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Kong: Skull Island Becomes King Of The Box Office, Dethrones Logan 

comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of March 12, 2017, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.

This weekend saw Kong: Skull Island sprint out of the gates with a solid $61 million opening. This defied certain projections, which saw the film taking the cake in the $40-$50 million range. Our very own Edward Douglas, however, was much closer to the mark in his own projection of $58.3 million (though his initial projection was even closer, at $61.6 million). Given how much lower projections were, this is quite the auspicious start for the film, but it’s important to note that it’s still a far cry under Godzilla’s own $93 million opening, and that film was made for $20 million less, and it went on to only net a profit of around $52 million.

In short, Kong’s done pretty well, but it’s still too early to call it a success. It’ll need some major staying power over the coming weeks, and considering the coming weekends are pretty packed, it’ll be a hard road. Additionally, Kong: Skull Island has a CinemaScore of a B+, which sounds good on paper, but it’s still the same score as films like Batman v Superman, which suffered massive drops in their second weekend.

Logan hit its second weekend with $37.85 million, dropping 57.2 percent from its opening weekend. It’s not a bad performance, but considering how well received the film was by critics and fans, it is a bit surprising. Some were estimating it could have done as well as $48 million. That being said, make no mistake, it’s still doing damn well.

Get Out is the biggest surprise here, dropping only 25.4 percent, and sticking around in the top three. Clearly director Jordan Peele has struck a nerve here. We’ll be interested to see how much this $4.5 million film grosses by the end of its theatrical run.

Now let’s take a look at the foreign box office.

comScore’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “Warner Bros.’ Kong: Skull Island roared into theaters with an impressive $81.6 million this weekend on 20,400 screens in 65 international territories. Combined with a number one North American debut of $61 million this beauty of a beast earned a chest-pounding $142.6 million worldwide.”

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, March 12, arebelow.

  • Kong: Skull Island – Warner Bros. – $61.0M
  • Logan – 20th Century Fox – $37.9M
  • Get Out – Universal – $21.1M
  • Shack, The – Lionsgate – $10.1M
  • Lego Batman Movie, The – Warner Bros – $7.8M
  • Before I Fall – Open Road – $3.1M
  • Hidden Figures – 20th Century Fox – $2.8M
  • John Wick: Chapter Two – Lionsgate – $2.7M
  • MET Opera: La Traviata (2017) – Fathom Events – $1.8M
  • La La Land – Lionsgate – $1.8M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, March 12, are below.

  • Kong: Skull Island – Warner Bros. – $142.6M
  • Logan – 20th Century Fox – $107.8M
  • Dog’s Purpose, A – Multiple – $23.5M
  • Get Out – Universal – $21.1M
  • Lego Batman Movie, The – Warner Bros – $13M
  • Badrinath Ki Dulhania – Multiple – $10.4M
  • Shack, The – Lionsgate – $10.1M
  • La La Land – Lionsgate – $8.6M
  • Hidden Figures – 20th Century Fox – $7.9M
  • Moana – Disney – $7.4M

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SOURCE: comScore, Box Office Mojo

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