Belle of the ball: 'Beauty and the Beast' lands largest March opening ever

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The Beast (Dan Stevens) and Belle (Emma Watson) in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," a live-action adaptation of the studio's animated classic which is a celebration of one of the most beloved stories ever told. (Disney)

Weekend Box Office - March 17-19, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - Going into the weekend it was easy to predict that Disney’s live-action remake of its animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” would not only be the biggest earner of the week, but would also have the largest opening weekend to date for 2017. Frankly, the only question was exactly how massive the opening would be. Would it surpass “Batman v Superman’s” $166 million opening from last year and take the crown as the largest March opening of all time?

As the dust clears, the results appear to be monstrous as “Beauty and the Beast” is estimated to earn over $170 million this weekend. It also had a massive opening abroad where it brought in an additional $180 million. A worldwide total of $350 million is about on par with what many were expecting, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that the film is a tremendous success.

Kong: Skull Island” fell 53 percent from its opening week with $28.8 million for the weekend. Its domestic total is $110 million after 10 days. Worldwide numbers are nearing $260 million, but with China and Japan openings to come next week, that total is likely to skyrocket.

Logan” fell 54 percent with $17.5 million. That brings its domestic total to $184 million. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009) finished with a domestic total of $179 million. “The Wolverine” (2013) finished with a domestic total of only $132.5 million. The decline between the first two films was a direct reflection upon how universally despised the “Origins” film was. Worldwide numbers for “Logan” are equally impressive as the film nears the $500 million mark. It would appear that all has been forgiven.

In fourth place is “Get Out.” The unstoppable horror drama earned an additional $13 million. Its domestic total sits at $133 million against a $4.5 million production budget.

Fifth place goes to “The Shack.” The adaptation of the popular faith-based novel earned $6 million. The film has quietly earned $42.6 million stateside.