dglobalnews.com 'Boss Baby,' 'Beauty' outshine 'Smurfs 3' at box office
Published: Mon, April 10, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

'Boss Baby,' 'Beauty' outshine 'Smurfs 3' at box office

'Boss Baby,' 'Beauty' outshine 'Smurfs 3' at box office

The Boss Baby added $26.3 million (£21.2 million) in its second weekend, taking first place and bringing its North American total to $89.4 (£72.2 million) million.

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" continues to draw huge crowds with an estimated 25 million USA dollars fourth weekend performance as it rides a wave of continued audience enthusiasm and support for a 24-day total of 432.3 million US dollars. The third place trophy goes to Zach Braff's Going in Style remake at $4.2 million, which narrowly passed Smurfs: The Lost Village's $4.1 million.

Fox and DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby topped the weekend box office for a second week in a row, once again leading Disney's Beauty and the Beast over the course of what felt like a placeholder weekend as far as new releases are concerned.

The fairy tale, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, has conjured up a magical $432.3 million domestically and a huge trawl of $977.4 million globally, well on its way to $1 billion.

In this image released by Warner Bros.

"The Boss Baby" grossed $6.9 million Friday while "Beauty and the Beast" charmed its way to $6.8 million.

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Smurfs: Lost Village, placing No. 3, was meant to reinvigorate the franchise after Smurfs 2 earned $347.5 million worldwide in 2013, far less than the $563.7 million global tally scored by The Smurfs in 2011 (the first two titles were CGI/live-action hybrids).

But Sony, which had been banking on the cuddly appeal of the blue munchkins in "Smurfs: The Lost Village", faced disappointing numbers.

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. It cost just $24 million to produce.

The faith-based drama "The Case for Christ" also launched with $3.9 million from 1,174 theaters.

The box office beast also added another $36 million overseas this weekend to bring its worldwide total to $545 million, putting it just $23 million away from hitting the $1 billion global benchmark. The Focus Features film, starring Jessica Chastain, grossed a muted $2.9 million for a 10-day domestic total of $7.6 million.

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