'Ghost in the Shell' gets beaten by a 'Boss Baby'


Beauty and the Beast has been toppled from the number one spot after a two-week reign, its $47.5 million weekend haul bringing its domestic total to a whopping $395.4 million domestic, $877 million worldwide. No surprises here. The surprise is that Disney’s live-action remake was pushed to the runner-up spot not by Ghost in the Shell, but by The Boss Baby, which overperformed to the tune of $49 million.

Meanwhile, Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell absolutely tanked, bringing in only $19 million on 3,440 screens. By comparison, The Boss Baby’s screen count was only 333 higher, giving it a per-theatre average of more than twice its beleaguered new release companion. Internationally, Ghost in the Shell brought in $40.1 million in international markets, bringing its worldwide total to $59.1 million against a reported $110 million budget. In order to wind up in the black, Paramount will have to hope for good news from Japan and China, where the film will open this Friday.

In the fourth position, we have last week’s runner-up Power Rangers (weekend gross $14.5 million, total gross $65 million), which had a steep 64% drop from last weekend’s $40.3 million opening. Kong: Skull Island rounded out the top five with $8.8 million (total gross $147.8 million) in its third weekend.

Opening in 541 theatres, The Zookeeper’s Wife snuck into the top ten with a healthy $3.3 million; Focus Features will expand to several hundred more screens this weekend. Among limited releases, ChinaLion’s The Devotion of Suspect X opened to $333,000 on 43 screens; a re-release of Richard Kelly’s cult classic Donnie Darko earned $53,200 on 21 screens; and doc David Lynch: The Art Life pulled in $12,126 on a single screen.