Beauty and the Beast Sets Box Office On Fire
By John Hamann
March 19, 2017
Logan is third, and like all X-Men films, it is struggling a bit in the legs department despite the awesome reviews. Logan earned another $17.5 million this weekend and has a weekend-to-weekend drop of 54%. That tally brings Logan's domestic score up to $184 million, and its overseas total has surpassed $340 million already. So, this $97 million effort from Fox is going to be all green for the studios involved. I think it's really great that Jackman leaves the series with a critical and financial hit.
Get Out takes its step down to fourth, and even it feels it in the legs department this weekend. The Universal/Blumhouse release picked up another $13.2 million in weekend three and fell 36% from the previous frame. The total now for the micro-budgeted $4.5 million film has hit $133.1 million, and it is just getting started overseas.
The Shack is fifth, and held okay versus the blockbusters, proving how niche a film like this is. The Shack earned another $6.1 million in its third weekend and dropped 39%. The faith-based release from Lionsgate now has a total of $42.6 million.
The LEGO Batman Movie is sixth, and after a long time flying solo, it finally gets some direct competition. The Warner Bros. release earned another $4.7 million in its sixth weekend and fell 38% compared to last weekend. The domestic tally for the $80 million film has hit $167.4 million, and with an overseas tally that has surpassed $120 million, the studio and LEGO have their second consecutive money winner before the film leaves theaters, and will be ready for another happy run on VOD.
We have our other opener in seventh. The Belko Experiment is a film that cost only $5 million to make, but it failed to reach that figure over opening weekend. This BH Tilt release could only find $4.1 million over its opening frame, from a very small theatre count of 1,341. Reviews were decent for the subject matter at 41%, but there wasn't enough studio backing to push this through the clutter. A Cinemascore wasn't released, but this is from Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn, who has been involved in some cult hits like Slither and Super, this may find some value for the studio on VOD.
Eighth is Hidden Figures, which is wrapping up after an amazing run. This weekend it earned another $1.5 million and dropped 46%, but the battle was won long ago. The domestic total has now reached $165.6 million, and the overseas tally is approaching $50 million, all against a Fox budget of only $25 million.
Ninth is John Wick 2. The Keanu Reeves flick added another $1.2 million and fell 55%. The domestic total for the actioner has hit $89.8 million, and it has cleared the $65 million mark overseas. Tenth is Before I Fall, the very quiet teen movie with Zoey Deutch. Before I Fall earned $1 million and fell 66%. The Open Road release has now earned $11.3 million.
Overall, the box office had some major power. The top 12 films managed an out-of-this-world $249.5 million, not only thanks to Beauty, but the Beasts as well (Kong, Logan, Get Out). During the same weekend last year, the top 12 only managed $118 million. Next weekend, we are back to flinging titles at the wall and seeing what sticks. Openers include Power Rangers from Lionsgate, who found $105 million to throw away, CHiPs, with Dax Shepherd and Michael Pena, Slamma Jamma, a sports drama from a studio called River Rain, and finally, Life, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, in a film that looks like a cross between Alien and The Thing. These films will have to contend with what will likely a be a returning film that makes $90 million plus.
||Beauty And the Beast
||Kong: Skull Island
||The LEGO Batman Movie
||The Belko Experiment
||John Wick: Chapter 2
||Before I Fall
||Open Road Films
||La La Land
||Song To Song
||Broad Green Pictures
||Music Box Films
||Badrinath Ki Dulhania
||The Sense of an Ending
||The Last Word
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations