Box Office: ‘Boss Baby’ Got Attention with $49-M Opening

Box Office: ‘Boss Baby’ Got Attention with $49-M Opening

Box Office: ‘Boss Baby’ Got Attention with $49-M Opening

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‘Ghost in the Shell’ bowed to $19-M domestically, as ‘Beauty and the Beast’ tops international box office with an additional $66.5-M take.

DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby proved to be the boss.

The Fox (NASDAQ:FOXB) release took in an estimated $49-M at its debut weekend, unseating Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to take the Top Spot at the domestic box office.

Paramount’s futuristic thriller Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson. Based on a Japanese manga, the film grossed an underwhelming $19-M as it settled into the 3rd spot in the rankings.

The PG-13 sci-fi film cost $110-M and was produced by Paramount, DreamWorks and Reliance Entertainment. It opened in more than 53 international markets at the weekend, ranking 2nd internationally as it collected $40.1-M for a global take of $59.1-M. Ghost is set to open in Japan and China this Friday.

The pic appealed to an older, male audience, with men comprising 61 percent of opening-weekend ticket buyers and 76 percent of the audience being over the age of 25.

On the international front, Beauty led all its competitors as it assembled $66.5-M from 56 territories, bringing its international total to $480.8-M as its global take heads toward the $900-M mark with $876.2-M box office to date.

Boss Baby, which opened in 3,773 theaters, performed above expectations that had pegged the movie as doing $30-M+-for the 3 days. The PG-rated, CG-animated movie is about a business-minded bossy baby who is on a secret mission to ensure babies get more love than puppies.

Boss Baby earned an A- CinemaScore, with moviegoers under 25 giving it a solid A. Families made up 67% of its audience, and it played to a diverse crowd.

Internationally, Boss Baby has taken in $59-M to date, bringing its worldwide total to $108-M. For the weekend frame, it ranked 3rd in foreign markets with $36.2% from 35 territories.

On the domestic front, it was the best opening for a DreamWorks movie since Y 2015’s friendly-alien picture Home.

Focus’ World War II drama The Zookeeper’s Wife attracted $3.3-M for a per-theater average of $6,191 and securing a foothold in the Top 10 with a 10th-place showing. The PG-13-rated period film revolves around how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved the lives of both humans and animals. It will expand into additional theaters this Friday.

Lionsgate’s (NYSE:LGF) Power Rangers dropped by 65% in its 2nd frame, grossing $14.5-M to bring its domestic total to $65.1-M as it took 4th.

In its 4th frame, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island ranked 5th as it took in $8.8-M, bringing its domestic tally to $147.8-M. Internationally, the film ranked 4th for the weekend, as it pulled in $34.6-M in 68 territories and its worldwide box office total grew to $477.3-M.

Fox’s Logan settled in at 6th place with $6.2 million and a domestic take of $211.9-M, while in 7th place Universal’s Get Out claimed another $5.8-M as its domestic box office grew to $156.9-M.

In its 2nd week, Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) Life managed just $5.6-M for a domestic box office of $22.4-M, and Warners’ CHIPS managed just $4.1-M for a total of $14.4-M.

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