'Beauty and the Beast' to beat out trio of new releases for a repeat at number one


Three new films hit theatres in wide release this weekend, but not a one of them will be able to topple the behemoth that is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The fairy tale adaptation is rocking a $461.9 million worldwide gross and counting and has a good shot at becoming 2017’s first billion-dollar film. For its second weekend, Beauty and the Beast is expected to drop to the $80 million neighborhood, easily passing presumptive second-place finisher Power Rangers. That film is expected to land somewhere in the $30-$40 million range, which would put it roughly in line with similar films The Maze Runner ($32.5 million) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows ($35.3 million).

Also new to theatres is original sci-fi outing Life, which boasts an A-list cast in the form of Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and more. Marketing has been heavy and reviews are mixed-verging-on-positive; if critical reception isn’t rapturous (63% approval on Rotten Tomatoes), it’s at least the best of any new film this week. Life is expected to earn in the high teens to low twenties, which would land it between Power Rangers and holdovers Kong: Skull Island and Logan. Trailing behind Power Rangers and Life among new wide releases will be CHIPS, an R-rated comedy that suffers from poor reviews and verging-on-nonexistent buzz. (Did anybody want a “CHiPS” movie?) It’s expected to land outside the top five with a $7-8 million opening gross.

Among the larger specialty releases, we have faith-based sports drama Slamma Jamma (approximately 500 theatres), Fox Searchlight’s Wilson (310 theatres) and the Bollywood rom-com Phillauri (74 theatres). Also new to theatres are Dig Two Graves, Prevenge, Bokeh and I Called Him Morgan.