In a shocking development, The Boss Baby bested Beauty and the Beast for the second consecutive weekend in a row. The surprise animated hit has once again proven the power of cartoons at the box-office and vacuumed up all the excess children’s ticket sales. Fox Animation’s released made an estimated $26.3 million dollars in its second week and has now grossed over $89 million dollars in total. There doesn’t seem to be much direct competition in the sub-genre in the coming weeks, so it will continue to stay afloat while raking in the dough.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast held on to second place and continues its historic tear through the spring season. The live-action adaptation made an estimated $23.6 million dollars and pushed its worldwide total to over $976 million dollars and looks poised to cross the billion dollar mark next week. This is yet another enormous success for Disney as their money-making machine is revving at full throttle.
Coming in third place was Smurfs: The Lost Village, which made an estimated $13.2 million dollars in its first week of release. This certainly has to be a disappointment for Sony who’s film seemed to crumble against the surprise hit of The Boss Baby. The movie was made on announced budget of $60 million dollars and that doesn’t include the marketing campaign, so it’s crucial for the studio that the movie gains some momentum over the coming weeks.
Going in Style took hold of fourth place with an estimated $11.9 million dollar opening. Scrubs’ Zach Braff directed the comedic caper flick starring cinematic legends Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin. It was produced on a meager $25 million dollar budget, so it’s destined to be profitable for Warner Bros and a great sign for aging actors.
Rounding out the top five films of the weekend was Ghost in the Shell, which had a cataclysmic collapse in its second week of release. The anime adaptation dropped over 60% in week number two and grossed a meager $7.3 million dollars. Paramount has officially concluded that the whitewashing controversy that was created by the casting of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role is to blame for the failure. The movie has only made $31 million dollars during its two-week domestic run and was produced for an announced $110 million dollars. It would seem that this lackluster performance will affect future anime adaptations.
Check out the full box-office results for the weekend of April 7th-April 9th, 2017:
|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count / Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|1||1||The Boss Baby||Fox||$26,363,488||-47.5%||3,829||+56||$6,885||$89,436,806||–||2|
|2||2||Beauty and the Beast (2017)||BV||$23,652,605||-47.9%||3,969||-241||$5,959||$430,946,639||$160||4|
|3||N||Smurfs: The Lost Village||Sony||$13,210,449||–||3,610||–||$3,659||$13,210,449||$60||1|
|4||N||Going in Style (2017)||WB (NL)||$11,932,330||–||3,061||–||$3,898||$11,932,330||$25||1|
|5||3||Ghost in the Shell (2017)||Par.||$7,306,413||-60.9%||3,440||–||$2,124||$31,529,863||$110||2|
|6||4||Power Rangers (2017)||LGF||$6,199,403||-56.3%||2,978||-715||$2,082||$75,095,645||$100||3|
|7||5||Kong: Skull Island||WB||$5,576,182||-35.1%||2,753||-388||$2,025||$156,305,906||$185||5|
|10||N||The Case for Christ||PFR||$3,967,885||–||1,174||–||$3,380||$3,967,885||–||1|
Source: Box Office Mojo