Beauty and the Beast Breaks Box Office Records
Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast has broken US box office records with an opening weekend of $174 million. Starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, the highly anticipated adaptation topped the previous record holder for a March opening which was set by last year's Batman v Superman ($166 million).
The rest of the world has also fallen under the spell of Beauty and the Beast with more than $180 million in takings. Grossing more than $350 in its first weekend surely guarantees Beauty and the Beast will be dancing its way into the billion dollar club. Until then, Bill Condon's lavish production will have to make do with having the biggest opening weekend of 2017, so far.
New releases were thin on the ground with the James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) penned horror The Belko Experiment being the only other wide release. Claiming seventh place with just over $4 million, The Belko Experiment has almost recouped its modest $5 million budget. While we're on the subject of modestly budgeted movies, Get Out continues to scare up more business and added $13 million to its tally. The Jordan Peele directed thriller has now grossed more than $133 million in the US over the last four weeks.
Kong: Skull Island enjoyed a solid second weekend of $28 million; the 70s set monster movie has now roared its way to a global haul of more than $260 million. There's still a considerable way to go before classing Skull Island as a bonafide blockbuster; it's holding up better than some box office analysts predicted.
Logan continues its incredible run and has now crossed the $500 million mark worldwide. Hugh Jackman's farewell to Wolverine is expected to surpass X-Men: Apocalypse's total ($543 million) by the end of next week.