Nostalgia for the original is apparently still strong as Beauty and the Beast shattered expectations at the box office with $170 million for it’s opening weekend, by far the largest March opening ever and the seventh highest opening of all time. It also had the highest ever regular and IMAX PG opening of all time. It’s also easily the highest opening for Disney’s recent trend of remaking their animated classics, $70 million more than last year’s Jungle Book. The movie also made $182 million internationally, bringing it’s grand total to over $352 million. The original 1991 classic made, adjusted for inflation, $302 million total for it’s domestic run.
Kong: Skull Island dropped to second with another $28 million, bringing it to over $110 million for it’s two weeks out. It’s about $38 million off from where Godzilla 2014 was at the same time frame but still bodes pretty well for the Monster universe.
Logan dropped to third with $17.5 million, putting it over $184 million for it’s three weeks out. It’s currently the fifth highest grossing X-Men movie behind X2.
Get Out and The Shack rounded out the top 5.
The Belko Experiment opened in seventh place with $4 million, which was about on par with what Blumhouse expected from the movie.
Further down the charts, Rogue One had a strange surge back up, going from 25th to 14th over the weekend, despite the fact that it will be on Blu-Ray in a few weeks, making $503,000 in 179 theaters.