'Boss Baby' stays in charge, edging 'Beauty and the Beast'

Posted April 10, 2017

Speaking of overperforming: "Beauty and the Beast" takes second place again this week, earning about $25 million.

The animated film, made by Comcast Corp.'s DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 21st Century Fox Inc.'s film division, took in an estimated $26.3 million in US and Canadian theaters, researcher ComScore Inc. said Sunday in an emailed statement.

The weekend belonged to family-friendly holdovers "Boss Baby", which took first place, and "Beauty and the Beast" in second place.

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Surprisingly enough, it appears Smurfs: The Lost Village isn't having the best of opening weekends at the box office after debuting to a lackluster $14.1 million despite its impressive cast and $60 million budget, which, in all honesty, actually isn't much for an animated film whose predecessors carried a hefty price tag twice that size. The animated film features the voices of Demi Lovato and Rainn Wilson in a story about Smurfette and her friends in a race through the Forbidden Forest.

The fairy tale, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, has conjured up a magical $432.3 million domestically and a huge trawl of $977.4 million globally, well on its way to $1 billion.

But it couldn't match the $17.5 million debut of Smurfs 2 in 2013, which went on to gross $347.5 million worldwide. That being said, there's little doubt in my mind that Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, and Morgan Freeman were the reason people are showing up for a movie I was certain would die a slow death at the box office.

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"Smurfs: The Lost Village" is Sony's third film in the franchise about blue humanoids living in mushroom-shaped houses. It cost just $24 million to produce.

New Line's launch of senior-citizen heist comedy "Going in Style" is following in fourth with about $12.1 million at 3,061 sites - well above recent expectations, which had forecast a quiet finish around $8 million. Paramount's "Ghost in the Shell" finished fifth with an estimated 7.35 million USA dollars in its second weekend.

"The Case for Christ", from a distributor of Christian-themed movies, opened with sales of $3.9 million, compared with forecasts of $3.5 million to $4.3 million. The animated film has overperformed since its debut and is looking at a strong $200 million worldwide total in just 10 days.

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