‘Boss Baby’ Stays in Charge, Edging ‘Beauty and the Beast’

In a tight battle, Fox’s animated comedy “The Boss Baby” is again edging “Beauty and the Beast” with about $26.6 million at the pre-Easter weekend box office in North America, estimates showed Saturday.

Disney’s fourth weekend of “Beauty and the Beast” will finish a close second with about $25.2 million at 4,210 venues in what will be the 10th-highest fourth weekend of all time. The North American haul for the live-action blockbuster will wind up at around $432.5 million. That’s just behind “E.T. — The Extraterrestrial” for the 14th spot on the all-time list.

Sony’s opening of the animated family film “Smurfs: The Lost Village” is heading for third with about $14.5 million at 3,610 locations. The film received an A+ CinemaScore from the under 18 demographic and A overall, giving hope that the blue creatures will show some holding power during final weeks of spring break.

New Line’s launch of senior-citizen heist comedy “Going in Style” is following in fourth with about $12.1 million at 3,061 sites — well above recent expectations, which had forecast a quiet finish around $8 million. Reviews have been mixed with a 43% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes but the budget for the reboot, starring Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, is a modest $25 million.

“The Boss Baby” grossed $6.9 million Friday while “Beauty and the Beast” charmed its way to $6.8 million. “Going in Style” took in $4.2 million on Friday, edging “Smurfs: The Lost Village” with $4.1 million… see more

source: variety.com

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