In a slow weekend at the box office, the holdovers reigned supreme while the newcomers struggled to make much of an impact.
Repeating in the top spot is The Boss Baby, which made $26.3 million in its second weekend. That’s a 47.6 percent drop-off from its debut, a strong hold that shows audiences were still interested in the latest from DreamWorks Animation. The film received some direct competition for its target demographic in the form of Smurfs: The Lost Village, but Boss Baby opened so high last week, it stood a strong chance to win again. It has now made $89.3 million domestically.
In second once more is Beauty and the Beast. Disney’s live-action remake of their animated classic brought in $25 million, raising its domestic total to a whopping $432.3 million Stateside. It’s already the 15th highest-grossing film on the all-time domestic charts and conceivably could finish in the top 10 by the time its run is over. Beauty is also currently at $977.4 million worldwide, meaning it’s only a matter of time before it crosses the $1 billion plateau.
Debuting in third place is Smurfs: The Lost Village (read our review), which mustered $14 million in its first three days. That figure is lower than 2013’s disappointing The Smurfs 2, a result that encouraged Sony to reboot this property from the ground up. Despite being a more faithful, fully animated take on the source material, there clearly wasn’t much demand for a third modern Smurfs movie. Not only did the critical reception hurt its overall commercial appeal, The Boss Baby surpassing expectations meant there wouldn’t be much interest in another kids movie in two weeks. Timing was probably the largest culprit, since Boss Baby was the film of choice for the juice box crowd.
This isn’t the start Sony was hoping for, but there is some light at the end of the tunnel. As has been the case several times in history, the international box office could be a saving grace for The Lost Village. Its global total stands at $56.1 million against a $60 million budget, so it’s almost made its production costs back. There’s still a long way to go before it reaches its break even point though, meaning the franchise might be over for the time being.
In fourth this week is the new comedy Going in Style (read our review), starring Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin as a group of senior citizens that rob a bank. The film made $12.5 million in its first three days, which was in line with expectations. Nobody thought this would be a breakout hit, as it played mostly to a specific niche (older moviegoers) and didn’t have much appeal beyond that. If the overall reception had been better, it may have found more traction as a counter-programming option out of the gate. Given the target audience, there’s a chance it has decent legs throughout the rest of April, which would be good for Warner Bros. since the budget was only $25 million.
Rounding out the top five is Ghost in the Shell, which fell 60.6 percent in its second weekend to gross just $7.3 million. Its domestic total is now $31.5 million, which obviously is not what Paramount wanted.
The #6 film is Power Rangers with $6.2 million. The reboot raised its U.S. haul to $75.1 million.
Kong: Skull Island comes in seventh with $5.8 million, increasing its domestic total to $156.5 million.
In eighth is Logan. Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine swan song brought in $4 million during its sixth weekend to raise its domestic total to $218 million.
Coming in ninth is Get Out with $4 million. The year’s breakout horror hit continues to perform well at the box office and has now made $162.8 million in the States.
Capping off the top 10 is new religious drama The Case for Christ. During its opening weekend, the film made $3.9 million at 1,174 locations, a nice total for a film with limited awareness and appeal. With the Easter holiday around the corner, the target audience came out to support it, and it might be able to stick around through next week.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, April 10 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo