Three major-releases hit the box-office charts this weekend, offering some variety before the regular summer blockbusters hit theaters. Moviegoers could choose between the “Power Rangers” reboot; the film adaptation of “CHIPs;” or the space-thriller “Life”. Select theaters also started screening “Wilson” and “Slamma Jamma,” but only in select locations. All of these new options had to battle the return of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” which is still breaking March records for Disney. Next weekend will be a little more family friendly, with the animated-comedy “The Boss Baby” opening nationwide against “Ghost in the Shell”. The drama “The Zookeeper’s Wife” will also debut next weekend, but only in select theaters.
The new releases weren’t enough to topple “Beauty and the Beast” this week, which brought-in another $88M over the weekend. The film remained at number-one on the domestic charts for the second-week in a row, but will have more family-orientated competition next weekend. The live-action adaptation remained in 4,210 location over this week, and has grossed over $316M domestically in just two-weeks. “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 “Power Rangers,” from Lionsgate, ” debuted at number-two this weekend. The reboot grossed over $40M across 3,693 locations. “Power Rangers” was directed by Dean Israelite, working off a screenplay written by John Gatins and Matt Sazama. The reboot stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G. and Ludi Lin. Also featured in the film are Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader.
The Warner Bros. Pictures hit “Kong: Skull Island” dropped one-slot to number-three this weekend, grossing $14M while remaining in 3,666 locations. The film has grossed over $133M domestically, an impressive pull for a three-week run. “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.
Sony’s space-thriller “Life” debuted at number-four, grossing $12M across 3,146 locations. “Life” was directed by Daniel Espinosa, the script was written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguso and Ryan Reynolds. FOX’s “Logan” managed to hang-on to the top-five for another week with a $10M weekend. The film has now grossed over $201M for the studio domestically, and has been in theaters for four-weeks
Not making the top-five but worth mentioning is the comedy “CHiPs,” which had a soft $7M debut despite opening across 2,464 locations. “CHIps” was written and directed by Dax Shepard, the film stars Michael Peña, Dax Shepard and Jessica McNamee.
At the limited box-office “Slamma Jamma” took the top-spot with a $1.6M opening weekend across 502 locations. “Slamma Jamma” was written and directed by Timothy A. Chey, the film stars Chris Staples, Michael Irvin and Jose Canseco. The comedy “Wilson,” from FoxSearchlight, grossed $330K across 310 locations. “Wilson” was directed by Craig Johnson, working of a screenplay adaptation written by Daniel Clowes. The film stars Woody Harrelson, Sandy Oian and Shaun Brown. “Phillauri” did manage to hit $265K, despite opening in just 74 locations this weekend.
The big match-up next weekend will be “Ghost in the Shell” and “The Boss Baby,” but don’t forget that “The Zookeeper’s Wife” will also open in a limited-run of theaters.
If you rather stay-in, the animated hit “Sing” is available on Digital HD or Blu-ray this week, and “Assassin’s Creed” released on Digital HD and Blu-ray as well. Most streamers are watching “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which is also available through online retailers.