Box Office: “Power Rangers” pop, “Life” underwhelms, “CHIPS” bomb


Yeah, it is shaping up as another epic weekend for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” remake. $81 million more ensuring that Emma Watson is now in the “Whatever she wants, pay it, get her” category of leading ladies. $300 million? $400 million, before it’s all-in?

But kids and those who were kids when “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” were on TV have turned “Power Rangers” into a film franchise, thanks to a $42 million opening weekend. That’s based on late Thursday and all-day Friday estimates, according to 

“Life,” a sci-fi horror film and pretty much straight “Alien” ripoff, got slightly better reviews and has actual movie stars in it. And is seriously underwhelming the box office. Under $13 million? Really?

Then there was the R-rated comic riff on “CHIPS,” an earlier TV series with no box office stars in it and poor reviews to boot. Warners spent little on it, but they aren’t going to break even on Dax Shepard’s directing/acting bomb. $7 million won’t cover the car/bike chase budget on that one.

“Logan” will have cleared $200 million by Sunday midnight, “Get Out” will be at $150 million after this weekend. “Lego Batman Movie” looks to be finishing its run well south of $200 million (winding down and at $170 at the moment).


About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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