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.

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