'Beauty and the Beast' debut weekend earnings revised up

NEW YORK (AP) -- Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" was an even bigger hit than first thought. The film's weekend box office earnings were revised up nearly $5 million from estimates Sunday. In final figures Monday, Disney said "Beauty and the Beast" made $174.8 million in North American theaters. The result set numerous records.

'Kong: Skull Island' is king of box office with $61 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was Wolverine versus King Kong at the box office this weekend, and Kong came out on top. "Kong: Skull Island" opened with $61 million over the weekend, while "Logan," in its second week, pulled in $38.1 million, according to studio figures Monday. Jordan Peele's thriller "Get Out," made for $4.5 million, hung on in the top five, adding $20.7 million to its earnings and bringing its total to $110.

'Kong' outmuscles 'Logan' to become king of the box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was a battle of the beasts at the box office this weekend, and King Kong emerged as the definitive victor over Wolverine. According to studio estimates Sunday, "Kong: Skull Island" amassed $61 million in its first weekend in theaters, surpassing expectations and easily beating out "Logan," which is now in its second weekend. Warner Bros. and Legendary's "Kong: Skull Island" stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson.

Man picked to fix AIG will step down after massive loss

NEW YORK (AP) -- Three weeks after AIG reported a titanic loss, the person chosen to turn things around at one of the world's largest insurance companies is stepping down. AIG said Thursday that CEO Peter Hancock, appointed less than three years ago, will remain as the company's chief executive until a successor is found. American International Group Inc. reported a fourth-quarter loss of $3.04 billion on Feb.

Box Office Top 20: 'Logan' debut even bigger than expected

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Logan," Hugh Jackman's last stand as Wolverine, did even better than expected. According to final box-office figures Monday, its weekend debut totaled $88.4 million in North American ticket sales, $3 million more than was estimated Sunday. The smash hit "X-Men" spinoff ranks as the fourth best March opening (not adjusting for inflation), as well as one of the best R-rated debuts.

Icahn selling Trump Taj Mahal casino to Hard Rock

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn reached a deal Wednesday to sell the shuttered Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City to Hard Rock International and two New Jersey investors. The sale comes four months after Icahn closed it amid a crippling strike. A sale price was not revealed.

Box Office Top 20: 'Get Out' nets $33.4 million opening

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut, "Get Out," did even better in its first weekend in theaters than initially projected. The micro budget thriller pulled in $33.4 million -- about $3 million higher than what was estimated on Sunday by the studios. It easily topped the box office and unseated "The Lego Batman Movie" from first place. The "Lego Movie" spinoff earned $19.2 million in its third week in theaters.

Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' scares up big $30.5 million debut

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Great reviews and buzz propelled comedian Jordan Peele's directorial debut, the micro-budget thriller "Get Out," to a chart-topping opening weekend with $30.5 million according to studio estimates Sunday. The Blumhouse-produced and Universal Pictures-distributed film cost an estimated $4.5 million to make. While it was expected to perform well against its budget, few people foresaw a debut this big -- especially with a relatively unknown star in Daniel Kaluuya leading the film.

Box Office Top 20: 'Lego Batman,' 'Fifty Shades' stay on top

NEW YORK (AP) -- Holdovers "The Lego Batman Movie" and "Fifty Shades Darker" led the North American box office for a second week, while Matt Damon's "The Great Wall" -- a hit in China, where it was made -- struggled in its domestic debut. Warner Bros.' "The Lego Batman Movie" was No.1 again, selling $42.7 million in tickets over the four-day holiday weekend, according to final figures Tuesday from comScore.