'Boss Baby' Stays in Charge, Edging 'Beauty and the Beast'

Alec Baldwin

Featuring the voices of Demi Lovato and Joe Manganiello as the little blue Smurfs, it did far better in the rest of the world where it picked up $42 million for a total just over $56 million.

Meanwhile, Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, crossed the $400 million mark domestically earlier in the week, and then it added another $25 million (down 45%) over the weekend, remaining in second place to The Boss Baby.

Disney's live action Beauty And The Beast continued to enchant audiences, earning $25 million in its fourth week to take second place. In four weeks, Disney's live-action fairy tale has earned $432.3 million domestically.

For the second straight weekend, the tie-wearing toddler of "The Boss Baby" nosed out Disney´s "Beauty and the Beast" at North American box offices, while the new "Smurf" movie came in a distant and disappointing third, according to industry estimates. Its earnings were worse than the 2013 opening of "Smurfs 2", which went on to gross $347.5 million worldwide despite a $17.5 million debut and a heftier $105 million price tag.

Sony maintains that Lost Village can still find its way, thanks to spring break and the upcoming Easter holiday.

In this image released by Warner Bros.

The buddy comedy Going In Style, starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin, opened in fourth place with $12.5 million (£10.1 million). Ann-Margret and Matt Dillon also star in Going in Style, which had been expected to open to $8 million. "The Case for Christ", from Pure Flix, placed 10th.

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. It will wind up this weekend with almost $90 million in its first 10 days.

Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway as a woman who battles a Godzilla-like creature in South Korea, opened in four theaters in NY and Los Angeles, grossing an estimated $130,000 for a screen average of $32,500, the best of the weekend.

STX Entertainment's critically acclaimed British romantic comedy Their Finest, starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy, debuted to $77,000 from four theaters in L.A. and NY for a screen average of $19,250.


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