‘Kong: Skull Island’ topples ‘Logan’ from the number one spot


It’s been a good March at the box office so far, with two consecutive weekends benefiting from overperforming new releases. Last weekend, the big winner was Logan, opening to $88.4 million. (So far, it’s earned $152.6 million domestically, bringing it within $6.3 million of the highest-grossing 2017 release, The LEGO Batman Movie.) This weekend, it’s Kong: Skull Island on top with $61 million. That’s not a huge number—it’s substantially less than the $93.1 million Godzilla opened to in 2014, for example. But in international markets things are moving along for Kong quite swimmingly, with an $81.6 million debut in 65 markets.

The arrival of Kong onto the scene pushed Jordan Peele’s Get Out down to spot number three in its third weekend. The film’s $21 million weekend gross pushes its domestic total to $111 million, making it the fastest Blumhouse Productions title to cross the $100 million mark.

Falling a modest 37.9% in its second weekend was faith-based drama The Shack, which came in at number four with $10 million (total gross $32.2 million). Rounding out the top five was The LEGO Batman Movie, with a fifth-weekend haul of $7.8 million (total gross $159 million).

Out in limited release were the Bollywood romantic comedy Badrinath Ki Dulhania ($850,000 on 152 screens), The Ottoman Lieutenant ($173,450 on 216 screens), Personal Shopper ($92,516 on four screens, for the weekend’s largest per-theatre average), The Sense of an Ending ($42,000 on four screens), Raw ($25,230 on two screens) and The Dark Below ($1,477 on one screen).