Disney are considering Beauty And The Beast spinoffs

Carla Harmon
March 29, 2017

Disney's second weekend of blockbuster "Beauty and the Beast" is dominating moviegoing in North America with $88.3 million at 4,210 locations - capping the best March ever. Worldwide the film made $180 million, bringing total opening grosses to $350 million. The movie was hit with opposition in Malaysia after officials at the country's Film Censorship Board demanded one scene be cut. Currently, it is nearly certain that the movie will cross $400 million at domestic box office.

Disney's strategy of making old animated movies into live-action remakes are paying off well.

"CHiPS" opened with sales of $7.6 million, missing the $8.25 million forecast of BoxOfficePro.

The film was the highpoint of a weekend dominated by nostalgia-driven fare, with Power Rangers and CHiPs also released in cinemas.

"Brand recognition will get you far - it gives you a leg up before you even start - but at the end of the day, it comes down to the movie itself", said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. The movie tells the story of high-school superheroes who use their powers to save the world. The film, from Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. studio, is based on a 1970s TV series about California Highway Patrol officers. In third place was Kong: Skull Island, which earned $14.4 million in its third weekend.

Despite having big name actors and a strong marketing campaign attached to it, Sony's Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson earned only $12.6 million this weekend on its fairly large $58 million production budget. "Power Rangers" carries a $100 million price tag. The company's earlier live-action remakes like "The Jungle Book", "Cinderella", "Maleficent" and "Alice in Wonderland" had garnered $967 million, $544 million, $759 million and more than $1 billion, respectively, worldwide.

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