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A pair of new releases take aim at Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson.

Can either take over the top spot?

The short answer is no. “Beauty and the Beast” fell 48 percent in its second weekend. That mark is a pretty strong hold considering the size of its opening weekend.

A similar drop this weekend will put it in the $45 to 50 million range.

“The Boss Baby” will be the top newcomer in second. The animated film may not live up to past animated hits, including last year’s “Home” or even “The Croods” and may only get to $30 to 35 million.

Opening in third will be “Ghost in the Shell” with Scarlett Johansson. Pre-release tracking had it around the likes of “The Maze Runner” so expect this one to earn around $30 million.

With “Beauty and the Beast” setting the box office on fire, another Disney classic is getting the live action treatment. “Mulan” is scheduled to hit theaters in 2018 and director Niki Caro (“Whale Rider”) had some news to share.

In an interview with Moviefone, current plans for the film contain no songs. That’s right, “Mulan” may not be a musical. That means it may be making a man out of audiences in a different way than people remember.

 

“Beauty and the Beast” was always going to open big. How much did it make?

Estimates place the remake of the Disney classic earning $170 million. That would be enough to top the $166 million earned by “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” for a new March record and is the seventh-biggest opening weekend ever.

“Beauty and the Beast” stars Emma Watson, Luke Evans and Josh Gad.

“Kong: Skull Island” dropped to second, earning $28.9 million. That’s a decent hold for the monster film, while “Logan” took third with $17.5 million.

“Beauty and the Beast” earned a massive $63.78 million on Friday. That is a notch below “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and the $81.5 million it earned on its opening Friday, but comic book films are almost always more front loaded.

The Disney film starring Emma Watson (“Harry Potter”) should wind up around $160-170 million for the weekend.

 

The tale as old as time returns to theaters. There’s no question “Beauty and the Beast” will open above $100 million. How high will it soar?

Disney has had a lot of success bringing animated classics to live action. “Maleficent,” “Cinderella,” and “The Jungle Book” all enjoyed strong box office numbers but “Beauty and the Beast” stands in a class above them.

The animated film was released in 1991, meaning fans of that film are old enough to have nostalgia set in and many may have children of their own to bring. “Beauty and the Beast” stands tall as one of those revered films with music that people still sing today.

All that means anticipation is sky high. The movie earned $16.7 million during preview showings, much higher than other recent family hits like “Finding Dory” ($9.2 million). This film will light the box office on fire. Can it catch “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and its $166 million March record? It’ll be close.

Opening weekend prediction: $160-170 million.

I’m really hoping this isn’t the start of a trend. With recent  films like “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Jack the Giant Slayer”, Hollywood has taken on reimagining the fairy tale. Disney is right there with the upcoming “Maleficent” starring Angelina Jolie. But what about reimaging modern classics? That’s right. “Beauty and the Beast” is a masterpiece. So it comes with great annoyance that Disney has plans to remake the film as a darker version, currently titled “The Beast”. Joe Aherne, who wrote “Trance” is penning the script In other Disney news, Emma Watson has dropped out of the live action “Cinderella”, which stars Cate Blanchett.

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It’s zombies vs. animated sea creatures as “Resident Evil: Retribution” and “Finding Nemo 3D” aim for the top spot.

This one will go to RE. Milla Jovovich is joined by series stars Michelle Rodriguez (“Avatar”, “Fast and Furious”) and Sienna Guillory. The previous film earned more than $230 million internationally, an impressive total. It’s made for international audiences, with the tag line “Evil Goes Global”. But, it will have limited appeal and open within range of the other entries.

Opening weekend: $25-27 million

Total box office gross: $65-70 million

It was this time last year that “The Lion King” earned more than $30 million on its way to $94 million. “Finding Nemo” is the most well attended Pixar film ever. So, it should be a smash right? Except, it’s hard to argue that it’d have more fans than “Beauty and the Beast” and that film only opened to $17.8 million earlier this year. And, “Titanic”, the highest grossing re-release of 2012 earned just $57.9 million. Not to mention, this film came out less than a decade ago and most families probably already own the film.

Opening weekend: $18-20 million

Total box office gross: $45-50 million

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

 

With “Snow White and the Huntsman” about to hit theaters this weekend, it’s looking to redefine the classic Snow White story. Hollywood’s never strayed from fairy tail films. From the classic Disney films to more recent darker films, the list could go on and on. Here’s my list of my five of favorite fairy tale films…though I’m sure I’m forgetting some.

Note: Because there’s so many, I didn’t list more than one from Disney.

5.  The Wizard of Oz: A classic and captures the wonder of children even today.

4. The NeverEnding Story: I remember being absolutely engrossed in this film. The whole universe is amazing and it appealed to those of us who wished we could get lost in a book’s world every once in a while.

3. The Princess Bride: I mean, come on. Classic love story. Classic fairy tale movie. Great movie, period. Enough said.

2. Beauty and the Beast: Really, I could have gone a lot of ways with Disney for this pick. But, “Beauty and the Beast” remains such a classic and fan favorite. From the music to the visuals to the story, it’s just a timeless film.

1. Pan’s Labyrinth: It’s everything a classic fairy tale should be. Dark, menacing, emotional, engrossing. And, in an age where there’s violence strictly for violence sake, Guillermo Del Toro’s masterpiece never falls into that trap. Don’t take your young kids to see this. But “Pan’s Labyrinth” is depressing, hopeful, scary, suspenseful, sad and just a movie unlike any other I’ve seen in a long, long time.

Honorable mentions: Howl’s Moving Castle, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Aladdin, Stardust, Enchanted, The Little Mermaid.

Honorary No. one:I didn’t put this on the list because I wanted more traditional fairy tale films. But, this should come as no surprise for people who know me. The Matrix. I mean, it is a modern day Alice in Wonderland, except kick-ass, interesting to modern audiences and just plain ahead of its time for Hollywood in terms of visual and action. And it continues to be my favorite movie.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Get ready for Beauty and the Beast

Disney’s version of “Beauty and the Beast” had a successful re-release in 3D. “Beastly” didn’t exactly tear it up at the box office. But, another version of “Beauty and the Beast” is headed to the big screen. This one, however, could be pretty interesting.

Emma Watson (Harry Potter) will star in it and director Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) will helm the project. The film is reportedly going to be a period piece.

I must say, it’s got me interested. Del Toro is one of the best directors out there, especially when having to do with anything with monsters. And, a darker take on the story could be refreshing.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Should 3D re-releases be happening?

It’s an obvious  trend here. Thanks to the smashing success of Disney’s re-releases of “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast” more studios have taken a cue. This weekend sees George Lucas and “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” hit theaters in 3D. Later this year, James Cameron’s “Titanic” is also coming back to the big screen in three dimensions (Even though Cameron has stated before people should never do 3D conversions).

Pixar is also joining the game. “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2” were already released. And “Finding Nemo” is coming this fall. Is this a good trend?

It’s funny, because I hear people (myself included) loved to see “The Lion King” back on the big screen. It was nostalgia. One of my favorite movies of all time. And, it was a chance for a new generation of kids to see it. Yet, when it comes to “Star Wars” and “Titanic” it’s much more love it or hate it.

Frankly, I’m not a fan of this trend.  I’ve contributed to the problem by seeing “The Lion King” in 3D, but it does make me wince a little bit that Hollywood has us in a place where we’re willing to pay extra to see a movie more than a decade old. Whether 3D sticks around or not remains to be seen. However, I don’t like this at all. For people like me, who are on a pretty tight budget but love the movies, movie ticket prices threaten to make us skip the movies altogether. To wait to rent them. I recently bought a movie ticket that cost me $11 dollars. My friend, a college student tried to get a student discount, but the theater doesn’t honor that if its the weekends or holidays.

Because you know so many students love to go to a movie in the middle of a school week. This isn’t me complaining because I can’t budget. I’ve cut out largely going out to eat, to doing activities that cost money that aren’t necessary. To loading up on fruit, cereal and ramen noodles until I can get on my feet. I am a frugal person.  get the appeal of 3D for some. And, in a film like “Avatar” and “Hugo”, I thought it was great. But, I wish…no I need it to stop. Not just because I find it generally annoying. But, because it threatens to end my movie-going experience. And for someone who loves movies as much as I do, that’s something I can’t do without.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.