Saturday Update: Disney will again reign atop the box office this weekend — as expected — as Beauty and the Beast tacked on a huge $23.557 million yesterday, bringing its eight-day domestic total to $252.2 million. It currently stands 71 percent ahead of The Jungle Book at the same point in release. We’re projecting a sophomore frame gross around $86 million. If that projection holds, Beauty will claim the fourth highest second weekend take of all-time behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, and Marvel’s The Avengers — topping Avengers: Age of Ultron ($77.75 million) to do so.
Lionsgate reports that Saban’s Power Rangers totaled a solid $14.96 million opening day on Friday, including Thursday evening’s $3.6 million start. Initial word of mouth is very positive among the target audience (“A” CinemaScore, “A+” from 30 percent of the audience which was under 18 years old, and an 82 percent Flixster score) as the studio hopes to be launching a new (or, rather, rebooted) franchise this weekend. They’re projecting a weekend take in the low $40 million range, although we’re a bit more conservative at $39 million based on the film’s Thursday night share of Friday’s gross (24 percent versus 19.7 percent for last year’s third Divergent film, Allegiant).
Meanwhile, Life debuted to $4.4 million yesterday as it heads toward what Sony projects will be an opening weekend around $13.2 million. Warner Bros.’ CHiPS opened to $2.6 million and should ring up around $7 million in its first weekend. Both new releases come in slightly below final pre-release expectations.
Our key weekend projections are listed below. Studio weekend estimates will be published on Sunday.
|1||Beauty and the Beast||$86,000,000||-51%||4,210||0||$20,428||$314,605,887||2||Disney|
|3||Kong: Skull Island||$14,000,000||-50%||3,666||-180||$3,819||$133,077,238||3||Warner Bros.|
|4||Life (2017)||$13,200,000||—||3,146||—||$4,196||$13,200,000||1||Sony / Columbia|
|8||The Shack||$4,000,000||-33%||2,330||-495||$1,717||$49,287,044||4||Lionsgate / Summit|
|9||The LEGO Batman Movie||$1,900,000||-59%||1,638||-1097||$1,160||$170,771,252||7||Warner Bros.|
|10||The Belko Experiment||$1,800,000||-56%||1,341||0||$1,342||$7,570,565||2||BH Tilt|
|2||John Wick: Chapter 2||$500,000||-58%||403||-662||$1,241||$90,894,007||7||Lionsgate / Summit|
|3||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||$490,000||-3%||267||88||$1,835||$531,357,499||15||Disney|
|6||The Sense Of An Ending||$305,000||-37%||235||-47||$1,298||$1,059,224||3||CBS Films|
|7||A Dog’s Purpose||$220,000||-54%||299||-295||$736||$63,359,230||9||Universal|
|8||La La Land||$215,000||-60%||212||-373||$1,014||$150,248,687||16||Lionsgate / Summit|
|10||A United Kingdom||$185,000||-39%||159||-98||$1,164||$3,519,172||7||Fox Searchlight|
|3||Badrinath Ki Dulhania||$145,000||-65%||93||-63||$1,559||$1,893,558||3||FIP|
Friday Report: Lionsgate and Saban’s Power Rangers took in a hearty $3.6 million from Thursday night opening shows at 2,700 locations, per the distributor. That comes in 53 percent ahead of the $2.35 million earned by The Divergent Series: Allegiant last March, as well as 80 percent ahead of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows‘ $2.0 million last June.
Life scored $800,000 last night from 2,627 locations with shows starting at 7pm. By comparison, Arrival posted $1.45 million in its Thursday start back in November.
CHiPS pulled $500,000 last night, coming a bit shy of Keanu‘s $560,000 Thursday night launch last spring.
Meanwhile, Beauty and the Beast remains expected to easily stay on top of the weekend box office during its sophomore frame. We’ll have the studios’ Friday estimates and our initial projections on Saturday.