Sunday, April 2, 2017

Weekend Box-Office: BOSS BABY Dethrones BEAUTY AND THE BEAST


It was a tight trace, but it looks like "The Boss Baby" managed to knock Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" off the top spot at the box-office, as Paramount's "Ghost in the Shell" performed below expectations. 

Find out more about the weekend box office after the jump.

"The Boss Baby" claimed the #1 spot with $49 million in its opening weekend, the tenth largest opening for a DreamWorks Animation film, below "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and "Home". The film also scored $59 million from 42 international markets, and there are still 44 other countries awaiting its release. "The Boss Baby" received an "A-" from CinemaScore's opening day polls, while critics gave it generally mixed reviews (49% on Rotten Tomatoes and 50 on Metacritic).

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" dropped to second place and grossed $47.5 million over the weekend. The epic remake has now grossed $395.4 million domestically after 17 days in release, and another $480.8 million from foreign markets.

In third place we have Paramount's new release, the sci-fi actioner "Ghost in the Shell", which fell below industry expectations and grossed a modest $19 million over the weekend. So much for thinking a PG-13 rating helps at the box-office. Compared to "John Wick", "Deadpool" and "Logan", a case could be made that R-rated movies can earn a lot of money, if studios would worry less about making things "audience-friendly", and more about creating good and original stories. The film also had to face a controversy regarding the "whitewashing" of its Japanese characters, but I doubt it could have been a reason for its weak debut. The film grossed an additional $40.1 million from 50 other countries, but it's still a poor performance considering it cost $110 million to produce, which doesn't include marketing costs. "Ghost in the Shell" scored a so-so "B" grade from CinemaScore and was met with mixed to negative reviews from critics (42% on Rotten Tomatoes and 53 on Metacritic).

At #4, last week's new arrival, the "Power Rangers" reboot collapsed this week by 64% from its opening weekend. It grossed $14.5 million, raising its domestic cume to $65 million, but with only $32.7 million grossed overseas and a $100 million budget, it might still be too early to green-light that sequel.

"Kong: Skull Island" rounds up the Top 5 with $8.8 million over the weekend. The film has grossed $147.8 million domestically and another $329.5 million from international markets.

Finishing the weekend at the bottom of the Top 10 is another new release, Focus Features' "The Zookeeper's Wife". The film made a strong debut, grossing $3.3 million from just 541 theaters, and the numbers could go up next week when it expands nationwide.

New Wide Releases: "Ghost in the Shell", "The Boss Baby", "The Zookeeper's Wife".

Biggest Drop : "Power Rangers" (-67%)

Smallest Drop : "Get Out" (-34%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 The Boss Baby $49M $49M $59M $125M
2 Beauty and the Beast $47.5M $395.4M $480.8M $160M
3 Ghost in the Shell $19M $19M $40.1M $110M
4 Power Rangers $14.5M $65M $32.7M $100M
5 Kong: Skull Island $8.8M $147.8M $329.5M $185M
6 Logan $6.2M $211.8M $373M $97M
7 Get Out $5.8M $156.8M $10.3M $4.5M
8 Life $5.6M $22.3M $28.6M $58M
9 CHiPs $4M $14.3M $3.9M $25M
10 The Zookeeper's Wife $3.3M $3.3M $0.1M $20M


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