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Beastly weekend at the movies

Published:Tuesday | March 14, 2017 | 3:00 AM
Dafne Keen in Hugh Jackman's arms in a scene from Logan.
Sonya Yoncheva as Violetta in Verdi's 'La Traviata'.
A devoted father searches for answers following the murder of his daughter in 'The Shack'
Ryan Gosling (right) and Emma Stone dance in 'La La Land'.
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LOS ANGELES (AP):

It was a battle of the beasts at the box office this weekend, and King Kong emerged as the definitive victor over Wolverine.

According to studio estimates on Sunday, Kong: Skull Island amassed US$61 million in its first weekend in cinemas, surpassing expectations and easily beating out Logan, which is now in its second weekend. Costing a reported US$185 million to produce, Kong: Skull Island still has work to be done, however, to reach profitability, and much of that will depend on international earnings.

Fox's Logan was down around 58 per cent from its first weekend and has earned US$152.7 million in total.

Following are the estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian cinemas, according to comScore.

1. Kong: Skull Island, US$61m (US$81.6m international)

2. Logan, US$37.9m (US$70m international)

3. Get Out, US$21.1m

4. The Shack, US$10.1m

5. The LEGO Batman Movie, US$7.8m (US$5.1m international)

6. Before I Fall, US$3.1m (US$265,000 international).

7. Hidden Figures, US$2.8m (US$5.1m international)

8. John Wick: Chapter 2, US$2.7m (US$2.5m international)

9. MET Opera: La Traviata, US$1.8m (US$1.8m international)

10. La La Land, US$1.8m (US$6.8m international)