The big screen reboot of Power Rangers opens today, March 24, and is already off to a strong start. As Variety reports, it made $3.6 million in Thursday night previews–however, it is expected that Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will maintain its dominance of the box office.
The Thursday night gross is nearly as much as Kong: Skull Island made two weeks ago, and that movie went on to make $61 million across the whole weekend. Power Rangers isn’t expected to make that much, but it is estimated to earn $30-$40 million over three days.
This is some way ahead of the other new releases hitting screens today–the sci-fi thriller Life and cop comedy Chips, which have been predicted to take $15-$20 million and $10-$12 million respectively.
However, even if Power Rangers makes as much as $40 million, it won’t topple the hugely successful Beauty and the Beast from the top slot. The live-action Disney remake is predicated to earn another $90 million in its second weekend, following last week’s record-breaking $174.8 million haul.
Power Rangers has received mixed reviews so far–check out GameSpot’s opinion here. And if you want to know what happens in the post-credit scene, click here–be warned though, there are major spoilers.