"Boss Baby" tops North American box office for second weekend

Weekend box office: The Smurfs can't beat Boss Baby or Beauty and the Beast

Weekend box office: The Smurfs can't beat Boss Baby or Beauty and the Beast

Still, putting out another animated film the weekend after "Boss Baby" seemed like a suicidal move, which is why predictions for the third "Smurfs" movie were only in the high teens. "Boss Baby" added $26.3 million in its second weekend, bringing its North American total to $89.4 million. Back then, "The Smurfs" gained $563.7 million worldwide, while "Smurfs 2" made a global total of $347.5 million. The Beauty and the Beast followed in second with $36 million. Disney's Beauty and the Beast came in second. In four weeks, Disney's live-action fairy tale has earned $432.3m domestically.

All of which is to say that the box office belonged, on this early April weekend, to that most nebulous of genres, the family film. That being said, there's little doubt in my mind that Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, and Morgan Freeman were the reason people are showing up for a movie I was certain would die a slow death at the box office.

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The animated film, made by Comcast Corp.'s DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 21st Century Fox Inc.'s film division, took in an estimated $26.3 million in US and Canadian theaters, researcher ComScore Inc. said Sunday in an emailed statement. Considering that "The Lost Village" was meant to revitalize the franchise after the success of 2011's "The Smurfs" and 2013's "The Smurfs 2", the cume was not as spectacular as expected.

Going in Style, a remake of a 1979 heist film, was the weekend's big surprise - it was expected to open around the $8 million (GBP6.5 million) mark, but impressed with $12.5 million (GBP10 million).

Finally, in the fifth spot, there's Ghost in the Shell with $2.1 million, which will actually have to struggle to keep itself in the top five this week. So there's no reason to believe that THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS won't do as much or more as FURIOUS 7, which puts the opening number at $147 million. "Get Out", $4 million ($162.9 million) 10.

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