'Beauty and the Beast' tops Friday box office

That's still more than Logan made for its first three days in theater, as well, as the Marvel hit brought in $85 million at the top of the month.

The Emma Watson-led ensemble pulled in $170 million at 4,210 theaters in North America and another $180 million in foreign receipts, giving "Beauty and the Beast" a whopping $350 million opening weekend total, according to.

If one were to take the original theatrical release of the animated film, as well as its subsequent releases in both 3D from 2012 and IMAX in 2002, the totals at the box office for the original film would be $425 million. On the low end, Warner Bros.' raunchy, R-rated "CHIPS" debuted in seventh place with $7.6 million.

The box office juggernaut has earned $317 million (£254.2 million) to date from North American cinemas.

The reboot of the 90s television show cost a reported $100 million (£80.1 million) to produce.

"March has become a rockstar of a month and in particular 2017 enjoyed a flawless storm of new hits and strong February releases that showed unbelievable staying power like "Get Out" and 'The Lego Batman Movie, ' " said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore. The film earned an A CinemaScore from customers and A+ from the 30% of moviegoers under 18. The price tag is $160 million.

Kong: Skull Island, starring Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson, came in third with $14.4 million in its third week on release. That's twice the blockbuster's $185 million budget.

The R-rated space film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds as astronauts who discover that the alien life form they have brought on board might be risky.

Warner Bros. rolled out action-comedy "Chips", starring Dax Shepard and Michael Pena, amid muted expectations. It should comfortably have passed $600 million when the dust settles on the weekend and will presumably go on to become the first billion dollar movie of the year (some analysts have predicted it could go as high as $1.5 billion).

  • Salvatore Jensen