Well, it wasn’t a Godzilla-sized opening weekend, nor even a Logan, but Kong still proved to be king with Kong: Skull Island topping the charts with $61 million, better than the $45-$55 million industry predictions. The question is can Kong have a better end run performance than Godzilla‘s $200 million? With a reported $185 million budget, the film is going to have to put up some major numbers to turn a profit (and the Chinese market is sure to give the film a huge boost once it opens there). Kong is outperforming the big lizard already in several foreign markets including the UK (by 17%), Korea (by 90%) and Russia (by 16%), and is on par with Godzilla in France, Taiwan, Australia and Germany. The Chinese and Japanese openings on March 24 and March 25 respectively should be interesting as Legendary is a Chinese-owned corporation producing a movie filled with Japanese-originated characters (and yes, this Kong is technically the Toho Kong who was pitted against Godzilla in 1962, which are scheduled to battle again in 2020). With the $85.1 million overseas total, the film has earned $146.1 million in its first three days.
There were no other wide releases this week, but one limited release did extremely well, Personal Shopper which opened on just 4 screens and earned $79,175 at Number 33. That’s a $19.794 per screen average, topping Kong‘s $15,866 on 3,846 screens.
Two Top Ten movies actually added screens this week. Get Out added 205 screens, bringing its total up to 3,143, which helped its bottom line by giving the film just a 26.5% drop from the previous week, the smallest in the Top Ten although it still slipped one spot to Number 3. In its third week of release, the $4.5 million thriller has earned $110.7 million domestically. La La Land was most likely saved from dropping out of the Top Ten by adding 167 screens for a total of 1,578. It still saw a nearly 41% drop from the previous week but notched up one spot to Number 9 with $1.7 million for a 14-week domestic total of $148.4 million. Overseas the film has earned $268.4 million for a global total of $416.8 million.
Logan saw a larger than expected 57% drop from its opening weekend but that’s not unexpected given the huge numbers it put up. Still, with $38.1 million its 10-day total is nearly $153 million domestically, making it now the second highest grosser of the three stand-alone Wolverine movies. It only need to earn another $27.2 million to top X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Logan is currently the second biggest film of 2017 behind The LEGO Batman Movie with $158.8 million.
The Great Wall continued to crumble domestically, falling five spots to Number 13. Its four-week total is just $43.8 million against a $150 million budget. Luckily the foreign markets are making up for the domestic shortfall with $283.4 million so far, giving it a global $327.2 million total.
Kong: Skull Island should bask in its Number 1 perch this week because with stiff competition on the way from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast live action remake opening March 17, it may truly end up being, as the classic line from King Kong goes, “Twas Beauty killed the beast.”
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the weekend of March 10.
4.  The Shack – $10,007,551 [$32,226,242]
6.  Before I Fall – $3,000,782 [$8,929,594]
10.  Fifty Shades Darker – $1,652,095 [$112,945,330]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo