Babies Rule at the Box Office

Monday , 3, April 2017 Leave a comment

Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of Donald Trump has given his career a bump and the actor’s good fortune continued this weekend. Baldwin supplies the voice of the title character in the animated feature THE BOSS BABY and it won the weekend with a solid $49 million gross. Critics were far from impressed by its confusing plotting, but audiences responded more favorably, earning the movie an A- Cinemascore.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST may no longer have the number one spot, but it hasn’t slowed down much. Adding another $47.5 million to a spectacular $395 million to date, the movie is almost doing STAR WARS/Marvel numbers and further cements Walt Disney’s reign at the top of the movie box office.

The struggling Paramount Pictures clearly had high hopes for their new live action version of GHOST IN THE SHELL. With spectacular visuals and proven action star Scarlett Johansson toplining, the movie looked like it could well spawn a franchise, something the company desperately needs to compete with the other majors. Alas, the movie seriously under-performed, grossing only $19 million. That is less than half of the star’s opening weekend from LUCY, which was rated R, compared to GHOST’s PG-13.

POWER RANGERS ranked 4th, dropping over 60%. That, plus a hefty production cost, does not bode well for further installments, unless the movie really delivers on the VOD and disc fronts.

KONG: SKULL ISLAND, LOGAN, GET OUT, LIFE, and CHiPS all finished above newcomer THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE, but that Jessica Chastain drama was on far fewer screens and performed admirably. Look for it to open wider in the next frame.

Next weekend will likely be fairly quiet. After that, the film to beat is THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, the greatly hyped 8th installment in Universal’s action franchise. Although we are only in April, FATE’s release can be seen as the true kickoff of the summer blockbuster season.

Data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.

THE BOSS BABY. Courtesy 20th Century Fox.

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