Weekend Box Office Report: The baby is boss again as Ghost in the Shell tanks

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This weekend past saw round two of the 2v1 battle between a beauty/beast duo and a baby… And the baby won again! Yes, The Boss Baby, Dreamworks’ latest animated film which sees Alec Baldwin voicing a suited toddler, has once again ended in the top spot at the US box office in its second week. Just like on its debut last week, The Boss Baby just barely beat out 2017’s current box office kingpin Beauty and the Beast, as the former notched up $26.3 million to the latter’s $25 million. With Beauty and the Beast currently sitting at $977 million worldwide – the biggest total of the year thus far – I doubt Disney will mind too much.

As far as wide-release newcomers on the charts this week are concerned, Smurfs: The Lost Village led the way as it opened with $14 million. This was fully in line with its Smurfy expectations, which was actually a bit higher than the previous films in the series. This film was followed closely by Going in Style, a light comedy fronted by a trio of popular veterans in Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin. The film opened with $12.5 million, which is exactly half of its production budget and actually above industry predictions. Looks like there’s still box office life in these old dogs. Bringing up the tail end of the charts was faith-based drama which actually made back its $3 million budget and some change with a $3.9 million opening.

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The only other noteworthy piece of news on the charts is unfortunately not good news though, as live-action anime adaptation Ghost in the Shell saw its box office woes deepen even further. With mixed reviews and mired in its casting controversy, Ghost in the Shell already flopped in the US with a soft $18.7 million debut last week. This week though saw things get properly catastrophic as the film had a 60% drop in revenue for a $7.3 million sophomore session.

Even with the $92 million it has also picked up on the international front, Ghost in the Shell is still only sitting on a $124 million global take. With a $110 million production price tag, as well as an undisclosed marketing budget (estimates put it at around an additional $70 million – $80 million), it’s predicted that the film could be at least a $60 million write-off for Paramount.

Let’s see what the rest of the US box office chart looks like:

No.Movie Name Weekend gross Percentage change Domestic gross Worldwide gross Last Week's Position
1Boss Baby $26.3 million -47.6% $89.37 million $59 million $199.74 million 1st
2Beauty and the Beast $25 million -44.9% $432.31 million $977.41 million 2nd
3Smurfs: The Lost Village $14 million NA $14 million $56.11 million NE
4Going in Style $12.5 million NA $12.5 million $16.8 million NE
5Ghost in the Shell $7.35 million -60.6% $31.57 million $124.37 million 3rd
6Power Rangers $6.21 million -56.2% $75.11 million $117.21 million 4th
7Kong: Skull Island $5.82 million -32.2% $156.55 million $534.35 million 5th
8Logan $4.05 million -33.7% $218.05 million $596.64 million 7th
9Get Out $5.81 million -34.3% $156.58 million $176.55 million 6th
10The Case for Christ $3.9 million NA $3.9 million NA NE
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(NA = Not Applicable, NE = New Entry)

Last Updated: April 10, 2017

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Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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