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The Boss Baby tops US box office with $49 million

The Boss Baby

Story by Jack Foley

ANIMATED comedy The Boss Baby has topped the US box office ahead of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, which nevertheless remained strong on its third weekend.

The DreamWorks Animation title, featuring the voice of Alec Baldwin, took an estimated $49 million, just edging out Beauty‘s $48 million.

The figures marked a victory for both releases, which shows the power of animation and family-orientated titles to generate big box office.

In contrast, Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell bombed, taking in $19 million.

An adaptation of a popular Japanese manga about a cyber-enhanced warrior (played by Scarlett Johansson) who attempts to take on terrorist hackers, Ghost In The Shell marked another misfire at the box office for Paramount, who also have recent flops Allied and Ben-Hur on their books.

The film has been in trouble from the outset, though, following the casting of Johansson, which many viewed as a bad case of white-washing.

Internationally, the sci-fi title pulled in $40.1 million abroad from 50 foreign territories. But it has its work cut out to make back its $110 million budget.

Going back to the top of the chart, The Boss Baby actually over-performed over the weekend, having been given a lukewarm reception by critics and being projected to open more in the $30 million range.

Welcoming the figures, Chris Aronson, Fox’s head of domestic distribution, said: “The picture works because it’s a great concept and having Alec Baldwin, who is such as well known voice, voicing a baby is near genius.”

He also admitted to being shocked at the film’s critical reception: “I was shocked and still am. It’s nice when you have critics and audiences aligned, but it’s painful when you don’t get it. You wonder why do audiences like it so much and the reviewers don’t?”

Elsewhere, the news was still good for Beauty & The Beast even though it lost top spot. The film, now in its third weekend, has amassed a colossal $395.5 million in the US alone.

While Kong: Skull Island, in its fourth weekend ranked fifth, taking in a further $8.8 million to bring its US total to $147.8 million.

While Fox’s Logan took $6.2 million for a US haul of $211.9 million.

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