Weekend Box Office: ‘The Boss Baby’ Continues to Soar as ‘Smurfs 3’ Falls Flat
The family-friendly holdovers The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast easily beat the third installment in Sony’s animated series, Smurfs: The Lost Village, which falls flat with a $14 million debut.
DreamWorks’ latest, which took in $26.3 million, remained in the #1 spot for a second weekend in a row, while Disney’s latest came in second place with $25 million in its third weekend.
Lost Village, a fully animated reboot for the franchise, reportedly cost $60 million to make and is about 40% less expensive than its predecessors, which each cost more than $100 million. The interest in the big screen adventures of the creatures apparently has waned with each sequel — the first film, 2011’s The Smurfs, opened to $35 million, and The Smurfs 2 kicked off with $17 million (the first two titles were CGI/live-action hybrids).
Demi Lovato, Danny Pudi, Julia Roberts, Jack McBrayer, and Joe Manganiello are among the voice cast and Kelly Asbury directed. The film nabbed an A CinemaScore from audiences.
The second-best performing new release was New Line and Village Roadshow’s ensemble comedy Going in Style, starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Christopher Lloyd and Ann-Margret. Directed by Zach Braff, the low-budget remake of a 1979 comedy of the same name pulled in $12.5 million. The movie, coming in fourth place, received an average B+ CinemaScore.
Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell landed in the fifth spot with a little over $7.3 million for a disappointing 10-day domestic tally of $31.5 million. Plus, the film’s opening weekend in China managed just $20.3 million.
Pure Flix’s faith-based drama The Case for Christ opened up in tenth place with $3.9 million from 1,174 theaters. Nabbing an A+ CinemaScore, the movie stars Mike Vogel and Faye Dunaway.
In limited release, the Chris Evans‘ dramedy Gifted (Fox Searchlight) opened to $476,000 in 56 locations, while the World War II drama Their Finest (EuropaCorp Films) did a pretty strong $77,000 from just four screens. It stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy. However, the big winner was Colossal (A24), grossing $124,809 for a screen average of $31,452 the best average of all films currently in release. The film stars Anne Hathaway as a woman who battles a Godzilla-like creature in South Korea.
1. The Boss Baby — $26.3 million ($89.3 mil.)
2. Beauty and the Beast — $25 million ($432.3 mil.)
3. Smurfs: The Lost Village — $14 million
4. Going in Style — $12.5 million
5. Ghost in the Shell — $7.3 million ($31.5 mil.)
6. Power Rangers — $6.2 million ($75.1 mil.)
7. Kong: Skull Island — $5.8 million ($156.5 mil.)
8. Logan — $4.05 million ($218 mil.)
9. Get Out — $4.02 million ($162.8 mil.)
10. The Case for Christ — $3.9 million
Next week we’ll see Universal’s money-making machine, The Fate of the Furious, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 a few weeks later.