Cinemas have best ever March haul
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