'Beauty and the Beast' says 'bonjour' to new box office records


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast broke all sorts of records over the weekend, blowing past Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s $166 million to secure the largest March opening of all time. On top of that, Beauty and the Beast’s $170 million gives it the highest opening for a PG film (surpassing Finding Dory’s $135 million) and the largest IMAX opening ever, both global and domestic. Beauty and the Beast also squeaked past Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 to secure the seventh-highest opening weekend of all time. Of those top seven titles, six of them belong to Disney. (The outlier is Universal’s Jurassic World, which has the second-highest opening ever with $208.8 million.) Internationally, Beauty and the Beast brought in $180 million, bringing its worldwide cume to $350 million and counting.

Lagging far, far, far behind Beauty and the Beast is Warner Bros.’ Kong: Skull Island, which earned $28.8 million in its sophomore outing for a total domestic cume of $110.1 million. Logan drops one spot to number three in its third week. Its weekend gross of $17.5 million brings its total to $184 million, still the highest gross of any 2017 release so far. (Beauty and the Beast will pass that any day now.) Coming in at number four is Jordan Peele’s debut feature Get Out (weekend gross $13.2 million), which has so far earned just shy of $135 million on a scant $4.5 million budget. Rounding out the top five is faith-based drama The Shack (weekend gross $6.1 million), which with its total gross of $42.6 million is sitting just outside the list of top ten highest-grossing Christian films.

New wide release The Belko Experiment performed on-par with studio expectations, earning $4 million on 1,341 screens. Among limited releases, T2 Trainspotting earned $180,000 on five screens, bringing it just shy of Beauty and the Beast’s $40,380 per-theatre average; expansion is forthcoming over the coming weeks. Terence Malick’s latest, Song to Song, brought in $53,945 on four screens, while the François Ozon period drama Frantz caps off new releases with $18,500 in a pair of theatres.