Box office: Three new wide releases make less, combined, than Beauty and the Beast does in its second week

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Three new wide releases failed to beat a Disney musical at the box office this week.

Power Rangers, a big-screen reboot of the 1990s superhero show, opened in second place with an estimated $40.5 million between Thursday and Sunday nights.

That was less than half of the $88.3 million that Beauty and the Beast made in the same timeframe. The live-action remake of the classic Disney cartoon, which had already scored the sixth-best opening weekend of all time last week, had the fourth-best second weekend of all time this week, which indicates that the film may have stronger “legs” than some other blockbusters of its size.

And with $317 million in North American grosses since opening last week, Beauty and the Beast is now one of only six films that have grossed $300 million in ten days or less (along with Star Wars 7, Jurassic 4, Avengers 1 + 2 and The Dark Knight).

Neither of the week’s other new wide releases did very well.

Life, a horror film about an alien lifeform that gets loose on the International Space Station, landed in fourth place with $12.6 million, while CHiPs, an R-rated comedy based on the 1970s TV series, landed in seventh place with only $7.6 million.

Meanwhile, The Shack landed in eighth place with $3.8 million in its fourth week.

The Shack had the fourth-best first and second weeks and the sixth-best third week of any “faith-based” film, and this week it had the seventh-best fourth weekend:

  • 2004 — The Passion of the Christ — $19.4 million
  • 2014 — Heaven Is for Real — $7.5 million
  • 2015 — War Room — $6.2 million
  • 2014 — God’s Not Dead — $5.5 million
  • 2006 — The Nativity Story — $5.0 million
  • 2016 — Miracles from Heaven — $4.7 million
  • 2017 — The Shack — $3.8 million
  • 2011 — Soul Surfer — $3.4 million
  • 2002 — Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie — $2.75 million
  • 2014 — Son of God — $2.72 million

The Shack has earned $49.1 million after twenty-four days, and it thus now ranks seventh among “faith-based” films in terms of total North American gross…

  • 2004 — The Passion of the Christ — $370.8 million
  • 2014 — Heaven Is for Real — $91.4 million
  • 2015 — War Room — $67.8 million
  • 2016 — Miracles from Heaven — $61.7 million
  • 2014 — God’s Not Dead — $60.8 million
  • 2014 — Son of God — $59.7 million
  • 2017 — The Shack — $49.1 million
  • 2011 — Soul Surfer — $43.9 million
  • 2006 — The Nativity Story — $37.6 million
  • 2016 — Risen — $36.9 million

…and sixth among Bible and/or Jesus films released in the past 40 years:

  • 2004 — The Passion of the Christ — $370.8 million
  • 1998 — The Prince of Egypt — $101.4 million
  • 2014 — Noah — $101.2 million
  • 2014 — Exodus: Gods and Kings — $65 million
  • 2014 — Son of God — $59.7 million
  • 2017 — The Shack — $49.1 million
  • 2009 — Year One — $43.3 million
  • 2006 — The Nativity Story — $37.6 million
  • 2016 — Risen — $36.9 million
  • 1981 — History of the World, Part I — $31.7 million
  • 2016 — Hail, Caesar! — $30.5 million
  • 2016 — Ben-Hur — $26.4 million
  • 2002 — Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie — $25.6 million
  • 1979 — Monty Python’s Life of Brian — $20 million
  • 1980 — Wholly Moses! — $14.2 million
  • 2006 — One Night with the King — $13.4 million
  • 1988 — The Last Temptation of Christ — $8.4 million
  • 2016 — The Young Messiah — $6.5 million
  • 1985 — King David — $5.1 million
  • 2003 — The Gospel of John — $4.1 million

Meanwhile, in other box-office news…

Kong: Skull Island earned $14.4 million and ranked third in its third week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $133.5 million. The film has earned another $258.6 million overseas, for a global total of $392.1 million.

Logan earned $10.1 million and ranked fifth in its fourth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $201.5 million. The film has earned another $364 million overseas, for a global total of $565.5 million.

Get Out earned $8.7 million and ranked sixth in its fifth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $147.5 million. The film has earned another $7 million overseas, for a global total of $154.5 million.

The Lego Batman Movie earned $1.97 million and ranked ninth in its seventh week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $170.8 million. The film has earned another $121.7 million overseas, for a global total of $292.5 million.

And The Belko Experiment earned $1.8 million and ranked tenth in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $7.6 million. The film does not appear to have been released overseas yet.

Next week brings us The Boss Baby, Ghost in the Shell and The Zookeeper’s Wife.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).