Walt Disney’s live action version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST performed like a lion in its second weekend, dropping only 49% for an impressive $88.3 million gross. Whatever doubt anyone had about the possibilities of a live action version of the ’90s classic are certainly long gone. Expect more live action revamps of animated classics from the House of Mouse in the years to come.
Lionsgate’s reboot of POWER RANGERS performed better than expected, returning a solid $40.5 million for a second place finish. The total suggests that this latest installment should perform noticeably better than its predecessors.
Hanging in at third is KONG: SKULL ISLAND with $14.4 million. That was enough to beat Sony’s new science fiction drama LIFE, which under-performed with a weak $12.6 million. The film’s relatively modest cost ($58 million) prevents this from being an out-and-out bomb, but the studio cannot be happy with these numbers.
LOGAN and GET OUT continued to hold strong, with the former now past $200 million and the latter close to $150 million.
The week’s other new wide release, Warner Brothers’ raunchy comic reincarnation of the ’70s TV show CHiPS, failed utterly, with only $7.6 million. The $25 million budget will minimize the damage, but any hope that this would repeat the success of the 21 JUMP STREET films disappeared early Friday afternoon.
THE SHACK, THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, and THE BELKO EXPERIMENT rounded out the Top 10.
Next weekend’s wide releases are Paramount’s GHOST IN THE SHELL and Fox’s animated feature THE BOSS BABY. The former drew controversy for its casting of Scarlet Johansson as the lead in what was originally a Japanese anime feature. Some fans and industry members feel that the role should have gone to an Asian performer, but reportedly Japanese fans are fine with the casting and feel that Johansson is a perfect choice. Whatever the case, the ailing Paramount is in need of another hit and would certainly like to see this spawn a new franchise.
Data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.