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‘Beauty and the Beast’ dazzles again at box office

/ 04:03 PM March 28, 2017
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“Beauty and the Beast” 2017 movie poster via AFP Relaxnews

Disney’s blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast” dazzled the North American box office for a second straight week, raking in $90.4 million over the weekend, according to industry data released on Monday.

The film’s cumulative North American take of $319 million is the best ever for a March release, according to industry experts, helping propel domestic box offices for March past $1 billion, the most ever for the month.

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The movie, starring Emma Watson of Harry Potter fame as Belle, and Dan Stevens from the “Downton Abbey” series as the Beast, has shown drawing power usually more typical of a superhero blockbuster than of a PG-rated family fare.

But the latest superhero film, Lionsgate’s rebooted “Power Rangers”, had a strong opening weekend with $40.3 million in sales, coming in second in North America and defying critics, who had called it a needless addition to a market saturated by comic book characters.

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In an excoriating review in Britain’s Daily Telegraph, critic Robbie Collin said the movie’s climax appeared to have been “shot by the Hunchback of Notre Dame and edited by a monkey wearing oven gloves.”

Lionsgate may wish to keep that monkey on staff—the film is already well on its way to recovering the $105 million cost of the film.

“Rangers” features Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Becky G and Ludi Lin as high schoolers who use their superpowers to battle the nefarious Rita Repulsa, played by Elizabeth Banks.

Coming in third in weekend revenues was Warner Brothers’ “Kong: Skull Island” with a $14.7 million take in its third week. The film, starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and Brie Larson, tells the story of a group of explorers on a mysterious island that proves to be the frightening domain of the mighty ape.

In fourth spot was the Sony film “Life” with an opening-weekend take of $12.5 million. The movie, which has received mostly positive reviews, features Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson as astronauts on the International Space Station facing a menacing otherworldly life form.

In fifth was “Logan,” earning $10.3 million in its fourth week out. The Fox production stars Hugh Jackman, in what is said to be his last appearance as the Wolverine character, helping a young girl, played by Dafne Keen, who has claws of her own.

Rounding out the top 10 are:

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“Get Out” ($8.8 million)

“Chips” ($7.7 million)

“The Shack” ($3.8 million)

“The Lego Batman Movie” ($2.1 million)

“The Belko Experiment” ($1.9 million)

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