Monday, 27 March 2017

Movie Money: Episode 15

It was a battle of nostalgia at the box office this week. However, the two new releases in the top 5, 'Power Rangers' and 'Life' couldn't match the tried and true formula that is a Disney re-release. 'Beauty and The Beast' remained victorious this week with a whopping $90m haul, with its worldwide total already at $693m. Surely the Disney classic will be one of the year's biggest releases, with a billion in sight. The tale as old as time still rings true.

The rest of the box office faired well considering so much money went towards 'Beauty and the Beast'. 'Power Rangers' had all the makings of a #1 movie, but couldn't scrape by against the competition. Still, a $40m opening at # 2 is nothing to sneeze at, and with a relatively low budget, Lionsgate should be able to produce at least one of the 6 sequels it has planned for the franchise. The other newcomer this week was 'Life' coming it at #4. The Alien-lite sci-fi thriller didn't prove to be a draw for audiences and only brought in $12.6m domestically. 

The rest of the box office went to 'Kong: Skull Island' at #3, and 'Logan clinging on for dear life at #5. Logan is now the 5th most successful X-Men movie with $537m, and should comfortable rack up a formidable run in the weeks to come.

There were more releases this week, but they didn't make it to the top 5, and well, you don't write reports on losers. 

Here's the audio discussion clocking in at 31 minutes: