Beast Romps, CHiPs Tanks

Disney remake shows little sign of slowing down in 2nd week out
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 26, 2017 11:35 AM CDT
Dan Stevens as The Beast and Emma Watson as Belle in a live-action adaptation of the animated classic "Beauty and the Beast."    (Uncredited)
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(Newser) – Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast has continued to enchant audiences in its second weekend in theaters, reports the AP. Studio estimates say the film added $88.3 million to its total this weekend, down only 49% from its massive debut. The box-office juggernaut has earned $317 million to date from North American theaters. In a distant second, Lionsgate's Power Rangers opened with a strong $40.5 million. The PG-13 reboot of the campy television show cost a reported $100 million to produce. Kong: Skull Island grabbed third place with $14.4 million, reports Box Office Mojo.

Not so mighty were the totals for the two R-rated films that opened this weekend. Warner Bros.' raunchy action comedy CHiPS and Sony's space thriller Life failed to gain much traction. Life earned $12.6 million and fourth place, while the critically derided CHiPS took seventh place with $7.6 million. (Read more box office stories.)

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