'Boss Baby' Destroys 'Smurfs: Lost Village' with $26-M

Tomas Mccoy
April 13, 2017

From far away, one might expect families to pack in for the latest animated picture after both Beauty and the Beast and The Boss Baby had their weekends in the sun, but this looks to be the time for babies voiced by Alec Baldwin.

The live-action remake, 'Beauty and the Beast, ' repeated as the close runner-up, taking in $25-million. In four weeks, Disney's live-action fairy tale has earned $432.3m domestically. We gave the very same grade to Smurfs: The Lost Village, which landed in third place with a wholly anticipated $14 million. This would not necessarily be a head-turner if not for the fact that this weekend saw a major kids franchise - Smurfs - put out a new title, Smurfs: The Lost Village. The animated film features the voices of Demi Lovato and Rainn Wilson in a story about Smurfette and her friends in a race through the Forbidden Forest.

OG buddy comedy Going In Style, starring Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin as pals out to take revenge on the bank that lost their retirement money, opened in fourth with $12.5 million. Then there was Zach Braff's GOING IN STYLE, which did pretty well for what it is and is easily Braff's biggest opening.

For more detailed numbers, visit Box Office Mojo. On average, DreamWorks Animation films cost as much as $135 million to make and $65 million to market, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. (Preaching to the choir pays off, go figure.) Otherwise, it was a crowded but quiet weekend at the movies, with modest bows for Gifted ($476,000 in 56 theaters), Colossal ($125,000 in four theaters), Their Finest ($77,000 in four theaters), and Graduation ($11,000 on two screens).

At the specialty box office, Niki Caro's The Zookeeper's Wife expanding into a total of 804 theaters after a limited debut last weekend.

EuropaCorp and STX Entertainment's critically acclaimed British romantic comedy Their Finest debuted to $77,000 from 4 theaters in Los Angeles and NY for a screen average of $19,250.

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