In the age of streaming, prestige television and general apathy to the cinema experience, what was it that lured moviegoers out in their thousands to see the EIGHTH film in a franchise that launched with a $40m opening weekend in Summer 2001?
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast remake, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, was unsurprisingly a phenomenal success this weekend, earning the biggest-ever March opening and the largest debut for a PG release.
Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island had an impressive opening this weekend, taking $61m in the US and a further $81.6m overseas.
While not quite the phenomenal arrival that Deadpool witnessed in 2016, 20th Century Fox’s Logan had the biggest ever R-rated March opening this weekend with an $85.3m domestic total.
It was a very merry Christmas weekend for one space-set blockbuster, and a not so happy opening for another. Disney/LucasFilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story crossed $500m global total after 12 days of release, adding $96.1m domestically over the four-day weekend.
Disney/LucasFilm’s Star Wars spin-off Rogue One opened in first place in every global market this weekend, and achieved the second-largest domestic December opening ever, behind only The Force Awakens.
Disney Animation’s Moana met expectations over the five-day weekend, earning $81.1m: the second-biggest Thanksgiving debut ever, behind the same studio’s Frozen ($93.6m).