Beauty and the Beast Dominates Weekend Box Office Yet Again

On the high end, Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" continued enchanting audiences in its second weekend in theaters, easily topping the charts with $88.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Meanwhile, another furry fighter, Fox's "Logan" - who was born on '70s Marvel Comics pages - had a $10.2 million North American weekend and has so far grossed $565 million worldwide. Overseas, the film likewise stayed atop the chart, grossing 119.2 million USA dollars for a foreign tally of 373.3 million US dollars and 690.3 million US dollars globally, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.'s "Power Rangers" took in $40.5 million in its debut, beating the $36 million forecast at BoxOfficePro.com. The PG-13 reboot of the campy television show cost a reported $100 million to produce. The film earned an A CinemaScore from customers and A+ from the 30% of moviegoers under 18. "Kong: Skull Island", the latest retelling of the King Kong story, was a distant third with $3.7 million, bringing its cumulative haul to $133 million.

Despite having big name actors and a strong marketing campaign attached to it, Sony's Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson earned only $12.6 million this weekend on its fairly large $58 million production budget. Back then, the box office was nearly evenly split between domestic ($202 million) and foreign ($222 million). The price tag is $160 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at USA and Canadian theaters, according to comScore.

Last year's March set a record with $948.8 million domestically, led by Disney's "Zootopia" ($255.9 million for the month) and Warner Bros.' "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" ($209.1 million).

  • Salvatore Jensen