The Boss Baby‘s second weekend was about twice as big as the opening of Smurfs: The Lost Village and more than enough to stay in 1st, once again besting Beauty and the Beast.
DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby made $26.4 million in its second weekend, down 47.5% from last week. That gets the animation to $89.4 million after 10 days, which is already more than I thought this would do over its entire box office run in the US. So far The Boss Baby sticks pretty close to some of the studio’s recent titles like Home ($95.2 million in 10 days, finished with $177.4 million domestically), Trolls ($93.9 million in 10 days, $153.7 million total) or even How to Train Your Dragon 2 ($94.6 million in 10 days, $177 million total), while also beating Kung Fu Panda 3 ($69.3 million in 10 days, $143.5 million). When all will be said and done The Boss Baby will probably land between $140 million and $150 million in the US. That’s a good result (helped by promising international numbers) for this $125 million animation.
Beauty and the Beast came in 2nd with $23.7 million, off by 47.9%. At the rate this is going, $430.9 million in 24 days, Beauty and the Beast might finish just shy of $500 million domestically. That is unless it starts dropping in the 40-30% range instead of the 47-49% it keeps getting now. That’s not to say $490-495 million in the US would be anything to cry home about, but with the way this started I thought $500 million was definitely happening. Like I said before, it could still get there, although it’s a lot less likely now than it was two weeks ago. On the other hand at some point this week Beauty and the Beast should become the first 2017 release to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.
Smurfs: The Lost Village opened in 3rd with an underwhelming $13.2 million, a new low for Sony’s Smurfs. This is also a new low for Sony Pictures Animation (excluding their two collaborations with Aardman Animation) and I bet that’s not what Sony had in mind when they decided to move ahead with another Smurfs movie. The Lost Village will probably have to settle for $40-50 million in the US.
Going in Style got off to a $11.9 million start in 4th. Good start for this $25 million comedy and it’s the kind of movie that could have long legs at the box office. I think $40+ million sounds about right here.
Ghost in the Shell rounds out the top 5 with $7.3 million after losing 60.9% from its disappointing opening weekend. After 10 days the manga and anime inspired film raised only $31.5 million in the US. With those domestic numbers the only way Ghost in the Shell can cover its $110 million budget is by making several times more internationally ($92.8 million as we speak, okay start but still not even close to enough).
Lastly The Case of Christ made $4 million in 10th.