Talk about opening with a roar: Kong: Skull Island is tops at the North American box office, grossing an estimated $61 million over the weekend.
The King Kong franchise reboot is the second in the Warner Bros.-Legendary's fictional cinematic MonsterVerse — the first, 2014's Godzilla, comparatively took in $200 million domestically during its run.
Holding strong in second place, Logan grossed an estimated $37.8 million in its second weekend, earning a total of $152.6 million to date.
In third place, sleeper horror hit Get Out earned $21 million, for a total of $111 million.
Next weekend, Kong's run at the top will almost certainly be short as Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast opens.
Online ticket seller Fandango is already reporting that Beauty is outselling both Captain America: Civil War and Finding Dory in pre-release ticket sales.
All box office figures are estimates in U.S. dollars and are provided by film studios. Generally speaking, studios earn about 55 per cent of a film’s gross.
|Weekend Box Office|
|For the weekend ending March 12, 2017|
|Rank||Title / Distributor||Revenue|
|1||Kong: Skull Island||$61,015,000|
|Warner Bros, Cume Total: $152,656,733|
|Fox, Cume Total: $152,656,733|
|Universal, Cume Total: $111,054,445|
|Lionsgate, Cume Total: $32,268,691|
|5||The LEGO Batman Movie||$7,820,000|
|Warner Bros, Cume Total: $159,023,660|
|6||Before I Fall||$3,107,910|
|Open Road, Cume Total: $9,036,722|
|Fox, Cume Total: $162,865,186|
|8||John Wick: Chapter Two||$2,700,000|
|Lionsgate, Cume Total: $87,423,211|
|9||La La Land||$1,770,000|
|Lionsgate., Cume Total: $148,445,589|
|10||Fifty Shades Darker||$1,629,250|
|Universal, Cume Total: $112,922,485|
|© comScore 2016|
About Robert J. Ballantyne
Robert J.Ballantyne is a senior editor at Popjournalism and Creative Director at Artsculture.ca. Previously, he was a journalist at the CBC on a number of news programs including the fifth estate, Marketplace and The National. He also worked as a staff writer at the Toronto Star.