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The Boss Baby remains on top in US as Smurfs: The Lost Village bombs

The Boss Baby

Story by Jack Foley

ANIMATED holdover The Boss Baby has remained on top of the US box office for a second weekend at the expense of Smurfs: The Lost Village, which bombed.

The Boss Baby, featuring the voice of Alec Baldwin, took a healthy $26.3 million in its sophomore run, hitting $89.4 million in the US alone. Overseas, it is also going well, with $37.5 million from 46 markets for a foreign tally of $110.4 million. It now sits just shy of $200 million worldwide.

By comparison, Smurfs: The Lost Village suffered one of the worst starts in recent memory for an animated offering from a major Hollywood studio, landing just $14 million.

The figure marks another blow for Sony, which has suffered several misfires of late. But the film did open in a crowded marketplace for family releases – aside from The Boss Baby, the Smurfs also had to contend with the continued success of Disney juggernaut Beauty & The Beast, which continued to do strong business with another $25 million (for a US tally of $432.3 million).

The live-action fairytale is now just days away from jumping the $1 billion mark globally after finishing Sunday with a global haul of $977.4 million.

Commenting on The Smurfs figure, Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer told The Hollywood Reporter: “It opened in a realm that was acceptable to us. Between an A+ Cinemascore from those under 18 and heading into Easter week, we think it has real opportunity. The movie was made for less than half the last one [$60 million] and we anticipate it being profitable.”

Elsewhere in the US, Warner Bros.’ Going in Style, starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin, opened well ahead of expectations with $12.5 million. More than 70% of the audience was over the age of 50.

Directed by Zach Braff, the $25 million movie is a remake of a 1979 heist film and follows three retirees as they decide to rob a bank when their pensions go belly-up. The movie opened in fourth spot, behind the three family films.

The weekend’s third new nationwide offering, The Case For Christ, placed tenth with just $3.9 million. The faith-based drama tells the real-life story of a self-avowed atheist and journalist who sets out to disprove his wife’s newfound Christian faith.

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