the Emma Watson/Dan Stevens romance is already the biggest release of 2017 here, there and everywhere.

Opening in second place was the new big-screen adaptation of Saban's POWER RANGERS with a mighty morphin $40.5 million. The latest version of the popular TV series cost a reported $100 million.

The multi-colored heroes also pulled in an additional $18.7 million overseas for a worldwide opening weekend of $59.2 million. Whether it will end up making enough to justify the plans for six sequels remains to be seen.

Critics (surely not the target audience) mostly shrugged at the PG-13 action clash of cool outfits, robot dinosaurs and Elizabeth Banks, giving the movie an average of 47% on Rotten Tomatoes. The JoBlo review can be found HERE.

KONG: SKULL ISLAND was in third place with $14.4 million for a domestic total of $133.5 million after three weeks. The legendary ape also opened big in China this weekend to boost the monster mash's global total to $392 million (on a reported cost of $185 million).

In fourth place was the new sci-fi thriller LIFE with an opening of $12.6 million. The R-rated release, featuring Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson in orbit with a lethal alien, cost a reported $58 million.

The movie was originally set to open on Memorial Day weekend (against the new PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN) but floated up to March in order to avoid ALIEN: COVENANT, which shifted to a May 19th release.

The space horror (written by DEADPOOL guys Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick) also made $16.1 million from international crowds for a worldwide opening weekend of $28.7 million. LIFE earned a 67% critical average on Rotten Tomatoes, and you can check out the JoBlo review HERE.

LOGAN was still sneering and slashing in fifth place with $10.1 million as the ornery mutant clawed past $200 million domestic after a month in theaters. With $565 million worldwide, Wolverine's R-rated farewell is now the third-biggest movie in the X-franchise as it has passed the $543 million global finish of X-MEN: APOCALYPSE.

The horror-thriller GET OUT refused to get out in sixth with another $8.6 million, bringing its domestic total to $147.4 million after five weekends on screens. Writer-director Jordan Peele's R-rated feature debut is now the highest-grossing domestic release for Blumhouse, with this year's SPLIT close behind with $137 million.

Opening in seventh place was the weekend's other new TV adaptation CHIPS with $7.6 million. The Dax Shepard/Michael Pena update of the 1970s highway patrol series cost a reported $25 million. Critics locked away the R-rated comedy with 20% on Rotten Tomatoes (the JoBlo review can be found HERE).

THE SHACK held up in eighth with $3.7 million for a domestic total $49 million after a month. THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE was in ninth with $1.9 million, followed by the R-rated horror movie THE BELKO EXPERIMENT with $1.8 million, down 56% from its opening last weekend.

Outside the chart, HIDDEN FIGURES went into hiding with JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO and BEFORE I FALL. In limited release, the Woody Harrelson comedy WILSON opened on 310 screens for a $330k weekend and Danny Boyle's sequel T2: TRAINSPOTTING added 54 screens for an additional $380k.

Next week finishes up the month with cyborg Scarlett Johansson kicking ass in the adaptation GHOST IN THE SHELL, while Alec Baldwin is in charge for the animated THE BOSS BABY, and limited releases include the Jessica Chastain drama THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Beauty and the Beast $88.3 M $316.9 M
2. Power Rangers $40.5 M
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3. Kong: Skull Island $14.4 M $133.5 M
4. Life $12.6 M
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5. Logan $10.1 M $201.4 M
6. Get Out $8.6 M $147.4 M
7. CHiPS $7.6 M
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8. The Shack $3.7 M $49 M
9. The LEGO Batman Movie $1.9 M $170.8 M
10. The Belko Experiment $1.8 M $7.5 M

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12:41PM on 03/27/2017

Life was not as bad as reported...Kong..was.. boring

JoBlo gave Life a 3 out of 10 last week. I finally saw at a double feature of Life and Kong yesterday. For one, Life has one of the gnarliest on screen deaths I've seen in awhile. I wasn't the biggest fan of the alien design, but I did like the sneaky and gross way it took out its victims. Life was pretty to look at and had an interesting ending. I give it a solid 7.
Kong sucked for me. I was so bored. Everyone looked too pretty and clean to be dumped on island drudging through swamps and
JoBlo gave Life a 3 out of 10 last week. I finally saw at a double feature of Life and Kong yesterday. For one, Life has one of the gnarliest on screen deaths I've seen in awhile. I wasn't the biggest fan of the alien design, but I did like the sneaky and gross way it took out its victims. Life was pretty to look at and had an interesting ending. I give it a solid 7.
Kong sucked for me. I was so bored. Everyone looked too pretty and clean to be dumped on island drudging through swamps and mud. It was way too predictable and I've already seen Kong take on two T-Rex's in Jackson's movie. So much of Kong was uninspired and bologna. I get that its a set up for future monster movies, but on its own, it was very by-the-numbers.
I'm interested in Ghost in the Shell. It looks beautiful so it will get my movie ticket. So far, only Life is worth a second viewing (for me) just so I can watch my friends cringe at the death scenes.
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3:39AM on 03/27/2017
I think I figured out why people who hate remakes still flock to Disney's: because they've always re-adapted their movies. Into rides, ice skating shows, stage shows, weekday cartoons, etc. This is just the next extension of that. Cinderella & (especially) Jungle Book actually improved on their originals. Problem here: the original B&B isn't dated & is better than those, so a remake couldn't possibly be as good.
I think I figured out why people who hate remakes still flock to Disney's: because they've always re-adapted their movies. Into rides, ice skating shows, stage shows, weekday cartoons, etc. This is just the next extension of that. Cinderella & (especially) Jungle Book actually improved on their originals. Problem here: the original B&B isn't dated & is better than those, so a remake couldn't possibly be as good.
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1:22AM on 03/27/2017
I saw Power rangers today and I actually enjoyed it. I'll probably catch hell for writing that, whatever. My money, my choice to see it, my opinion. Seeing Life tomorrow.
I saw Power rangers today and I actually enjoyed it. I'll probably catch hell for writing that, whatever. My money, my choice to see it, my opinion. Seeing Life tomorrow.
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2:45AM on 03/27/2017
I guess I haven't been paying too much attention. Is it really unpopular here among people who have actually SEEN it?
I guess I haven't been paying too much attention. Is it really unpopular here among people who have actually SEEN it?
11:14AM on 03/27/2017
Saw it and REALLY enjoyed it! Well worth the time!
Saw it and REALLY enjoyed it! Well worth the time!
11:36AM on 03/27/2017
Crazy Dud I was just going by all the posts from people saying its garbage just by looking at the trailer. Because we all know watching a trailer makes some people movie experts.
Crazy Dud I was just going by all the posts from people saying its garbage just by looking at the trailer. Because we all know watching a trailer makes some people movie experts.
12:48AM on 03/27/2017
People complaining about remakes and reboots, and yet they're flocking to see lazy uninspired pointless remake like Beauty and the Beast.
People complaining about remakes and reboots, and yet they're flocking to see lazy uninspired pointless remake like Beauty and the Beast.
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2:43AM on 03/27/2017
General audiences aren't really complaining about it. It is people like us who would bother visiting a site like this that have been complaining about it.
General audiences aren't really complaining about it. It is people like us who would bother visiting a site like this that have been complaining about it.
12:45PM on 03/27/2017
I consider it Lazy and uninspired as well. But, it wasn't made for me. So, who am I to crap all over it. I came out of a movie yesterday and saw a ton of Dads and Moms with their daughters all dressed up. That was super cute. You can tell the kids just loved it.
I consider it Lazy and uninspired as well. But, it wasn't made for me. So, who am I to crap all over it. I came out of a movie yesterday and saw a ton of Dads and Moms with their daughters all dressed up. That was super cute. You can tell the kids just loved it.
9:14PM on 03/26/2017
It's a shame no-ones seeing 'Life' (due to it's weak marketing). Scariest time I've had in a theater in years.
It's a shame no-ones seeing 'Life' (due to it's weak marketing). Scariest time I've had in a theater in years.
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11:27PM on 03/26/2017
Life was absolutely fantastic.
Life was absolutely fantastic.
2:41AM on 03/27/2017
Weak marketing? The marketing was inescapable! I saw at least 4 ads for it a day for the last month. Honestly, it was so over-advertised that I lost interest in it because it became so annoying!
Weak marketing? The marketing was inescapable! I saw at least 4 ads for it a day for the last month. Honestly, it was so over-advertised that I lost interest in it because it became so annoying!
11:18AM on 03/27/2017
Yeah I don't think the marketing for Life was weak. Most people I know, myself included, just saw it as a cheap imitation of Alien
Yeah I don't think the marketing for Life was weak. Most people I know, myself included, just saw it as a cheap imitation of Alien
12:47PM on 03/27/2017
I enjoyed myself. Jumped a couple times and really cringed at some of the grossness. Thumbs up.
I enjoyed myself. Jumped a couple times and really cringed at some of the grossness. Thumbs up.
9:00PM on 03/26/2017
I hope Power Rangers has legs so we can get sequels, Isrealite did a great job considering what we had to work with.
I hope Power Rangers has legs so we can get sequels, Isrealite did a great job considering what we had to work with.
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2:40AM on 03/27/2017
Not sure why you were downvoted for that, are there really that many people here in their 30s who are legitimately expecting it to be like it was "in the good old days"? If so, that is sad. I am in that age group, by the way. I have my issues, but I see the kids reacting to it very positively, which means it did it's job, just as it did it's job in the 90s. If those people go back and watch it now, without the nostalgia, they will realize how it was just designed to appeal to the kids of
Not sure why you were downvoted for that, are there really that many people here in their 30s who are legitimately expecting it to be like it was "in the good old days"? If so, that is sad. I am in that age group, by the way. I have my issues, but I see the kids reacting to it very positively, which means it did it's job, just as it did it's job in the 90s. If those people go back and watch it now, without the nostalgia, they will realize how it was just designed to appeal to the kids of that time and sell toys. Same deal here, except now they are trying to make the characters act like real human beings. If they were expecting something on MCU level, than they were being hilariously delusional!
8:54PM on 03/26/2017
Just saw Beauty and the Beast last night and what a disappointing ending. I don't want to spoil it but I got major gripes with the way it all went down. The rest of the movie I enjoyed even with the additional new scenes and what not but that ending kind of killed most of the movie for me.
Oh well, this is one of those where I can truly say the original, "cartoon" was better.
Just saw Beauty and the Beast last night and what a disappointing ending. I don't want to spoil it but I got major gripes with the way it all went down. The rest of the movie I enjoyed even with the additional new scenes and what not but that ending kind of killed most of the movie for me.
Oh well, this is one of those where I can truly say the original, "cartoon" was better.
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5:58PM on 03/26/2017
Disney really is incredibly lazy. I don't know how they let Zootopia slip by, they seem only concerned with milking existing properties.
Disney really is incredibly lazy. I don't know how they let Zootopia slip by, they seem only concerned with milking existing properties.
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2:35AM on 03/27/2017
Because most of the Disney properties have been new in the animated department (Disney itself, not Pixar). That laziness hasn't really reached their animated branch. Not yet, anyway.
Because most of the Disney properties have been new in the animated department (Disney itself, not Pixar). That laziness hasn't really reached their animated branch. Not yet, anyway.
5:25PM on 03/26/2017

Mixed

Positive for Blumhouse, negative for audiences telling Disney that laziness is okay.
Positive for Blumhouse, negative for audiences telling Disney that laziness is okay.
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4:53PM on 03/26/2017

Maybe this will finally be the one....

That convinces the studios that Dax Shepherd is as nowhere near as talented as he thinks he is. Hang this CHIPS debacle on him. He Wrote, Directed, and starred. oh well, he can assuage his ego with Kristen. LIFE , for being an ALIEN ripoff, wasn't half bad. And, contrary, to what the JOBLO reviewers said, I didn't have a problem with the ' TWIST' ending at all, even though it was telegraphed big time....Please, NO MORE DAX SHEPHERD!!
That convinces the studios that Dax Shepherd is as nowhere near as talented as he thinks he is. Hang this CHIPS debacle on him. He Wrote, Directed, and starred. oh well, he can assuage his ego with Kristen. LIFE , for being an ALIEN ripoff, wasn't half bad. And, contrary, to what the JOBLO reviewers said, I didn't have a problem with the ' TWIST' ending at all, even though it was telegraphed big time....Please, NO MORE DAX SHEPHERD!!
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3:40PM on 03/26/2017
MAN, Blumhouse is having a great year. Get Out and Split both made bank for them. They made over 400 million dollars on two movies that cost roughly 14 million together. That's insane. They still have seven movies coming out later this year, including Insidious 4. They're on fire right now. I'm so interested to see what they do next.
MAN, Blumhouse is having a great year. Get Out and Split both made bank for them. They made over 400 million dollars on two movies that cost roughly 14 million together. That's insane. They still have seven movies coming out later this year, including Insidious 4. They're on fire right now. I'm so interested to see what they do next.
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3:23PM on 03/26/2017
Life was solid; a fun, sci-fi thriller that was reminiscent of 'Alien'.
Life was solid; a fun, sci-fi thriller that was reminiscent of 'Alien'.
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11:27PM on 03/26/2017
Life was awesome!
Life was awesome!
3:05PM on 03/26/2017

Peh

I knew Beauty and the Beast would make bank, but I'm disappointed people are falling for such a lazy remake. Production aspects aside, it's entirely lackluster. Beast and Belle have no chemistry, Watson is simply a stilted actress and can't sing and the added material felt like padding. Oh, and the CGI was shockingly awful. I'm usually forgiving of CGI...but Beast and the various furniture characters looked horribly rendered a lot of the time. Power Rangers had more consistent CGI.
I knew Beauty and the Beast would make bank, but I'm disappointed people are falling for such a lazy remake. Production aspects aside, it's entirely lackluster. Beast and Belle have no chemistry, Watson is simply a stilted actress and can't sing and the added material felt like padding. Oh, and the CGI was shockingly awful. I'm usually forgiving of CGI...but Beast and the various furniture characters looked horribly rendered a lot of the time. Power Rangers had more consistent CGI.
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3:21PM on 03/26/2017
Agreed. But kids don't care if it's bad, just that it's shiny. And families buying tickets for a movie showing in 3D in more theatres than 2D...Disney has their latest and laziest hit
Agreed. But kids don't care if it's bad, just that it's shiny. And families buying tickets for a movie showing in 3D in more theatres than 2D...Disney has their latest and laziest hit
7:54PM on 03/26/2017
Beauty and the beast was terrible. That whole cast besides luke evans(surprised) was awful. Emma watson cant sing.
Beauty and the beast was terrible. That whole cast besides luke evans(surprised) was awful. Emma watson cant sing.
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