Box Office: ‘Boss Baby’ Destroys ‘Smurfs: Lost Village’ with $26-M

Box Office: ‘Boss Baby’ Destroys ‘Smurfs: Lost Village’ with $26-M

Box Office: ‘Boss Baby’ Destroys ‘Smurfs: Lost Village’ with $26-M

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Beauty and the Beast’ at #2 is ready to pass the $1-B mark globally; ‘Going in Style,’ opened ahead of expectations.

Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) Smurfs: The Lost Village bombed in its North American debut at the weekend with an estimated $14-M from 3,610 theaters, 1 of the worst starts in recent memory for an animated offering from a major Hollywood studio.

Boss Baby stayed atop the chart in its 2nd weekend, falling 48% to $26.3-M for a domestic take of $89.4-M. The movie beat the Smurfs overseas, collecting $37.5-M from 46 markets for a foreign tally of $110.4-M and a box office of nearly $200-M worldwide.

Now in its 4th frame, Beauty and the Beast followed at #2 in North America with $25-M for a domestic box office take of $432.3-M. The live-action fairy tale is days away from topping the $1-B worldwide mark after finishing Sunday with a dazzling global take of $977.4-M.

Smurfs: The Lost Village bowed at #3 domestically, was intended to reinvigorate the franchise.

Lost Village, costing a modest $60-M to make, will have to do big business overseas if Sony is to get its wish and make more installments.

Lost Village garnered an A CinemaScore is possibly getting lost in a Family Film Glut.

Village Roadshow and Warner Bros.’ Going in Style came in well ahead of expectations with a $12.5-M bow at #4. More than 70% of the audience was over the age of 50.

The weekend’s 3rd new nationwide offering, Pure Flix Films’ The Case for Christ, placed # 10 with just $3.9-M. The faith-based drama tells the real-life story of a self-avowed atheist and journalist who sets out to disprove his wife’s newfound Christian faith. The movie earned an A+ CinemaScore.

Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell based on the popular Japanese manga series, tumbled 61% in its 2nd frame to $7.4-M for a disappointing 10-day domestic box office of $31.6-M.

Ghost in the Shell cost $110-M to make before marketing, and despite a major marketing push in Japan, the film opened in 2nd place with $3.2-M.

At the specialty box office

Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife expanded into a total of 804 theaters after a limited debut last weekend. The Focus Features war drama, starring Jessica Chastain, grossed a muted $2.9-M for a 10-day domestic box office of $7.6-M.

Colossal, a story of a woman who battles a Godzilla-like creature in South Korea, opened in 4 theaters in New York and Los Angeles, grossing $125,809 for a screen average of $31,452, the best of the weekend. The independent film marks the 1st release from Neon, the distribution company launched by former Radius-TWC co-chief Tomas Quinn and Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League.

Fox Searchlight opted for a bigger footprint for Gifted, directed by Marc Webb, rolling out in 56 locations, the drama opened to $476,000.

EuropaCorp and STX Entertainment’s critically acclaimed British romantic comedy Their Finest debuted to $77,000 from 4 theaters in Los Angeles and New York for a screen average of $19,250.

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