Weekend Wrap-Up

Boss Dumps Beauty From Top Spot

By John Hamann

April 2, 2017

The only good boss baby is one with this face.

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That pushes Disney's Beauty and the Beast down to second for the first time, but the blockbuster is doing fine regardless of ranking or the competition. In its third weekend, despite being seemingly already seen by every human on the planet, the live action musical still managed to earn $47.5 million and fell only 47% compared to last weekend. The Disney phenomenon records the sixth biggest third weekend of all time, coming in just behind the third frame of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which pulled in $49.6 million last Christmas. Spider-Man now has the seventh biggest third frame with $45 million. The domestic tally for Beauty has grown to an out of hand $395.5 million, as it will cross the $400 million mark on Monday, its 18th day. That ties it for sixth fastest, narrowly missing Rogue One's 16 days, and matching The Dark Knight's 18 days. Overseas, Beauty and the Beast is approaching the $500 million mark, and it should earn $1 billion in no time.

Third goes to our second opener, Ghost in the Shell, which misses slightly despite a huge marketing campaign and having one of the biggest female stars in the world above the title. The live-action remake of the animated classic earned only $19 million this weekend, as mixed reviews and cries of whitewashing may have held it back. Personally, the PG-13 held me back from buying a ticket, as this is not a film that should be PG. The $110 million Paramount release picked up only $7.7 million on Friday night, indicating that Paramount was in for a long walk if they hoped to get it to profitability. Overseas, it did better, earning $40 million. Paramount has to be disappointed with this result, even if they don't say it publicly.

What happened? To start, reviews weren't great at 42% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes, which may have put off the fanbase. Paramount had an embargo on reviews for the longest time as well, which never bodes well. Then, when the fanbase showed up on Friday night, they seemed to like it even less. The Cinemascore came in at an ugly B, which is going to kill this one with The Fate of the Furious coming on April 14th. The weekend gross likely didn't cover Scarlett Johansson's salary, who records her lowest open since Hail, Caesar! earned $11.4 million, and before that, Don Jon's $8.7 million in 2013. Ghost in the Shell cost $110 million, so this is going to have to hustle to work for Paramount.

Power Rangers is fourth, and expectedly dropped hard in its second weekend. The Lionsgate release earned $14.5 million in its second frame, falling 64%. Obviously, the demo and die hards showed up last weekend, and didn't come back. The one-two punch of The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast wouldn't have helped, either. The $100 million Lionsgate feature has now pulled in $65 domestically, and it has found another $32 million overseas.

Kong: Skull Island has another solid weekend in holding mode. The $185 million Paramount release picked up $8.8 million in its fourth weekend and fell 40%. Since opening, Kong has earned $147.8 million on the domestic side and a powerful $330 million overseas.


Logan is sixth, as the big hitter that started this renaissance drops 840 screens this weekend, but still holds decently. The Fox release earned $6.2 million and declined 40% in its fifth frame. That brings the domestic total up to $211.9 million, while the overseas amount has reached $374 million. Made for $97 million, Logan is a huge winner for Fox.

Get Out is seventh, as Jordan Peele's horror flick continues to do wonderful things. The Universal/Blumhouse flick earned $5.8 million in weekend six, and fell 34%. The $4.5 million release continues to outgross its budget on weekends, and has now earned $156.9 million stateside. It is also seeing screens overseas now, and has earned $10.3 million outside of North America.

Eighth and ninth goes to last weekend's openers that didn't work. Life is eighth, earning $5.6 million and falling 55%. The $58 million Sony release has picked up $22.4 million on the domestic side, and is thankful for $28 million overseas. Ninth is CHiPs, which earned only $4.1 million. It fell 48%, and has earned only $14.4 million to date.

In tenth is the small Focus Features release, The Zookeeper's Wife, with Jessica Chastain. This one looks like someone was thinking Oscar, but instead they ended up thinking April. Zookeeper earned $3.3 million, which is a solid score, considering it debuted on only 541 screens. It was the best reviewed film of the weekend, but still earned only a 59% rating at RottenTomatoes.

Overall, the top 12 films earned $166.9 million, much better than last year when the top 12 for the April 1st-3rd weekend picked up only $122.8 million, as Batman v Superman fell 69% in its second frame. Next weekend is a bit of a breather before The Fate of the Furious hits. Openers include The Smurfs: The Lost Village, which hopefully doesn't cause too many parents to hurt themselves, Going in Style, one of those geriatric comedies that suck, and The Case for Christ, and I am sure you can figure out what that one's about.

Top Weekend Box Office for 3/31/17-4/2/17 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Boss Baby Fox $49,000,000 New $49,000,000
2 Beauty And the Beast Disney $47,543,000 - 47% $395,459,000
3 Ghost in the Shell $19,000,000 New $19,000,000
4 Power Rangers Lionsgate $14,500,000 - 64% $65,062,000
5 Kong: Skull Island Warner Bros. $8,800,000 - 40% $147,848,000
6 Logan Fox $6,200,000 - 40% $211,867,000
7 Get Out Universal $5,813,000 - 34% $156,887,000
8 Life Sony $5,625,000 - 55% $22,400,000
9 CHiPs Warner Bros. $4,055,000 - 47% $14,367,000
10 The Zookeeper's Wife Focus Features $3,300,000 New $3,300,000
11 The Shack Lionsgate $2,170,000 - 44% $53,085,000
12 The LEGO Batman Movie Warner Bros. $800,000 - 62% $172,727,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Donnie Darko Newmarket Film Group $53,200 New $53,200
  Wilson FOX SEARCHLIGHT $115,000 - 66% $592,000
  Phillauri Fip $76,000 - 71% $421,000
  T2: Trainspotting Sony $400,000 + 3% $1,177,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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