‘Boss Baby’ Still in Charge of the Box Office as ‘Smurfs’ Stumble

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Alec Baldwin’s Boss Baby is in charge of the North American box office for a second week, keeping The Smurfs from number one.

The animated film, featuring Baldwin as a suit-wearing infant, hauled in $26 million over the weekend to take its domestic tally to almost $90 million.

Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, featuring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, stays put at two on the new box office countdown, while another family-friendly film, Smurfs: The Lost Village, debuts at three with $14 million.

Beauty & the Beast, which is close to hitting the $1 billion mark globally after just a month on release, has hit $432 million in North America alone.

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Meanwhile, the new Smurfs movie, which features the voices of Demi Lovato and Joe Manganiello, just dents the top three with a disappointing opening weekend, raking in $13 million.

The first two Smurfs movies made $563 million and $347.5 million around the world in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

Studio bosses are hoping spring break in America and the upcoming Easter weekend will help to swell the lackluster debut figures.

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Zach Braff‘s new film Going in Style, which stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin as unlikely bank robbers, and Scarlett Johansson’s critically-panned Ghost in the Shell rounds out the new top five.

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 mark, but impressed with $12.5 million. That’s exactly half the movie’s budget.

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