Out of all forms of sentiment, nostalgia has the strongest gravitational pull, evidenced by the results of this weekend's box office. The big hitters of the past few days, Power Rangers and Beauty and the Beast, are two films that breathe fresh life into stories and characters that were first adored in the '90s.
The 2017 adaptation of #PowerRangers is the latest in a long line of films to glaringly highlight the disparity between critics and fans. Ranked at 46 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, nostalgia has provided the catalyst for Dean Israelite's film to perform above expectations, with a $40.5 million opening. That takes its worldwide total to $59.2 million, but with a budget of $100 million and high marketing costs on top, there's still a way to go.
It may be a tale as old as time, but the modern, live-action take on the #Disney classic, #BeautyAndTheBeast, still sits proudly at the top of weekend earners. Another recent release to appeal to sentiment, it made another $88 million this weekend to raise its two-week domestic to $317 million, with $690 million worldwide — already dwarfing its budget of $160 million.
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'Life' Goes On As 'CHiPS' Underperforms
Away from remakes and reimagining, #Life — the Alien-esque sci-fi horror written by Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick — wasn't quite lifeless with a $12.6 million domestic box office opening and a worldwide total of $28.7 million. That amount is still below expectations considering the film's $58 million budget, high profile marketing and cast including Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson.
CHiPS too is an updated adaptation, taking inspiration from the '70s cop TV show of the same name. The action comedy has failed to inspire either the critics or audiences, though, with poor reviews and a less than chipper opening of $7.8 million domestically (with a worldwide total of $9 million), which only makes a slight dent in its budget of $25 million.
'Logan' And 'Kong: Skull Island' Continue With Strong Weekend Box Office
In terms of films that have had a few weeks to accrue box office takings, #Logan continues to make a significant impact in the superhero hall of fame, with an extra $10.1 million taking its domestic total past $200 million. Worldwide, Hugh Jackman's R-rated final appearance as Wolverine has made $565.5 million, making it the third best performing X-Men film. Days of Future Past (2014) is out of the Adamantium clutches, though; that made $747.9 million.
Finally, #KongSkullIsland isn't monkeying around, performing third-best this weekend in its third weekend since release and making the podium as part of the nostalgia success story. Another significant income of $14.4 million has added to its $133.5 million domestic total, to take it to $392 million worldwide, making more than double its heavyweight $185 million budget.
Did you succumb to nostalgia with your viewing decision this weekend?
(Source: Box Office Mojo)