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Box Office Results: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ dances to a $170M debut

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Disney’s new live-adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” hit the theaters this weekend, taking down “Kong: Skull Island” and pushing “Logan” further down the domestic-charts. While most of the top studio’s chose not to compete with the Disney tale, “The Belko Experiment” and “T2: Trainspotting” took a gamble and opened against the film in a limited capacity.

“Beauty and the Beast” beat its already high expectations this weekend, debuting with a $170M weekend. The film opened to 4,210 locations this week, easily taking the top-spot on the domestic charts. “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” was directed by Bill Condon, working off a screenplay written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. The film stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci.

The Warner Bros. Pictures’ hit “Kong: Skull Island” dropped to number-two this weekend, bringing in $28.8M while remaining in 3,846 locations. This brings the film’s two-week total to just over $110M domestically. “Kong: Skull Island” was directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the screenplay was written by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein. The film stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson.

“Logan,” from FOX, earned $17.5M over the weekend. The film remained in 3,687 locations this week, and has grossed over $184M in just three-weeks. “Logan” was directed by James Mangold, working from a screenplay written by Scott Frank. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Dafne Keen.

Universal Pictures’ popular thriller “Get Out” remained in fourth-place, grossing $13M across 2,979 locations. This brings the film’s four-week total to $133M domestically. “Get Out” was written and directed by Jordan Peele, the film stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams and Bradley Whitford.

Now in its third-week, “The Shack” from Lionsgate earned $6M across 2,825 locations. This was enough to take fifth-place overall, and the film has now grossed over $42M domestically. “The Shack” was directed by Stuart Hazeldine, the screenplay was written by John Fusco and Andrew Lanham. The film stars Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer and Tim McGraw.

“The Belko Experiment” failed to hit the top-five this weekend, only grossing $4M across 1,341 locations. “The Belko Experiment” was directed by Greg McLean, the script was written by James Gunn. The film stars John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn and Adria Arjona.

“T2: Trainspotting” grossed $180K across the film’s five-locations this weekend. “T2: Trainspotting” was directed by Danny Boyle, the film stars Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle.

“Song to Song” opened in four locations this weekend, grossing just 53K overall. “Song to Song” was written and directed by Terrence Malick, the film stars Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender.

“Beauty and the Beast” will have a lot more competition next weekend, as three new choices are expected to hit theaters. The largest family-film opening next week is the “Power Rangers” reboot, and moviegoers can choose between the sci-fi thriller “Life,” or the comedy “CHiPs”. The film “Slamma Jamma” and Woody Harrelson’s comedy “Wilson” will also be making their debut, but in limited locations.

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