It’s not the most exciting weekend at the box-office, but three new films were hoping to catch your attention. This week moviegoers could choose between the animated-comedy “Surfs: The Lost Village,” the crime-drama “Going in Style,” or the drama “The Case for Christ”. Of course these films are just hoping to cash-in on the slow box-office, because “Fate of the Furious” will dominate the charts next weekend.
FOX’s “The Boss Baby” remained at number-one for the second week in a row, grossing $26M and remaining in 3,829 locations. The film has now grossed over $89M domestically, but this will probably be its final weekend at the top. “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.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” also held its ground this weekend, staying in second-place on the domestic charts with $25M domestically. The live-action remake remained in 3,969 locations this week, and has grossed over $432M domestically for Disney. “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.
Sony’s “Smurfs: The Lost Village” was the highest grossing film to debut this week, brining in $14M across 3,610 locations. “Smurfs: The Lost Village” was directed by Kelly Asbury. The animated-comedy features the voice-talents of Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Danny Pudi, Mandy Patinkin, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Julia Roberts, Ariel Winter and Meghan Trainor.
The Warner Bros. Pictures comedy “Going in Style” wasn’t too far behind its blue competition, landing in fourth-place overall on the domestic charts with a $12.5M weekend across 3,061 locations. “Going in Style” was directed by Zach Braff, the screenplay was written by Theodore Melfi. The crime-comedy was based on the 1979 story written by Edward Cannon. Starring in the film are Joey King, Morgan Freeman and Ann-Margret.
“Ghost in the Shell” dropped from third-place to fifth-place this week, only bringing in $7M across 3,440 locations. The live-action adaptation has only grossed $31M domestically for the studio since its debut two-weeks ago. “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 Case for Christ” was one of the more successful films to hit the limited-release schedule, pulling in almost $4M across 1,174 locations. “The Case for Christ” was directed by Jon Gunn, working off a screenplay written by Brian Bird. The film itself was based on the book by Lee Strobel. Starring in the film are Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen and Faye Dunaway.
Despite their popularity, none of these films are expected to beat “The Fate of the Furious” next week. The film is expected to dominate the box-office, both domestically and internationally, and is the only major-release planned for next weekend. If you don’t plan on watching the new installment, you can check to see if your local theater is playing “The Lost City of Z,” the film starring Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller. Don’t get hopes up too high, only four locations are screening the film next weekend.