It was a close race for the top spot, but DreamWorks Animation managed to pull off a surprising upset and dethrone the great Disney at the box office this weekend.
Coming in first is the new family film The Boss Baby (read our review), which brought in an impressive $49 million in its first three days. It was able to greatly surpass the expectations going into its premiere, taking advantage of a rather barren landscape for this kind of kid-friendly fare. There hadn't been a major animated movie playing in theaters since The LEGO Batman Movie opened back in February, so it filled a void in some respects. Though the overall reception wasn't exactly glowing, Boss Baby was able to overcome the mixed reviews and become the latest example for why one should never bet against family flicks.
That said, it's unlikely The Boss Baby's time on top is long. Next weekend sees the release of Smurfs: The Lost Village, which will obviously be going after the same target audience. It's true Smurfs is a reboot, moving away from the continuity established by the two live-action/animation hybrids, but that duology was quite successful, showing the Smurfs have some drawing power at the box office. Even the comedy of Alec Baldwin as a talking baby may not be able to measure up to that, so it will be interesting to see how Boss Baby holds up as its run continues. Regardless, this is a great start for DreamWorks.
Falling to second after two weeks atop the charts is Beauty and the Beast. Disney's latest remake brought in $47.5 million, raising its domestic total to $395.4 million. It is now the highest-grossing of the Mouse House's retellings of their animated classics.
Debuting in a very distant third is the anime adaptation Ghost in the Shell (read our review), which earned just $19 million in its opening weekend. Despite the star presence of Scarlett Johansson, the movie could not find a sizable audience and faltered commercially. In the months leading up to its release, Ghost in the Shell was marred by a whitewashing controversy that it could not overcome, but the film's problems go beyond just that. For starters, the critical reception was decidedly mixed, so those unfamiliar with the property had little incentive to check it out in theaters. Additionally, an argument can be made that the source material is not the best known in America, so it had little pull in that respect.
If Paramount is to turn a profit from their $110 million investment, they are going to need a massive showing at the international markets. Ghost in the Shell is soft there as well, given the worldwide total is currently just $59.1 million. However, it has yet to open in China and Japan (it premieres in those countries on April 7), so there's still an outside chance it can make most of its money back. In terms of the domestic box office, though, the movie is pretty much a non-starter and will only fade out from here - especially with The Fate of the Furious looking to dominate the marketplace in just a couple of weeks.
The #4 film is Power Rangers, which dropped 64 percent in its second weekend to make $14.5 million. That's a pretty hefty decline for the hopeful franchise starter, indicating that it is not going to have strong legs during its run. To date, the film has grossed $65 million in the U.S. Perhaps disappointingly for Lionsgate, a majority of its global earnings have come from the States, as the worldwide total is a meager $97.7 million. The studio may want to pump the breaks on their proposed six-film saga for the time being and play things on a movie-by-movie basis.
Rounding out the top five is Kong: Skull Island. In its fourth weekend, the MonsterVerse installment made $8.8 million and now stands at $147.8 million domestically.
In sixth is Logan with $6.2 million. The final Wolverine film increased its domestic total to $211.8 million.
Get Out comes in seventh, earning $5.8 million in its sixth weekend. Jordan Peele's directorial debut has now grossed $156.8 million in the States.
In eighth is Life with $5.6 million. The sci-fi/horror film raised its domestic haul to $22.3 million.
The #9 film this week is CHIPS. The action/comedy earned $4 million in its second weekend to raise its Stateside total to only $14.3 million.
Capping off the top 10 is new release The Zookeeper's Wife, which opened in a limited number of locations. The drama earned $3.3 million, proving to be a nice counter-programming option for those living in areas that received it.
[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 3 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo