Beauty and the Beast needed just two weeks in theaters to move past $750 million worldwide. Meanwhile Kong: Skull Island hit $400 million thanks to a big start in China.
Beauty and the Beast made $120.6 million this past weekend from over 50 markets. Including Wednesday numbers the musical is up to $409.3 million internationally with China ($78.3 million) on top followed by the UK ($54.3 million), Brazil ($26.3 million), South Korea ($24.8 million) and Mexico ($24.7 million). With those sort of numbers Beauty and the Beast is maybe a week away from becoming the all-time top grossing live-action musical internationally, which currently belongs to Mamma Mia! with $465.7 million. After that Beauty and the Beast will probably stop somewhere around $600 million.
Worldwide the film is sitting at $751.2 million and a final total north of $1 billion is now guaranteed. If Beauty and the Beast can go the extra mile, and by that I mean get really close to $1.3 billion, then it would be able to overtake Frozen ($1.276 billion), the current leader in the musical category. It’s pretty unlikely but not impossible.
Kong: Skull Island raised $93 million in 2nd, $71.7 million of that coming from a very strong debut in China. Going into the weekend Kong: Skull Island has reached $288.2 million internationally and $426.1 million worldwide. At this rate Kong could very well finish higher than Godzilla ($529.1 million) in 2014, good news considering the former cost $25 million more.
Power Rangers is not really setting the world on fire in 3rd with just $18.7 million from 62 markets. Good news is Power Rangers has yet to open in France, Italy, Spain, South Korea, China and Japan. For now the film has $67.4 million worldwide. Anything above $250-300 million would probably make Lionsgate seriously consider moving forward with a Power Rangers sequel.
Boss Baby opened early in 5 markets, bringing in a bigger than expected $17.6 million. Russia was the animation’s top territory with $11.2 million.
Life rounds out the top 5 with $16.1 million from 56 markets. Not a great start for the sci-fi, which is looking at just $31.8 million worldwide after one weekend. The budget here was $58 million, so Life would need upwards of $140-150 million break even.
Logan didn’t quite make the top 5, but it’s still worth taking a look at. The R-rated superhero flick is now up to $364.2 million internationally and $569 million worldwide. So Logan made more money than the much more expensive X-Men: Apocalypse ($543.9 million), and it’s not done yet. When all will be said and done Logan will have over $600 million worldwide, behind only X-Men: Days of Future Past ($747.9 million) and Deadpool ($783.1 million) in the X-Men cinematic universe.
In other box office news Sing passed $600 million worldwide. This is Illumination Entertainment’s 4th consecutive release to reach such heights.