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Weekend Box Office: March 24 - 26, 2017

The Beauty and the Beast remake slipped a typical 50% from last weekend, but between its massive opening last week and a lack of any impressive competition, it held the top spot.

The newest entry into the Power Rangers franchise launched to moderate success, banking $40 million against a $100 million budget. That's not the kind of debut that screams 'unquestionable successful franchise reboot', so it's likely down to foreign box office interest to make things happen. Limtited international release to date means it may be a few weeks before the franchise's future can be predicted.

Sci-fi thriller Life opened in fourth place with just $12 million. That's roughly half what the more cerebral Arrival pulled down on its debut weekend last year. With limited interest internationally and a $58 million production, budget to overcome, Life isn't likely to spawn the next big franchise either.

In the 70s and 80s CHiPs was a pretty cool TV show (well, cool by late 70s standards). Good looking men and women riding around sunny California on motorcycles, saving lives and fighting crime. The new film incarnation still has all those things, but somehow managed to end up a complete crap fest that critics hated and audiences ignored. It debuted at number seven with just $7 million.

Logan narrowly passed the $200 million mark, making it the first Wolverine solo movie to do so. It's on track to become one of the top three highest domestic grossing X-Men franchise movies, and perhaps the top earner if it can best X-Men: The Last Stand's $234 million total. It would be an extra nice finish to see one of the best X-Men movies outstrip one of the worst.

The Beauty and the Beast remake added $88 million this weekend. That sent it soaring past the $300 million mark, further securing its place as the highest grossing movie of 2017, at least until summer rolls around when Marvel will prove yet again that these days the only thing more successful than a remake is a remake with plot lines adjusted just enough to warrant calling it a sequel.

For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:

Weekend Box Office: March 24 - 26, 2017
1. Beauty and the Beast (2017) $88,347,000 Total: $316,952,887
LW: 1
THTRS: 4,210
2. Power Rangers * $40,500,000 Total: $40,500,000
THTRS: 3,693
3. Kong: Skull Island $14,425,000 Total: $133,502,238
LW: 2
THTRS: 3,666
4. Life * $12,600,000 Total: $12,600,000
THTRS: 3,146
5. Logan $10,145,000 Total: $201,455,596
LW: 3
THTRS: 3,163
6. Get Out $8,681,010 Total: $147,499,045
LW: 4
THTRS: 2,474
7. CHiPs * $7,600,000 Total: $7,600,000
THTRS: 2,464
8. The Shack $3,785,000 Total: $49,072,044
LW: 5
THTRS: 2,330
9. The LEGO Batman Movie $1,970,000 Total: $170,841,252
LW: 6
THTRS: 1,638
10. The Belko Experiment $1,807,025 Total: $7,577,590
LW: 7
THTRS: 1,341

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