'The Boss Baby' repeats over slow weekend

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It was a quiet weekend at the box office, with two poorly reviewed new releases—Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going in Style—out-earned by a pair of holdovers. At the top of the heap was reigning champ The Boss Baby, dropping 47.6% from last week’s debut to come in at $26.3 million (total gross $89.3 million). The runner-up position went to Beauty and the Beast, which earned $25 million in its fourth week. That brings its domestic total to $432.3 million and its worldwide cume to $977.4 million, putting it in a position to become the first 2017 release to top the $1 billion mark sometime in the next few days.

Smurfs: The Lost Village performed about on par with industry expectations with its $14 million opening.This marks a continued diminishing of returns for the franchise, the first two installments of which opened to $35.6 million and $17.5 million.

Also new to theatres in wide release was heist comedy Going in Style, the modest $12.5 opening of which marks a bump from single-digit expected earnings. Ghost in the Shell rounded out the top five with $7.3 million (total gross $31.5 million), representing a 60.6% drop from last weekend’s debut. Sneaking into the top ten was The Case for Christ, which earned $3.9 million on 1,174 screens. The faith-based drama should suffer a relatively modest drop next weekend, with the Easter holiday drawing the faithful in.

If there’s nothing particularly impressive about the top five this weekend, we can find some good news among specialty releases. Colossal, released by Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League and Tom Quinn’s new distributor Neon, had the weekend’s highest per-theatre average, earning $125,809 on four screens for a PTA of $31,452. The anime Your Name, which broke records in Japan upon its release last year, came in at spot number eight with $1.6 million on 303 screens. Also new to theatres were Their Finest ($77,000 on four screens), Gifted ($476,000 on 56 screens), Truman ($25,000 on three screens), Graduation ($11,040 on two screens) and The Eyes ($2,100 on a single screen).