BO Report: ‘Ghost in the Shell’, ‘Lego Batman’ fail to tame ‘Beauty & the Beast’

03 April, 2017 by Jackie Keast

'Ghost in the Shell' (courtesy Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures).


Beauty and The Beast has maintained its stronghold on the box office, with the live-action reboot earning $7.7 million over its second weekend. The Disney title now sits on $26.2 million. 

Beast’s nearest competitor was Paramount’s Scarlett Johansson sci-fi Ghost in the Shell, which opened on $2.4 million, closely followed by Warner Bros’ The Lego Batman Movie, which bowed on $2.3 million.

Fox/DreamWorks title The Boss Baby fell 28 per cent to bring in just under $2 million; it’s made $7.7 million after two weeks. Despite coming in fourth, the animation’s screen average of $6,964 was more than both Ghost in the Shell and The Lego Batman Movie, which were $5,727 and $5,019 respectively.  

Daniel Espinosa’s Life dropped 48 per cent over its second weekend to take $797,971. The Sony sci-fi now sits on $2.9 million. 

Roadshow’s Power Rangers also dropped 48 per cent to take $707,441, with the reboot of the 90s superhero series now having grossed $2.4 million in two weeks.

Fox’s Logan took $556,861 after five weeks in release, bringing its total to $22.3 million. Four weeks in, Warner Bros’ Kong: Skull Island took $523,257 over the weekend and is now on $12.3 million.

Sony’s Smurf’s: The Lost Village, with a voice cast that includes Demi Levato, Joe Manganiello and Mandy Patinkin, debuted on $518,203. 

Rounding out the top ten was Fox's Hidden Figures, which has a cume of $16.6 million after seven weeks on screens.

Both Lion and Jasper Jones remain in the top 20, with Transmission's Lion now on $29.2 million after 11 weeks, and Madman's Jasper Jones on $2.4 million after four. 

Aussie doco Zach’s Ceremony, distributed via Umbrella, opened this week on $10,966 from just five screens. Fellow homegrown doco, Label’s The Family, has made $125,456 after six weeks in release.