**Blogger’s Note (03/23): I am revising my CHiPs estimate down to $8.4 million based on lowered expectations and putrid reviews. That puts it in sixth place.
The moneymaking month of March rolls along at the box office as three new titles hit the marketplace. They are: reboot of 90s cartoon and movie series Power Rangers, Jake Gyllenhaal/Ryan Reynolds led outer space thriller Life, and CHiPs, a comedy based on the 70s/80s TV series. You can peruse my detailed prediction posts on them here:
I see Rangers having the most power of the newbies and it should land in second with Life coming in third. As for CHiPs, I see it edging out Kong: Skull Island in its third weekend for the four spot.
One thing seems certain: Beauty and the Beast should continue its monstrous run and dominate the charts once again after its record-setting debut (more on that below). I have Belle and company losing a bit over half its massive premiere audience.
And with that, a top 5 predictions for the weekend:
1. Beauty and the Beast
Predicted Gross: $82.5 million (representing a drop of 52%)
2. Power Rangers
Predicted Gross: $33.8 million
Predicted Gross: $19.1 million
4. Kong: Skull Island
Predicted Gross: $12.6 million (representing a drop of 55%)
Predicted Gross: $9 million (representing a drop of 49%)
Predicted Gross: $8.4 million
Box Office Results (March 17-19)
Beauty and the Beast set the all-time March opening weekend record and the sixth biggest debut of all time with $174.7 million, surpassing my $158.8M prediction. The Disney live-action rendering of their 1991 classic also scored an A Cinemascore grade and looks to dominate the box office easily next weekend before Ghost in the Shell could potentially give it a run for its money in its third frame.
Kong: Skull Island dropped to second with $27.8 million, in range with my $25.6M estimate. The ape tale has amassed $109M in ten days of release.
Logan was third in weekend #3 with $17.8 million. My guess? $17.8M! Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine has garnered $184M thus far.
Get Out was fourth with $13.4 million (I said $14.5M) to bring its terrific tally to $133M.
The Shack rounded out the top five with $6 million (I went with $6.3M) for a $42M total.
Finally, The Belko Experiment landed in seventh place with an OK $4.1 million, slightly ahead of my $3.2M projection.
And that does it for now, folks! Until next time…