Beauty and the Beast Kicked Power Rangers Butt At The Box Office

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"Beauty and the Beast", starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, declined just 49% from its opening weekend, which was the seventh-best ever.

This photo provided by Walt Disney Company Korea shows a scene from "Beauty and the Beast".

Rounding out the top five weekend movies were "Kong: Skull Island" with $28.9 million, "Logan" with $17.5 million, "Get Out" at $13.2 million, and "The Shack" at $6.1 million, according to THR.

And with enthusiasm for the Disney movie barely waning since its release earlier this month, industry experts have predicted "Beauty and the Beast" will have made as much as $1 billion within the next three to four weeks. At this point, it seems likely that we'll see Beauty and the Beast repeat its success into next weekend, as well.

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In the middle was Lionsgate's "Power Rangers", which earned a solid $40.5 million to grab the No. 2 spot. The WB movie opened to only $7.6 million.

Sony's sci-fi thriller "Life", starring Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhall and Rebecca Ferguson, followed in fifth with $16.1 million in 57 markets. It's performing at the lower end of expectations in third place, despite generating mostly positive reviews with a 67% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Its audience was 55% male and 57% over 25. Analyst had expected the movie to generate in the range of $130-$150 million in the opening weekend. The horror-comedy, Jordan Peele's directorial debut, has become enormously profitable, given its $4.5 million budget. The film, from Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. studio, is based on a 1970s TV series about California Highway Patrol officers.

"Kong: Skull Island" has now taken in $258.6 million internationally and $133.5 million in the U.S for an impressive worldwide total of $392 million.

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