Disney's second weekend of blockbuster "Beauty and the Beast" is dominating moviegoing in North America with $88.3 million at 4,210 locations - capping the best March ever.
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.'s "Power Rangers" took in $40.5 million in its debut, beating the $36 million forecast at BoxOfficePro.com. It should comfortably have passed $600 million when the dust settles on the weekend and will presumably go on to become the first billion dollar movie of the year (some analysts have predicted it could go as high as $1.5 billion).
While Disney had earlier forecasted the movie to garner $120 million in the opening weekend but raised the estimates to as much as $150 million on Mar 17. The film set a record for a March opening last weekend with its $174.8 million domestic tally.
Add that total to Fox's two Power Rangers films from the '90s, and the franchise has grossed $132.2 million domestically when adjusting for inflation, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. Warner Bros.' action-comedy "Chips" opened with a disappointing $7.6 million at 2,464 sites.
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Rounding out the top five weekend movies were "Kong: Skull Island" with $28.9 million, "Logan" with $17.5 million, "Get Out" at $13.2 million, and "The Shack" at $6.1 million, according to THR. The sc-fi thriller has grossed $28 million worldwide.
Sony-Skydance's "Life" stars Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, and Jake Gyllenhaal as International Space Station astronauts threatened by an extraterrestrial life form.
Meanwhile, thanks to the cinematic gifts of writer-director-star Dax Shepard - who gives new meaning to the term "triple threat" - the feature-film incarnation of the 1970s and '80s TV series "CHiPS" did not fare so well.