Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office: 'Beauty and the Beast' Crosses £50M Mark

Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office: 'Beauty and the Beast' Crosses £50M Mark

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UK TOP FIVE

DISNEY

Beauty And The Beast crossed the £50m mark as it recorded a hat-trick as the UK's number one.

Disney's live-action remake waltzed to a $8.5m (£6.75m) third weekend for a spectacular $64.3m (£51.35m) after only 17 days in play, surpassing The Jungle Book's $57.9m (£46.2m) result last year.

It has achieved these numbers despite the lack of school holidays and the UK enjoying sunny weather over the past week, with the film set to make the most of the upcoming Easter school holidays.

Beauty And The Beast currently ranks as the 25th highest grossing film of all time at the UK box office, with a spot in the top ten all-but guaranteed.

FOX

The Boss Baby would have charted second on the strength of its previews this Saturday and Sunday.

Fox's latest DreamWorks Animation outing banked a non-final $3.16m (£2.52m) this weekend which will go towards its official opening from this Friday (April 7).

Also for Fox, Logan fell 42% as it sliced to a $557,000 (£444,414) fifth weekend for a terrific $28.6m (£22.81m) to date, while Viceroy's House stands at $4.72m (£3.76m) after five weeks in play.

Hidden Figures has grossed $7.6m (£6.08m).

PARAMOUNT

Ghost In The Shell fared slightly better in the UK than the US as it landed in second.

Paramount's live-action adaptation fought to a non-final $2.9m (£2.3m) from its 550 sites, including $442,000 (£335,000) from Thursday (March 30). Its Fri-Sun tally of $2.44m (£1.95m) would have also seen it chart second.

That's down on Scarlett Johansson's last lead role Lucy which charted top with a $3.9m (£3.08m) debut from 486 sites in August 2014, but Ghost In The Shell will hope for a sturdy hold this coming weekend.

SONY

Thanks to its previews last weekend, Smurfs: The Lost Village charted third on its UK debut.

Sony's animation journeyed to $1.75m (£1.4m) from its 528 sites, including $585,000 (£467,000) in previews. Its Fri-Sun tally of $1.17m (£933,000) would have seen it chart fourth behind Get Out.

The result is less than half the openings of the previous two Smurfs outings in the UK, although The Lost Village is an animated reboot of the franchise and not a threequel to those films.

Also for Sony, Life dropped 60% from its disappointing opening with a $371,000 (£296,000) second weekend for $2m (£1. …

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