Walt Disney’s 3-D revamped version of its 1991 animated classic Beauty And The Beast opened in second place in North American theaters this weekend with $18.5 million, researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office said in an e-mailed statement Sunday.
Researcher BoxOffice.com said that the film was expected to make $17.5 million over the weekend. However, the results topped its forecast.
“What we’re finding is some of those Disney titles were blockbuster titles to begin with, and they lend themselves to some 3-D adaptations,” said Paul Sweeney, an analyst at Bloomberg Industries in Skillman, New Jersey. “The expectation is that Hollywood’s going to bring out some of those animation films that did well in years past.
“I think we’ve had a couple of weeks in a row now that were a little better than expected here in the first couple of January,” he added, calling the box office “welcome news” for Hollywood after a “disappointing” year.
First place went to Universal Pictures’ action film Contraband, starring Mark Wahlberg. It collected $24.1 million at United States and Canadian theaters.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked was in eighth spot with $5.8 million. Internationally, it made $14.4 million to take fifth place, according to Rentrak.
Overseas, Puss In Boots took fourth with $14.6 million, while Disney’s partly animated The Muppets came ninth with $3.5 million. Tied for 10th at $3.4 million was The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn.
North American revenue for the top 12 films this weekend fell 1% to $114.5 million from the same time a year ago, Hollywood.com said.
Revenue and attendance this year have risen 14% and 15%, respectively, through Sunday.