In the run up to the summer blockbuster season, Dreamworks’ animated feature THE BOSS BABY repeated at the top of the box office this weekend, pulling in another $26.3 million. Disney’s hugely successful live-action remake of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST continues to chug along, adding another $25 million to its overflowing coffers. When overseas totals are factored in, the film is only $23 million away from passing the $1 billion mark.
This week’s new offerings did not make much of a mark. After the second of their expensive SMURFS movies underperformed, Sony decided to go back to the property’s fully animated roots with SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE. The $60 million production did a middling $14 million.
The remake of 1979’s GOING IN STYLE also pulled in fair numbers with $12.5 million, adhering to modest industry expectations. In light of its low budget ($25 million), Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema are likely happy with the results, but expect this one to have a longer and more profitable life on VOD and disc. Pureflix’s Christian drama THE CASE FOR CHRIST brought in $3.9 million, while the Japanese animated feature YOUR NAME. did well in limited release.
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, the 8th entry in Universal’s action juggernaut, arrives in time for the Easter long weekend and will clearly outpace everything. Not surprisingly, none of the other major studios are opening anything new next frame. In fact, unless the schedule changes, there is only one other big studio offering, Warner Brothers’ thriller UNFORGETTABLE, coming before May. That product vacuum is being filled by a number of indie pictures opening in limited release as alternative programming.
Titles to watch for in the weeks to come include Disney/Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Vol. 2 (May 5), KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD and SNATCHED (both May 12), and ALIEN: COVENANT, THE DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, and EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING (all May 19).
Data courtesy of Box Office Mojo.