The first weekend in April offered us two major-releases, the animated-comedy “The Boss Baby,” and the live-action adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell”. While these films battled it out in theaters across the country, the adaptation of “The Zookeeper’s Wife” also debuted in select theaters. All three of these new films will have to contend with two major-releases next weekend, as the heist-comedy “Going in Style,” and “Smurfs: The Lost Village” are set to hit theaters nationwide.
“The Boss Baby,” from FOX, was able to topple Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” this week. The new animated-comedy grossed over $49M for the studio, opening across 3,773 locations. “The Boss Baby” was directed by Tom McGrath, and features the voice talents of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel and Tobey Maguire.
“Beauty and the Beast” dropped to second-place overall this week, pulling-in over $47.5M, while remaining in 4,210 locations. The live-action remake has now grossed over $395M domestically, all in just three-weeks. “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” was directed by Bill Condon, working off a screenplay written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. The film stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci.
Third-place on the domestic-charts went to “Ghost in the Shell,” which brought in $19M across 3,440 locations over the weekend. “Ghost in the Shell” was directed by Rupert Sanders, working off a screenplay written by Jamie Moss. The film is based on the comic by Masamune Shirow. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk and Takeshi Kitano.
The Lionsgate reboot of the “Power Rangers” dropped from second-place to fourth-place this week with a $14.5M gross. The film remained in 3,693 locations this weekend, and has grossed over $65M for the studio in just two-weeks. “Power Rangers” was directed by Dean Israelite, working off a screenplay written by John Gatins and Matt Sazama. The reboot stars Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G. and Ludi Lin. Also featured in the film are Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader.
At the limited box-office the big release this week was “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” directed by Niki Caro. The screenplay was written by Angela Workman, and the film was based on the book by Diane Ackerman. The film stars Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh and Daniel Brühl. “The Zookeeper’s Wife” brought in $3.3M for Focus Features, an impressive sum considering the film only opened across 541 locations.
If you hit the “Donnie Darko” re-release this weekend, you weren’t alone. The film pulled in $53K across 21 locations. The film was re-released in theaters to celebrate the film’s release 15 years ago.
As we mentioned earlier, “Smurfs: The Lost Village” and “Going in Style” are set to debut next week. They will most likely have a short-lived victory, as “The Fate of the Furious” will release the following week.