BO Report: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ dominates a weekend of new releases

27 March, 2017 by Jackie Keast

‘Beauty and the Beast’. 

New releases dominated the box office last weekend, but the standout was easily Disney’s Beauty and The Beast.


The live-action remake of the 1991 animation all but crushed its competition, taking $13.1 million. The Emma Watson-starrer earned a whopping $18,619 average from 706 screens. With previews, it has taken $14.9 million overall.

 In second place was The Boss Baby, debuting on $2.7 million from 259 screens; a $10,592 average. With previews, the Fox/Dreamworks title – which sees Alec Baldwin voice a baby executive – has made $5.3 million.

Sony’s sci-fi horror Life debuted in third on $1.5 million, while Roadshow’s Power Rangers opened just behind on $1.3 million. However, Power Rangers had the better screen average – $5,811 to Life’s $5,078.

Last week’s number one, Kong: Skull Island, was pushed down to fifth position with takings of $1.1 million – a fall of 65 per cent. The Warner Bros. title has grossed $11.4 million over three weeks.

Close behind was Fox’s Logan, which earned just under $1.1 million. Now in its fourth week of release, it has a cume of $21.4 million.

Now in its sixth week, fellow Fox title Hidden Figures took $410,429 to bring its total to $16.2 million.

eOne’s Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience: Peppa’s Australian Holiday, in its second week of release, took $307,655. The children’s film has made $1.7 million so far.

 Aussie films round out the top 10: Transmission’s Lion, now in its tenth week, took $169,765 to bring its cume to just under $29 million, while Madman’s Jasper Jones made $122,153 for a total of $2.3 million after four weeks.