Beauty Is A Beast At The Box Office With A Record March Opening!

– by Edward Douglas

comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of March 19, 2017, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.

The big news of the weekend, of course, was Disney's Beauty and the Beast, which set a brand-new March opening record with $170 million, surpassing the previous record set by Warner Bros' Batman v Superman just last year. Opening with $16.3 million in Thursday previews, it added up to a $63.8 million opening day, then dropped slightly on Saturday and more on Sunday. It averaged a whopping $40,380 per theater in 4,210 theaters nationwide including $12.5 million on 377 IMAX screens.

Besides beating Batman v Superman's $166 million opening, Beauty and the Beast also beat the $169 million opening for Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 2, the previous opening record for the film's star, Emma Watson. Depending on how things play out with actual numbers for Sunday, Beauty and the Beast could be anywhere between the sixth and eighth highest domestic opening for a movie ever.

Beauty and the Beast did equally well overseas, grossing $180 million in its first weekend internationally, making it the top movie for the weekend globally.

The box office prediction for Beauty and the Beast by  LRM's The Weekend Warrior ended up being about $20 million lower than where the movie ended up opening weekend, but it was arguably one of the more difficult movies to pin down with Disney and the trades coming in with much lower predictions. Between the massive ticket pre-sales and walk-up business, the movie was mostly sold out across the country, and it should remain #1 next weekend.



Dropping to second place with $28.8 million (down 53%), Warner Bros' Kong: Skull Island has racked up $110 million domestically in just ten days.

Hugh Jackman's last Wolverine movie Logan took third place with $17.5 million (down 54%) with its three week domestic total at $184 million.

Jordan Peele's suspense thriller Get Out continues to be a huge box office success, as it dropped a mere 36% in its third weekend adding $13.2 million to its $133 million take. The movie only cost $4 million to make, so it's another huge hit for Universal and Blumhouse Productions.

The only other major new release was James Gunn's The Belko Experiment, distributed by Blumhouse's distribution arm, BH Tilt, didn't make much of a mark, opening in seventh with just $4 million.

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, March 19, are below.

  • Beauty and the Beast - Disney - $170M
  • Kong: Skull Island - Warner Bros. - $28.8M
  • Logan - 20th Century Fox - $17.5M
  • Get Out - Universal - $13.2M
  • Shack, The - Lionsgate - $6.1M
  • Lego Batman Movie, The - Warner Bros - $4.7M
  • The Belko Experiment - BH Tilt - $4M
  • Hidden Figures - 20th Century Fox - $1.5M
  • John Wick: Chapter Two - Lionsgate - $1.2M
  • Before I Fall - Open Road - $1M      

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, March 19, are below.

  • Beauty and the Beast - Disney - $350M
  • Kong: Skull Island - Warner Bros. - $67.3M
  • Logan - 20th Century Fox - $49M
  • Get Out - Universal - $16.1M
  • Dog's Purpose, A - Multiple - $12.5M
  • Sing - Universal - $9.4M
  • Split - Universal - $7.3M
  • Lego Batman Movie, The - Warner Bros - $7.1M
  • Badrinath Ki Dulhania - Multiple - $10.4M
  • Shack, The - Lionsgate - $6.1M
  • La La Land - Lionsgate - $8.6M
  • Hidden Figures - 20th Century Fox - $5M

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SOURCE: comScore, Box Office Mojo

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