Australian Box Office Report: Beauty and the Beast achieves the biggest box office opening of the year to date

There has been a lot of movement on the charts this week, thanks to a crowded pile of new entries into cinemas over the weekend. The highly anticipated Disney remake Beauty and the Beast went straight to the top of the ladder.  It sits comfortably at no. 1, having earned $13.14m, giving it the biggest premiere weekend at the box office since Rogue One: A Star Wars Story made $14.75m in its opening week in December last year.

Its success is of little surprise, given its outstanding numbers all over the world. It has topped the box office across the last two weekends in the US and has already earned some US$700m (close to AU$1b) worldwide. In second place sits the animated The Boss Baby, which earned $2.74m, also its premiere week.  It’s very different from last week’s no. 2 film (Logan), which is now all the way down at no. 6.

Two further premiere titles made it into the top 5 this week; Life, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, premiered at no. 3 this week, earning $1.54m; whilst Power Rangers debuted at no. 4 this week, bringing in $1.35m.

# Film Title Distributor Box Office
1 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST WALT DISNEY 13,145,217
2 THE BOSS BABY FOX/DREAMWORKS 2,743,269
3 LIFE SONY PICTURES 1,548,914
4 POWER RANGERS ROADSHOW 1,354,068
5 KONG: SKULL ISLAND WARNER BROS 1,098,813
6 LOGAN FOX 1,071,204
7 HIDDEN FIGURES FOX 410,429
8 PEPPA PIG MY FIRST CINEMA EXPERIENCE: PEPPA’S AUSTRALIAN HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT ONE 307,655
9 LION TRANSMISSION 169,765
10 JASPER JONES MADMAN 122,153

Last week’s top 3 films have taken little bit of a nosedive, where previously they had hovered into the top for a few weeks. Kong: Skull Island dropped from the top of the list to no. 5 this week, earning $1.09m. Logan, as mentioned previously, is no. 6 this week, and made $1.07m.  Last week’s no. 3, Hidden Figures, is now no. 7 and made $410k, while Lion continues to hold on in the top ten, and sits in 9th position, with about $170k in box office receipts.

Ghost in the Shell and The Lego Batman Movie both premiere over the weekend, and these should make an appearance on the top 10 box office report, which will shake up the box office ladder a little more.

All figures from The Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia and Box Office Mojo