Overseas audiences are in love with Belle too as the mega-hit captured a stunning $119.2M this weekend to boost the international sum to $373.3M led by China’s $73.4M. That puts the worldwide total at a spectacular $690.3M in under two weeks of play on its way to the billion dollar club for sure.
The big-budget reboot of Power Rangers landed in second place with a strong opening weekend of $40.5M from 3,693 locations delivering a muscular $10,967 average. The long-lasting brand allowed moviegoers of a wide age group to take interest and come out for a big-screen adventure filled with special effects that were beyond what the old TV series featured.
Not surprisingly, reviews for the PG-13 actioner were not very good but Power Rangers sold itself more on the brand plus nostalgia. Ticket buyers polled by CinemaScore gave an A grade. The red hot March box office has now generated $40M+ openings over four consecutive weekends which means an awful lot of people have been seeing trailers for this summer’s upcoming menu of blockbuster offerings.
Taking third place in its third weekend was another expensive summer-like tentpole, Kong: Skull Island, which grossed an estimated $14.4M. Down 48%, the Warner Bros. film has amassed $133.5M domestic. With a massive $72.1M opening weekend in China, the monster movie grabbed another $93M overseas this weekend pushing the international cume to $258.6M and the global haul to $392.1M.
The sci-fi thriller Life opened in fourth place with an estimated $12.6M from 3,146 locations for a respectable $4,005 average. The R-rated space pic attracted mixed reviews from film critics and only a C+ grade from CinemaScore. Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds star in the Sony release.
Breaking through the double century mark was Fox’s Logan which grossed an estimated $10.1M, down 43%, for a new cume of $201.5M with global now up to $565.5M. The smash thriller Get Out just kept on posting good holds with a 35% decline in the fifth weekend to an estimated $8.7M lifting Universal’s total to an incredible $147.5M.
From TV series to flop movie, CHiPs debuted poorly in seventh place with an estimated $7.6M from 2,464 locations for a mild $3,084 average. The R-rated comedy from Warner Bros. earned bad reviews and was adapted from a brand that was not very exciting to begin with. Competition was fierce too and the marketplace had little need for this entry right now.
Off only 37% in its fourth weekend, the drama The Shack followed with an estimated $3.8M giving Lionsgate a solid $49.1M to date. The LEGO Batman Movie tumbled 57% to an estimated $2M putting Warner Bros. at $170.8M. Horror pic The Belko Experiment rounded out the top ten with an estimated $1.8M, off 56%, and a total of $7.6M for Orion and BH Tilt.
The top ten films grossed an estimated $189.9M which was down 22% from last year when Batman v Superman opened at number one over the Easter holiday weekend with a March record $166M; but up 36% from 2015 when Home debuted in the top spot with $52.1M.