Tim Burton's live-action remake of "Dumbo" topped the box office with $45 million from 4259 screens, making it the lowest opening of any live-action Disney movie so far.

How much lower is that than recent Disney remakes? "Beauty and the Beast" debuted with $174 million in 2017, "The Jungle Book" opened with $103 million, in 2016 and "Cinderella" rang up $67 million in its first weekend in 2015.

Poor reviews might have helped ground the big-eared elephant: It has a 50% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences, however, gave it an "A-" Cinemascore.

The film, which stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, had a budget of $170 million, which might be made up with overseas ticket sales.  The movie took in $71 million from foreign markets for a global start of $116 million.

"Dumbo'"s $45 million opening is, however, better than Burton's last film: "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," (also starring Eva Green), opened with $28.8 million in 2016 from 3522 screens.


Last weekend's champ, "Us," took in $33 million in its second weekend. It's now passed $128 million in ticket sales in North America. That makes it the 7th-ranked R-rated horror film, just behind "The Conjuring" which finished its box-office run with $137 million.


"Captain Marvel" landed in third place for its third weekend, with an additional $20 million. It's now surpassed $350 million in domestic ticket sales and $990 million worldwide. The billion-dollar club beckons.


Everything was not alright, alright, alright for Matthew McConaughey, who suffered the lowest opening of his career with "The Beach Bum." The R-rated stoner comedy from "Spring Breakers" director Harmony Korine earned only $1.8 million from 1,100 screens. That was still enough for it to crack the Top 10.

The film, which premiered at South by Southwest, was initially going to have a platform release, but instead opened nationwide with very little marketing.

Anti-abortion drama "Unplanned" pulled in $6.1 million from 1,060 venues. It's currently battling "Five Feet Apart," which earned an estimated $6.25 million, for fourth place.

Here are the top 10 estimates for March 22-24, 2019
1. "Dumbo," (2019) $45,000,000
2. "Us," $33,605,000
3. "Captain Marvel," $20,500,000
4. "Five Feet Apart," $6,250,000
5. "Unplanned," $6,110,000
6. "Wonder Park," $4,940,000
7. "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World," $4,232,000
8. "Hotel Mumbai," $3,163,660
9. "Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral," $2,700,000
10. "The Beach Bum," $1,800,000

[Via Variety]