Weekend Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Set March Opening Record with $170M

March Opening Record

Walt Disney Pictures‘ live-action fairy tale Beauty and the Beast set the #1 March debut ever with $170 million, besting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s $ 166 million.

The female-fueled update of the classic 1991 animated musical, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the title roles, is the #1 PG-rated movie debut of all time, beating out previous champ Finding Dory‘s $135 million.

Internationally, the $160 million tentpole grossed an estimated $180 million, making it the biggest ever Disney live-action opening weekend of all-time. The Bill Condon-directed film received an A CinemaScore from audiences.

Dropping to second place with $28.8 million (down 53%), Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island took in another $38.5 million internationally for a global total of $259.2 million.

Hugh Jackman‘s last Wolverine movie Logan (20th Century Fox) also dropped a spot to third place with $17.5 million (down 54%) for a cume of $184 million. The film has earned over $500 million globally.

The horror hit Get Out (Universal & Blumhouse) nabbed the fourth spot with $13.2 million, and coming in fifth was Lionsgate’s faith-based drama The Shack, with $6.1 million.

Opening in seventh place, Blumhouse Tilt’s The Belko Experiment collected $4 million. Starring John Gallagher Jr., Melonie Diaz, John C. McGinley, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker, David Dastmalchian, Gail Bean, and Valentine Miele, it’ll likely pad out the bottom line on VOD. Directed by Greg McLean and written by James Gunn, the film cost $5 million to make.

1. Beauty and the Beast — $170 million
2. Kong: Skull Island — $28.8 million ($110.1 mil.)
3. Logan — $17.5 million ($184 mil.)
4. Get Out — $13.2 million ($133.1 mil.)
5. The Shack — $6.1 million ($42.6 mil.)
6. The Lego Batman Movie — $4.7 million ($167.4 mil.)
7. The Belko Experiment — $4 million
8. Hidden Figures — $1.5 million ($165.5 mil.)
9. John Wick: Chapter Two — $1.2 million ($89.7 mil.)
10. Before I Fall — $1 million ($11.2 mil.)

In limited release, Danny Boyle’s T2: Trainspotting (Sony Pictures) debuted in five locations where it earned $180,000.

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