Weekend Box Office: Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner

Despite three new movies and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ snapping at its heels, ‘The Boss Baby’ held the top spot at the box office for a second week. Each of the new releases saw decent returns, but with ‘The Fate of Furious’ racing into theaters this Friday, this weekend was rather uneventful.

With a $26.3 million sophomore weekend, ‘The Boss Baby‘ is still the #1 movie in North America. The 48% week-over-week drop in attendance was relatively light when you consider that a brand new CG-animated family flick also opened this weekend. The movie’s domestic ten-day total is up to $89.3 million. With another $110.3 million internationally, that gives DreamWorks Animation’s latest a worldwide total of $199.7 million.

Beauty and the Beast‘ nearly took back the top seat. Now in its fourth week, the Disney remake grossed another $25 million. With a domestic total of $432.3 million and an international total of $545.1 million, the film is only $22.6 million away from crossing the worldwide $1 billion mark.

Sony’s third ‘Smurfs’ movie opened in third place and at the lower end of expectations. The only entry in the franchise to have a strong opening was the first. 2011’s ‘The Smurfs’ debuted to $35.6 million, while 2013’s ‘The Smurfs 2’ opened to $17.5 million. ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village‘ kicks off with just $14 million. After playing internationally for a couple weeks, the reboot’s foreign box office is up to $42.1 million. The worldwide total for this $60 million picture is currently $56.1 million, which probably has Sony execs feeling a little blue.

The Zach Braff-directed grumpy old men comedy ‘Going in Style‘ opened 50% above expectations. Its $12.5 million start landed it in fourth place. Robbing another $4.3 million from 32 international markets, the $25 million picture saw a worldwide debut of $16.8 million.

Rounding out the Top 5 was last week’s fizzler, ‘Ghost in the Shell‘. Paramount’s flop dropped 61% over its second week, drawing $7.3 million and bringing its ten-day domestic total to $31.5 million. Thanks to a big opening in China, the film’s international total is now up to $92.8 million, giving this robotic $110 million blockbuster a $124.3 million worldwide income.

The new faith-based drama ‘The Case for Christ‘ eked into the bottom of the Top 10 with $3.9 million. Playing at 1,174 locations, the low-budget picture comes from Pure Flix, the feel-good distributor that puts no money into marketing and allows word-of-mouth to carry its movies. With a minuscule budget and zero advertising costs, even if it doesn’t make its money back at the box office, the movie surely will when it hits home video.

The 56-screen limited opening of Marc Webb’s ‘Gifted‘ yielded strong enough results that Fox Searchlight will expand it to wide status on both Wednesday and Friday this week. The Chris Evans vehicle earned $476,000 (an average of $8,500 per screen) and landed in the #16 spot.

Anne Hathaway’s indie sci-fi dramedy ‘Colossal‘ had a fantastic four-screen opening. It made $125,809, which translates to $31,452 per-screen. This will likely cause its platform release to expand sooner than later, meaning you’re probably a little closer to seeing it and being disappointed.

Gemma Arterton’s fantastic ensemble drama ‘Their Finest‘ also played well from four locations, but not as strongly as ‘Colossal’. The World War II/Hollywood insider picture collected $77,000, for a per-screen average of $19,250. Here’s hoping that STX expands it quickly.

Top 10:

1. ‘The Boss Baby’ (Fox) – $26,300,000

2. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Buena Vista) – $25,022,000

3. ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ (Sony) – $14,015,000

4. ‘Going in Style’ (Warner Bros.) – $12,500,000

5. ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (Paramount) – $7,350,000

6. ‘Power Rangers’ (Lionsgate) – $6,215,200

7. ‘Kong: Skull Island’ (Warner Bros.) – $5,825,000

8. ‘Logan’ (Fox) – $4,050,000

9. ‘Get Out’ (Universal) – $4,020,485

10. ‘The Case for Christ’ (Pure Flix) – $3,900,000

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