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Cinemas have best ever March haul

Published:Tuesday | March 28, 2017 | 3:00 AM
A devoted father searches for answers following the murder of his daughter in 'The Shack'.
Boyd Holbrook (left) and Hugh Jackman in 'Logan'.
Five extraordinary teens bn 'Power Rangers'.
Batman learns to lighten up in 'The LEGO Batman Movie'.
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LOS ANGELES (AP)

Despite some flops the March 2017 box office, which crossed US$1 billion last weekend, has become the biggest March of all time. Not all reboots are created equal.

It was a weekend of remakes, Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast continued enchanting audiences in its second weekend in cinemas, easily topping the charts with US$88.3 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

On the low end, Warner Bros.' raunchy, R-rated CHIPS debuted in seventh place with US$7.6 million.

In the middle was Lionsgate's Power Rangers, which earned a solid US$40.5 million to grab the number two spot. The PG-13 take on the campy 1990s television show tells the origin story of the Power Rangers with a diverse teenage cast of relative newcomers.

Also this weekend, the sci-fi thriller Life failed to connect with audiences, debuting in fourth place with US$12.6 million behind holdover Kong: Skull Island with US$14.4 million.

The R-rated space film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds as astronauts who discover that the alien life form they have brought on board might be dangerous.

With a $58-million price tag, Sony and Skydance's Life has a long journey to profitability.

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

1. Beauty and the Beast, US$88.3m (US$119.2m international)

2. Power Rangers, US$40m (US$18.7m international)

3. Kong: Skull Island, US$14.4 (US$93m international)

4. Life, US$12.6m (US$16.1m international)

5. Logan, US$10.1m (US$12.1m international)

6. Get Out, US$8.7m (US$2.2m international)

7. CHIPS, US$7.6m (US$1.9m international)

8. The Shack, US$3.8m

9. The Lego Batman Movie, US$2m (US$1.2m international)

10. The Belko Experiment, US$1.8m