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‘Kong: Skull Island’ tops weekend box office with $61m

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.

Hugh Jackman stars as Wolverine in 2017's 'Logan'.
DUELLING SUNSETS Hugh Jackman stars as Wolverine in 2017’s Logan. The film reached the $100-million mark within five days and is expected to become the highest-grossing Wolverine film. Supplied publicity photo, 2017

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
RankTitle / DistributorRevenue
1Kong: Skull Island$61,015,000
Warner Bros, Cume Total: $152,656,733
Fox, Cume Total: $152,656,733
3Get Out$21,072,600
Universal, Cume Total: $111,054,445
4The Shack$10,050,000
Lionsgate, Cume Total: $32,268,691
5The LEGO Batman Movie$7,820,000
Warner Bros, Cume Total: $159,023,660
6Before I Fall$3,107,910
Open Road, Cume Total: $9,036,722
7Hidden Figures$2,765,000
Fox, Cume Total: $162,865,186
8John Wick: Chapter Two$2,700,000
Lionsgate, Cume Total: $87,423,211
9La La Land$1,770,000
Lionsgate., Cume Total: $148,445,589
10Fifty Shades Darker$1,629,250
Universal, Cume Total: $112,922,485
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Robert J. Ballantyne is the editor-in-chief at Popjournalism. 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
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