‘The Boss Baby’ Surprises as ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Disappoints at Box Office

‘The Boss Baby’ Surprises as ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Disappoints at Box Office

Estimates thought Disney’s Beauty and the Beast would three-peat as No. 1 at the box office with The Boss Baby set to under-perform. However, the first estimates of this weekend are in (via Box-Office Mojo) and it seems we underestimated Dreamworks Animation. The Boss Baby narrowly bested Beauty and the Beast by earning an estimated $49M compared to Beauty and the Beast’s $47.5M. With pre-weekend tracking pegging The Boss Baby for an opening around the $30M-35M mark, this is quite an upset. Its $49M figure ranks it as the tenth biggest opening in Dreamworks’ history (ahead of Kung Fu Panda 2‘s $47.6M). While it’s not game-changing, Dreamworks will be happy with this result. All that remains to be seen is how the film performs week-on-week, especially since its had pretty weak reviews and will face direct competition next weekend from The Smurfs: The Lost Village.

While no estimates saw Ghost in the Shell winning the weekend or even coming in 2nd, the most optimistic projections had it opening at around the $30M mark. But the actual number will be of some concern to Paramount Pictures, as it only opened to an estimated $19M. Paramount Pictures courted star Scarlett Johansson as their lead in the face of a white-washing controversy, but it seems that her star-power did little to help the movie, especially when compared to her last big film as a lead; 2014’s Lucy which opened to $43M. That strong opening for Lucy is even more impressive when you take into account the fact that it was an original movie not based on a pre-existing material like Ghost in the Shell was adapted by a Japanese Manga and Anime. Lucy was also R-Rated, whereas Ghost in the Shell is PG-13.

Power Rangers fell to No. 4 and suffered the biggest drop in the Top 10 falling 64% to earn $14.5M. While its opening last weekend may have given Lionsgate optimism to make further sequels, as the film starts to lose momentum those dreams are fading fast. At No. 5 Kong: Skull Island fell 40% to earn $8.8M for a domestic total of $147M and a worldwide total approaching $500M. Newcomer The Zookeeper’s Wife opened at No. 10 with an estimated $3.3M, which is quite a success considering that it opened in limited release and only has a production budget of $20M. Expect the film to get a wider release next weekend.

Next weekend will see lots of competition vying for No. 1 with The Smurfs: The Lost Village directly facing holdovers The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast. We also have the crime comedy caper Going In Style which should offer solid counter-programming as there’s really nothing like it in the U.S. box office right now.

IMAGES: Dreamworks Animation, Paramount Pictures & Focus Features

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William Carlisle is a features writer at GeekFeed. He is the host and co-host of the Film Brits Podcast and the Movie Mania Podcast respectively and has also written for Geekvision.tv and Noises Off!.
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