Disney's live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast" continued to dominate the North American box office with an estimated 88.3 million U.S. dollars this weekend, and powered the movie studios to have the best cumulative march film attendance ever.
The Disney monster's North American cume of 317-million-dollars is the fourth-biggest 10-day total in history. Overseas, the film likewise stayed atop the chart, grossing 119.2 million U.S. dollars for a foreign tally of 373.3 million U.S. dollars and 690.3 million U.S. dollars globally, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
In a distant second, Lionsgate and Saban's Power Rangers opened with a strong 40.5 million U.S. dollars. About five teenagers who must become something extraordinary when their small town and the world is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat, the PG-13 reboot of the campy television show cost a reported 100 million U.S. dollars to produce.
The film scored an "A" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, of which 30% were under the age of 18 and scored the film an "A+".
Thanks to "Beauty and the Beast", Warner's "Kong:Skull Island" , Fox's "Logan", and now Power Rangers among other titles, March box office has already hit 1 billion U.S. dollars for the first time -- with five days left in the month according to comScore.
"Kong: Skull Island" was in third place, with an estimated 14.4 million U.S. dollars in weekend sales and a 10-day running total of 133.5 million U.S. dollars.