Beauty and the Beast had the best opening weekend ever for the month of March, crushing the previous record set a year ago by Batman v Superman.
Beauty and the Beast opened with a massive $174.8 million, beating the previous $166 million March record set by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. That also ranks 6th among the biggest debuts of all time and is a new high for Emma Watson, topping Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 million). Outside of Star Wars and their Marvel movies, Beauty and the Beast is now Disney’s best live-action start. Even more, it took only 4 days for Beauty and the Beast ($188.3 million) to overtake Logan ($186 million) and become the year’s highest grossing film yet in the US.
From here the musical should easily top $400 million domestically and likely stop somewhere between $500 million and $600 million. Most years that would probably be enough to secure the top spot in the US for the rest of the year, but not 2017, not with Star Wars: The Last Jedi this December. I guess 2nd place overall will have to do for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Or maybe something else comes along to push it further down (somewhat unlikely).
Kong: Skull Island dropped to 2nd with $27.8 million after losing 54.4%. That’s a good second weekend drop considering the competition and especially that box office monster sitting on top. For reference the 2014 Godzilla fell a lot harder, -66.8% (albeit after a much bigger opening). 11 days in Kong: Skull Island sits at $111.4 million, still headed for at least $150 million or so domestically. I would say that’s good enough for Kong, but its $185 million price tag makes me rethink that statement. Of course Warner Bros. will continue to move forward with their Godzilla and Kong plans, but maybe they’ll rethink future budgets.
Logan is now in 3rd with $17.8 million, off by 53.3%. I was expecting less than 50% this weekend, but I guess Beauty and the Beast is to blame. Even so Logan ($186 million) is still slowly gaining ground on X-Men: Days of Future Past ($191.3 million in 18 days), now just $5.3 million behind through the same point compared to $9.7 million a week ago. At this rate Logan could definitely reach $240 million and become the 2nd most successful X-Men movie in the US.
Get Out only lost 35.2% in 4th, bringing in another $13.4 million. It only took Beauty and the Beast opening to massive numbers for Get Out to have its biggest drop yet. Up to this point the Jordan Peele written/directed horror showed exceptional box office legs, taking in $134.6 million after a $33.4 million start less than a month ago. I thought $150-160 million would be it for Get Out, I’m not so sure now. So let’s move it up to $180 million, a more likely scenario at this point.
The Shack rounds out the top 5 with $6 million. That’s $43.1 million in 18 days for the faith-based drama as its moving closer to a final domestic total of about $55 million.
The Belko Experiment opened in 7th with just $4.1 million. Based on that number I think $10 million is the ceiling for this little thriller in the US.