U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 24 Mar – Sun 26 Mar, 2017

After two weeks of trade Beauty and the Beast (4,210 screens) is now the highest grossing musical of all time adding another $91m in ticket sales to bring the gross domestically to $319.1m. Even with a 48% drop on last weekend, the film has shot to #17 on Disney’s all time best performers and needs to pass $364m to become the highest grossing live-action remake in their canon (that is currently held by last year’s The Jungle Book). This will go near $500m domestically and should finish as the 4th highest grossing film of all time for the Mouse House.

Saban’s Power Rangers (3,693 screens) opens impressively with $41.6m on an $11,265 screen average. The $100m production certainly scored under the weight of Beauty and the Beast as the alternative for the boys. Critics slammed it with 46% rotten while audiences were much kinder awarding it with an A Cinemascore. That’ll pay dividends as word of mouth will keep this on screens for a few weeks yet and should help push the film to a $130m+ finish. What will be key here is how it stands up against Ghost in the Shell and The Boss Baby this weekend, that’ll determine whether this opening is the sentimental fangeeks of the series or new young audiences.

Kong: Skull Island (3,666 screens) slips 50% week on week for a $14m 3rd weekend haul. With $133m in the kitty domestically thus far and a $170m finish line in sight, it’s definitely no bomb for Warner Bros and the studio can now get to work on Kong v Godzilla.

Life (3,146 screens) bombs with $12.2m on a $3,878 screen average. Given the star power of Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal, this $58m production should’ve been in the $30m+ opening weekend range. With such a modest screen average, audiences just aren’t interested and, maybe, a lot of this genre oxygen has already been absorbed by Arrival and the upcoming Alien: Covenant. Critics were mixed, giving it a 66% fresh score while audiences were much more unforgiving with a C+ Cinemascore. $30m finish.

Logan (3,163 screens) nabs $10m for its 4th weekend, 44% off from last week. The film has now crossed $201.3m domestically as it eyes a $220m finish where it will become the 3rd highest grossing X-Men title in the canon. Go you good thing!

Get Out (2,474 screens) takes $8.9m for weekend 5 to bring the gross to $147.7m. Jason Blum (Blumhouse Productions) is having a banner year with the two highest grossing films of his career releasing in this frame – Get Out and Split ($137m).

CHiPs (2,464 screens) bombs on opening with $7.3m on a $2,963 screen average. With a 20% rotten critical score, the $25m budgeted film just couldn’t get the cut through to drive audiences in such a crowded market place. The Dax Shepard directed and starring vehicle will come in around the $12m mark.

In Cinemas Friday 31 March, 2017 – The Boss Baby, Ghost in the Shell, The Zookeeper’s Wife, The Devotion of Suspect X

1.) Beauty And The Beast (Disney), 4,210 theaters  / $23.6M Fri. (-63%) / 3-day: $91M (-48%) /Total: $319.1M/Wk 2

2.) Saban’s Power Rangers (LGF), 3,693 theaters  / $15m Fri. (includes $3.6M in previews) / 3-day: $41.6M/ Wk 1

3.) Kong: Skull Island (20th/Leg), 3,666 theaters (-180)  / $3.68M Fri. (-50%) / 3-day: $14M (-50%)/Total: $133.1M/Wk 3

4.) Life (Skydance/Sony), 3,146 theaters  / $4.3M Fri. (includes $800K in previews) / 3-day: $12.2M/ Wk 1

5.) Logan (Fox), 3,163 theaters  (-524)/ $2.66M Fri. (-42%) / 3-day: $10M (-44%)/Total: $201.3M/Wk 4

6.) Get Out (UNI), 2,474 theaters (-505) / $2.5M Fri. (-34%) / 3-day: $8.9M (-34%)/Total: $147.7M/Wk 5

7.) CHIPS (WB), 2,464 theaters  / $2.6M Fri. (includes $500K in previews) / 3-day: $7.3M/ Wk 1

8.) The Shack (LG), 2,330 theaters (-495) / $1M Fri. (-35%) / 3-day: $3.9M (-36%) /Total: $49.1M/Wk 4

9.) The Belko Experiment (BHT/ORN), 1,341 theaters  / $553K Fri. (-64%) / 3-day: $1.8M (-55%)/Total: $7.6M/Wk 2

10). The LEGO Batman Movie (WB), 1,638 theaters (-1,097) / $448K Fri. (-63%) / 3-day: $1.7M (-63%) / Total: $170.6M/Wk 7

11.) Katamarayudu (CGX), 250 theaters  / $671k Fri. / 3-day: $1.69M/ Wk 1

NOTABLES:

T2 Trainspotting (Sony/Tri-Star), 59 theaters  (+54) / $128 Fri. (+100%)/PTA: $5,8k/ 3-day: $404k (138%)/Total: $637k/Wk 2

Personal Shopper (IFC), 107 theaters (+66)  / $59K Fri  (+65%)/ 3-day: $225K (+47%)/Total: $554K/ Wk 3

Song To Song (BG), 80 theaters (+76)  / $40K Fri. (+127%)/3-day: $129k (+158%)/ Total:$201K/Wk 2

Raw (FOC), 27 theaters (+18)  / $22K Fri  (+59%)/ 3-day: $72K (+50%)/Total: $185K/ Wk 3