‘Beauty and the Beast’ has a record breaking opening weekend

The live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast has been highly anticipated and it delivered another record-setting weekend for Disney.

The film brought in $170 million, the largest March opening weekend ever beating 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice total of $166 million. The film is also the record holder for the largest opening for a PG-rated movie, beating the $135 million set by last year’s Finding Dory reports Box Office Mojo.

Kong: Skull Island took a 53 percent drop during its second weekend and brought in $28.8 million to raise its total domestic gross to $110.1 million. Logan continues its successful run and finished in third place with $17.5 million and has now passed $180 million domestically.

Get Out remains in the top five after 24 days and brought in $13.2 million raising its total domestic gross to $133.1 million. The Shack rounds out the top five with $6.1 million and has passed $40 million domestically.

The Belko Experiment was the other new wide release and it performed around what was projected. The horror thriller brought in $4 million and came in seventh place.

The Lego Batman Movie is closing in on $170 million domestically after 38 days while Hidden Figures passes $165 million domestically after 85 days.

Beauty and the Beast will have some competition next weekend with three wide releases including the reboot of the popular Power Rangers franchise.

Weekend Gross by Distributor:

Disney: $170.9 million (n/a) 

Warner Bros.: $33.9 million (-36.3 percent)

20th Century Fox: $19 million (-21.6 percent) 

Universal: $15.3 million (-11.3 percent)

Lionsgate: $7.3 million (-8.3 percent)

BH Tilt: $4 million (n/a)

Open Road: $1 million (-2.1 percent) 

Next week’s openings: CHiPS, Life, Power Rangers

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