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Baby Beats Beast. Ghost Underperforms. Rangers Drop a Lot.

It was a close one, but it looks like The Boss Baby has debuted as the top film at the box office this past weekend narrowly beating Beauty and the Beast. The animated film earned an estimated $49 million, an amount that is higher than pre-release industry estimates. The film scored an “A-” CinemaScore and those under the age of 18 gave it an “A+.” 53% of the audience was female and 67% was families.

Beauty and the Beast dropped to second in its third week adding an estimated $47.5 million to its total. Domestically the film has earned $395.5 million so far and $480.8 in foreign markets. The Worldwide total of $876.3 million is the 2017 top-grossing film worldwide so far. It leads by an impressive $300 million. It’s also the top-grossing domestic film as well.

In third place was Ghost in the Shell which earned $19 million. The $110 million budget film can only be considered a disappointment and I think few are surprised (though that’s well below expectations). Even without all of the controversy, this is a film that will do vastly better in foreign box offices than the domestic. Live action anime films have largely bombed in the domestic box office and as a whole, anime is still a niche market within the US. The film so far as earned $40.1 million in 50 foreign markets for a total of $59.1 million. The film received a “B” CinemaScore and it was largely male with 61%. The thing to look for is how the film does in Japan and China where I expect it will likely do well and make up for the US flop. A movie to compare it to is Warcraft. That film earned $24.2 million opening weekend and went on to earn $47.4 million domestically, $386.3 million in foreign box offices, for $433.7 million worldwide with a budget of $160 million. That’s 89.1% earnings in the foreign box office. Expect similar for Ghost in the Shell.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers dropped from second to fourth adding $14.5 million domestically. That’s a 64% drop since last week and the film sits at $97.8 million. There’s talk of a six movie arc so it’ll be interesting to see how week numbers may impact that. The film’s budget is $100 million and there’s still some markets for it to open up in. Expect it to be a further hard drop as the fans will front load the viewing.

Rounding out the top five is Kong: Skull Island which added $8.8 million to its domestic total which is $147.8 million. Worldwide the film has earned $477.3 million.

Focusing more on “comic” films….

Logan came in at #6 with an estimated $6.2 million domestically. The film is a definite hit with a budget of just $97 million it has earned $585.4 million worldwide. A solid return and further proof you can do superhero comic films for under $100 million that make money and bring in audiences.

The LEGO Batman Movie earned $800,000 domestically and came in at #12. Worldwide the film has earned $297.3 million but with a budget of $80 million, that’s not bad. It’s far below The LEGO Movie‘s $469.2 million worldwide.

Finally, Wilson added $115,000 in just 311 theaters (an increase of one from last week). The film has just opened domestically and earned $592,329 so far.

Come back in an hour where we’ll have more analysis of the 2016 comic films as we begin to shift and look at 2017.

Beauty and the Beast Rules the Box Office Again with Power Rangers in Second

Even with a 49.4% drop from last weekend, Beauty and the Beast was a monster at the weekend box office. The film came in second again earning an estimated $88.3 million. That’s the fourth largest second weekend of all-time. It’s the top film of 2017 already after two weeks by a sizeable amount.  Domestically, the film has earned $317 million which is about $116 more than the second place Logan. Worldwide the film has earned $690.3 million which is about $125 million more than the second-place Logan.

In second place for the weekend was Mighty Morphin Power Rangers which opened with an estimated $40.5 million. That’s on the higher end of expectations. The film earned an “A” CinemaScore and was 60% male and 50% over the age of 25. It’ll be interesting to see how it does in the long run, but expect it to top out a little over $100 million.

In third place was Kong: Skull Island which added $14.4 million to its domestic total in its third week. The film has earned $133.5 million domestically and $392.1 million worldwide so far.

In fourth was the new film Life which brought in $12.6 million. The film worldwide brought in $28.7 million and with a $58 million budget, that’s not a disaster. The film earned a “C+” CinemaScore which does not bode well for the long run.

Rounding out the top five was Logan which brought in an estimated $10.1 million to bring its domestic total to $201.5 million. Worldwide the film has earned $565.5 million and is currently second place in domestic and worldwide earnings for the year.

Also new this week was CHiPs which brought in $7.6 million. With a $25 million budget the film should earn that back domestically when it’s done.

The LEGO Batman Movie was in ninth with $1.97 million to bring its domestic total to $170.8 million and $292.5 million worldwide so far.

In comic related movie news, Wilson debuted in 310 theaters earning and estimated $330,000. We’ll have our review later in the day.

Come back in an hour when we’ll have more comic focused breakdown of earnings.

Unboxing: Loot Crate DX March “Primal”

Loot Crate DX is the next level of Loot Crate. Similar to the basic Loot Crate each box follows a theme each month but instead has over $100 value in every crate.

This month’s theme was “Primal” with items from Godzilla, King Kong, Predator, and DC Comics.

We open up to show off the box with some interesting items inside.

You can order the next Loot Crate DX now!

 

 

 

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Beauty and the Beast Has a Record-Setting Opening

Beauty and the Beast, the live-action version of the classic animated film, was a beast at the box office with an estimated $170 million weekend. That beats the previous March opening record holder of $166 million which was set by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice lst year. It’s the seventh largest opening weekend ever.

The film set an IMAX record with the largest opening in that format with an estimated $21 million.

Internationally, the film earned $180 million from 44 markets for $350 million globally. It was the number one film in every market except three.

The film should do well over the next few weeks as it scored an “A” Cinemascore. It was also dominated by women who made up 60% of the audience (72% opening night) and 52% were under the age of 25.

In second place was Kong: Skull Island which added an estimated $28.85 million. That’s a 53% drop from last weekend and brings it to $110 million domestically and $259.3 million worldwide.

Logan dropped to third place with an estimated $17.5 million. Domestically it’s about $185 million and the film also earned $31.5 million internationally. Worldwide it’s at $524.1 million and the #1 domestic and worldwide release of 2017. That probably won’t last long with a beast of a movie debuting this week.

In fourth place was Get Out which added $13.2 million to its domestic total to bring that to $133.1 million. With a budget of just $4.5 million, the film is already the big winner of 2017.

Rounding out the top five was The Shack which added $6.1 million to bring its domestic total to $42.6 million.

The Belko Experiment was the other big new film this week and it debuted at #7 with $4.1 million. With a $5 million budget, that’s not too bad and the film should be profitable down the road.

Doctor Strange looks to have dropped out of the top 48 films, but we’ll give it a few more weeks until we definitely say the film’s run is over.

This coming weekend sees the release of the new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers film, Life, as well as the movie adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel Wilson.

Come back in an hour where we’ll have a better look at the 2016 comic film releases.

Kong: Skull Island Delivers a King’s Opening While Logan Slips to Second

Kong: Skull Island was the king of the weekend box office bringing in an estimated $61 million to take first place. The $185 million budget film also earned $81.6 million in 65 territories. The film outperformed expectations and is set to do well in the coming weeks. The film received a “B+” CinemaScore and its audience was 56% male vs. 44% female, of which 18% were under the age of 18 and 52% were under the age of 35. Audience members under the age of 25 gave the film an “A” CinemaScore.

In second place was Logan which earned an estimated $37.9 million in its second week. The film has earned $152.7 million in two weeks. The film is the top earning film worldwide so far in 2017 passing Fifty Shades Darker this week. It also sits behind The LEGO Batman Movie, short by $7 million to become the top domestic earning film.

In third place was Get Out which added $21.1 million to its domestic total. The film might be one of the biggest earners of the year. The film has earned $111.1 million so far with a budget of just $4.5 million.

The Shack dropped to fourth place adding $10.1 million to its domestic total. In its two weeks it has earned $32.3 million.

Rounding out the top five is The LEGO Batman Movie which added $7.8 million to its domestic total. The film is the top domestic grossing film with $159 million and $275.5 million worldwide.

In more comic related movie news, Doctor Strange continues to bring in some dollars adding $17,000 to its total this weekend. Domestically the film has earned $232.6 million and $677.4 million worldwide.

We’ll be back in an hour to further dissect the 2016 comic film earnings.

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