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boss baby Box office report: The Boss Baby dethrones Beauty and the Beast

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION

After two straight weeks of putting in the work to see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, audiences have hired a replacement box office champion in Fox’s The Boss Baby.

The animated family comedy dethrones the reigning champion, posting an estimated $49 million — a figure nearly $20 million higher than industry expectations initially projected — over its first three days in theaters.

Featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Buscemi, and Tobey Maguire, the film follows a suit-wearing infant who teams with his older brother to foil an evil CEO’s nefarious plot. Though it failed to drum up much excitement from movie critics, The Boss Baby notched an impressive A- grade on CinemaScore from polled moviegoers, who drove the film to a $12,987 per-screen average from 3,773 locations — the highest of the week.

According to the industry tracking analysts at comScore, The Boss Baby‘s Friday grosses also helped solidify March 2017’s record as the month’s best performer ever, tallying over $1 billion in ticket sales for the first time in history. Around $1.171 billion worth of audiences went to see movies on domestic screens between March 1-31 — an uptick of 23.4 percent from the previous record of $949.1 million posted in 2016.

Falling to No. 2 across its third week in wide release, Disney’s Bill Condon-directed adaptation of Beauty and the Beast adds a healthy estimated $47.5 million to its growing total, which sits at $395.5 million domestically to date. With a further $67 million pouring in from overseas audiences, Beauty and the Beast has made an astounding $876 million worldwide, cementing it as the year’s top-earning picture both in North America and internationally.

Debuting at No. 3 with a muted $19 million is Paramount’s take on the popular Japanese animation series Ghost in the Shell. The $110 million blockbuster features Scarlett Johannson as an anti-cyberterrorism cyborg. Playing at 3,440 sites, the film averaged a so-so $5,523 and a B-grade on CinemaScore. While its domestic numbers aren’t spectacular, films like this are designed to perform much better overseas, so it can’t be labeled a flop just yet; the female-fronted actioner Resident Evil: The Final Chapter made a paltry $26.8 million stateside in January, though its worldwide total has continued to climb past the $300 million mark well into spring. Ghost in the Shell currently occupies approximately 78 percent of its planned international footprint, so expect it to earn a great deal beyond the $40.1 million it earned from foreign countries this weekend.

Holdovers occupy the remaining slots in the top five, including Power Rangers — which dips a harsh 64 percent to $14.5 million over its second outing — and Kong: Skull Island. The King Kong franchise entry sheds 40 percent of its audience for a fourth weekend total of $8.8 million, bringing its North American haul to $147.8 million thus far.the zookeepers wife Box office report: The Boss Baby dethrones Beauty and the Beast

ANNE MARIE FOX

Rounding out the top 10 is Focus’ Niki Caro-directed historical drama The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain as Antonina Zabinski, a Polish zookeeper who saved hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion in WWII-era Warsaw. Overperforming from Friday through Sunday, the film took an estimated $3.3 million from 541 theaters, averaging a healthy $6,191 per location. The decision has prompted Focus to roll out plans to expand the film to more theaters faster than initially anticipated.

“We’re very happy with our opening weekend, having a more limited title open in the top 10 is a great accomplishment!” Focus Features’ head of distribution, Lisa Bunnell, said of Zookeeper‘s performance via statement. “The film played extremely well with our core audience — exit polls were huge with over 90 percent of the audience rating the film in the top two boxes — as a result we’ve decided to expand faster than originally planned. Adult audiences are looking for films with a great story and strong performances and The Zookeeper’s Wife delivers.”

Per comScore, overall box office is up around 5 percent from the same frame last year. Check out the March 31 – April 2 weekend box office estimates below.

1 – The Boss Baby – $49 million
2 – Beauty and the Beast – $47.5 million
3 – Ghost in the Shell – $19 million
4 – Power Rangers – $14.5 million
5 – Kong: Skull Island – $8.8 million
6 – Logan – $6.2 million
7 – Get Out – $5.8 million
8 – Life – $5.6 million
9 – CHIPS – $4 million
10 – The Zookeeper’s Wife – $3.3 million

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‘The Boss Baby’
‘Ghost in the Shell’ bows to an underwhelming $19 million.

DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby proved to be the boss, all right. The Fox release grabbed an estimated $49 million over its debut weekend, unseating Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to take the top spot at the domestic box office.

Boss Baby just managed to edge out Beauty, which collected another $47.5 million during its third weekend as it domestic gross rose to $395.5 million.

The news wasn’t so upbeat for the weekend’s other new wide release, Paramount’s futuristic thriller Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson. Based on a Japanese manga, the film, which became the poster child for whitewashing when Johansson was cast in the central role of a cyber-soldier, grossed an underwhelming $19 million as it settled into the third spot in the rankings.

Boss Baby, which opened in 3,773 theaters, performed well above expectations that had pegged the movie as doing $30 million-plus for the three days. The PG-rated, CG-animated movie stars Alec Baldwin, who voices the character of a business-minded bossy baby who is on a secret mission to ensure babies get more love than puppies. The film is based on the 2010 children’s book written and illustrated by Marla Frazee. Tom McGrath directed the pic, which has a voice cast including Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Miles Christopher Bakshi and Tobey Maguire.

Boss Baby earned an A- CinemaScore, with moviegoers under 25 giving it a solid A. Families made up 67 percent of its audience, and it played to a diverse crowd — 53 percent of the audience was white; 19 percent Hispanic; 14 percent African-American and 9 percent Asian.

Internationally, Boss Baby has taken in $59 million to date, bringing its worldwide total to $108 million.

On the domestic front, it was the best opening for a DreamWorks movie since 2015’s friendly-alien picture Home, which bowed to $52 million and went on to pull in $177.4 million domestically and $386 million globally.

Ghost proved to be a shadow of Johansson’s last solo acting outing, Lucy, which debuted to $43.9 million in 2014. Helmed by Rupert Sanders, the new film was adapted from the Japanese manga by Shirow Masamune and also stars “Beat” Takeshi Kitano, Michael Carmen Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han and Juliette Binoche.

The PG-13 sci-fi film cost $110 million and was produced by Paramount, DreamWorks and Reliance Entertainment. It also opened in more than 50 international markets over the weekend, where it collected $40.1 million for a global tally of $59.1 million. Ghost is set to open in Japan and China on Friday.

The pic appealed to an older, male audience, with men comprising 61 percent of opening-weekend ticketbuyers and 76 percent of the audience being over the age of 25.

Bowing on a more limited basis as it debuted in 541 theaters, Focus’ World War II drama The Zookeeper’s Wife found a receptive audience, attracting $3.3 million for a per-theater average of $6,191 and securing a foothold in the top 10 with a tenth-place showing. The PG-13-rated period film, which attracted an older, female audience, stars Jessica Chastain and was directed by Niki Caro and revolves around how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved the lives of both humans and animals.  It will expand into additional theaters on Friday.

Among holdovers, Lionsgate’s Power Rangers dropped by 65 percent in its second weekend, grossing $14.5 million to bring its domestic total to $65.1 million as it took the fourth spot.

In its fourth weekend, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island ranked fifth as it took in $8.8 million, bringing its domestic tally to $147.8 million.

Fox’s Logan checked in at sixth place with $6.2 million and a domestic cume of $211.9 million, while in seventh place Universal’s Get Out claimed another $5.8 million as its domestic tally grew to $156.9 million.

The results weren’t encouraging for two other holdovers. In its second week, Sony’s Life managed just $5.6 million for a domestic cume of $22.4 million, and Warners’ CHIPS managed just $4.1 million for a total of $14.4 million.

Elsewhere, in limited release China Lion’s The Devotion of Suspect X brought in an estimated $330k from 43 theaters ($7,674 PTA); Arrow Films’ re-release of Donnie Darko brought in $53,200 from 21 theaters; and Janus Films’ release of David Lynch: The Art of Life brought in $12,126 from one theater.

Next weekend sees the release of New Line’s Going in Style in 3,000+ theaters, Sony’s Smurfs: The Lost Village will debut in ~3,400 theaters and Pure Flix will release The Case for Christ in ~1,100 theaters. In limited release Fox Searchlight will be releasing Gifted in ~50 theaters and STX will release Their Finest at just four locations.

box office Box office: Beauty and the Beast doubles Power Rangers weekend gross

DISNEY; LIONSGATE
As expected, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast roars atop the weekend box office for the second week in a row, bounding past a wide crop of newcomers as the month of March sets a new industry standard in record time.

The Bill Condon-directed fantasy falls around 49 percent for a sophomore finish of $88.3 million, bringing its North American total to $316.9 million in a mere 10 days. After breaking the March opening weekend record last week, Beauty and the Beast goes on to score the fourth largest 10-day gross of all time this weekend in addition to posting the fourth largest second weekend tally of all time.

Overseas, Beauty and the Beast adds $119.2 million after opening in territories like France, Australia, and Argentina, cementing the film’s $690.3 global total to date. So far this year, Disney has amassed an estimated $1.3 billion globally.

At a distant second is Lionsgate’s Power Rangers reboot, which slightly exceeds industry forecasts with a healthy $40.5 million. The expensive $100 million blockbuster should earn back its production budget in the U.S., though its profitability will be determined by how well it performs on the international market. Tentpole spectacles tend to do well overseas — particularly in Asia — so the film’s promising domestic launch is only a small start to what could be a long life on screens worldwide in the weeks ahead.

Though they’re technically rivals in the box office arena, the impressive weekend hauls of both Power Rangers and Beauty and the Beast have helped domestic totals push past the $1 billion mark for March alone, making it the month’s best showing in history, according to comScore.

Falling one spot to No. 3 is the Legendary/Warner Bros. actioner Kong: Skull Island, which muscles a further $14.4 million over its third weekend in wide release. The franchise flick has made $133.5 million in the U.S. and Canada thus far, with another $258.6 million pouring in from overseas for a global total of $392.1 million and counting.

Coming in at No. 4 is the heavily buzzed Sony/Skydance thriller Life, which world-premiered at SXSW to solid critical reviews earlier this month. The $58 million production meets modest industry expectations over a competitive weekend through Sunday, earning an estimated $12.6 million — a relatively low number given its star power (Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal star), intriguing alien-centric premise, and effective marketing campaign.

Outside the top five, Warner Bros.’ kitschy contemporary adaptation of the beloved television series CHiPs bows with an estimated $7.6 million — a lukewarm start for director-writer-star Dax Shepard’s latest filmmaking effort, which was reportedly produced on a budget of around $25 million.

Elsewhere, the comparatively low-profile basketball drama Slamma Jamma posts a decent $1.7 million after playing at 502 sites over the weekend. At 310 locations, the Woody Harrelson/Laura Dern vehicle Wilson — helmed by The Skeleton Twins director Craig Johnson — also bows with a soft estimated $330,000, averaging approximately $1,065 per theater.

Per comScore, overall box office is up around 5.5 percent from the same frame last year. Check out the March 24-26 weekend box office estimates below.

1 – Beauty and the Beast – $88.3 million
2 – Power Rangers – $40.5 million
3 – Kong: Skull Island – $14.4 million
4 – Life – $12.6 million
5 – Logan – $10.1 million
6 – Get Out – $8.7 million
7 – CHiPs – $7.6 million
8 – The Shack – $3.8 million
9 – The LEGO Batman Movie – $2 million
10 – The Belko Experiment – $1.8 million

1 In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of Power Rangers, Life, CHIPs and MoreThis weekend in theatres, we have a crazy awesome lineup with Chips, Life and Power Rangers!

Teenage superheroes, aliens and cops are headed to theaters this weekend in Power Rangers, Life and CHiPs. Also in theaters are Woody Harrelson in Wilson, jazz documentary I Called Him Morgan as well as basketball drama Slamma Jamma and The Leveling.

Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter‘s critics are saying about the weekend’s new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend box office).

Power Rangers

The Power Rangers are back on the big screen — color-coded power suits and all — after 20 years. RJ Cyler, Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott and Becky G star as the five teen superheroes that — along with the help of Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader’s characters — can protect the planet from a power-hungry alien invader (Elizabeth Banks). THR film critic Justin Lowe writes in his review that director Dean Israelite “orchestrates a vastly more complex array of characters, action set pieces and technical resources for a combined effect that maintains dramatic tension even while teetering on the brink of excess.”

Life

Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson star in Daniel Espinosa’s sci-fi thriller where a journey to find new life on Mars turns into one of survival. A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station are suddenly placed in a life-threatening situation where they must destroy a replicating extraterrestrial before it hits Earth. THR film critic John DeFore writes that the “Alien-derived creature feature may” suffocate in the anticipatory atmosphere surrounding Alien: Covenant, and the PR boost from this unmerited closing-night SXSW slot shouldn’t help much. Insatiable genre fans who do buy a ticket will likely send lukewarm responses back to the wait-and-see crowd.”

CHIPs

Dax Shepard and Michael Pena star in the big-screen remake based on the popular ’70s cop show chronicling the shenanigans of two California highway patrolmen originally played by Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada. THR film critic Frank Scheck writes in his review that the original ’70s show “shines as a beacon of excellence compared to the big-screen redo.” Sheck adds, “A puerile combination of raunchy sex comedy and bland action vehicle, CHIPS will likely manage the difficult feat of simultaneously alienating fans of the original series and newcomers who will wonder why a buddy cop comedy displays so much homosexual panic.”

Wilson

Woody Harrelson is the lonely, neurotic and honest grouch Wilson who attempts to take another shot at life and connect with his estranged teenage daughter. Based on the novel by Daniel Clowes, Wilson learns of his daughter after tracking down his ex-wife (Laura Dern) and sets out to spend time with her, which includes beating up her bullies at the local mall and taking her on kiddie rides with her mother. Judy Greer, Margo Martindale and Cheryl Hines also make appearances in the film. THR film critic David Rooney writes that the film “boasts some funny vignettes but fails in the crucial test of making us care much about the title character.”

I Called Him Morgan

The iconic jazz career of trumpeter Lee Morgan is explored in Kasper Collin’s second feature documentary where stunning visuals combined with Morgan’s extensive repertoire tells his story of touring with greats including the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers before developing a cocaine addiction and later being shot dead by his wife. THR film critic Boyd van Hoeij writes in his review, “Though not as masterful as that work, Morgan should nonetheless rake up quite a few festival miles, please niche distributors and (re-)introduce a larger audience to the amazing work of Morgan, one of hard-bop jazz’s true geniuses. The story also is iconic and drama-filled enough to potentially appeal to producers of fiction films.”

Slamma Jamma

River Rain’s basketball drama follows a college slam dunk star (former Harlem Globetrotter Chris Staples) who was wrongly sentenced to prison for six years and must now repair his relationships and his career. The film features appearances by former NFL player Michael Irvin, former MLB player Jose Conseco and slam dunk champion Rafal Lipinski. THR film critic Frank Scheck writes in his review that the film “hits its emotional points in a blunt, heavy-handed fashion that may resonate with some viewers.”

The Leveling

The drama, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, follows a young vet’s rigid relationship with her father after she returns home due to her brother’s unexpected and tragic death.

2 In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of Power Rangers, Life, CHIPs and More

power rangersjpg Box Office: Power Rangers Heads for $40M Plus Bow; Beauty Eyes Beastly $89M

Courtesy of Saban/Kimberley French/Lionsgate
‘Power Rangers’

The news isn’t good for Sony’s space horror-thriller ‘Life,’ while Warner Bros.’ ‘CHIPS’ is running off the road; in China, ‘Kong: Skull Island’ roars to $51.3 in its first two days.

Saban’s Power Rangers is morphin’ into a bigger-than-expected player at the North American box office, where it earned an estimated $15 million Friday from 3,693 theaters for a projected $40 million-plus weekend despite fierce competition from holdover Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty remains a monster in its second weekend. The film adaptation of the 1991 classic animated film raked in $23.6 million Friday from 4,210 locations for an $89 million-plus weekend — the fourth-biggest second weekend of all time. Beauty raced past the $250 million mark in North America on Friday, and $541 million globally.

From Saban and Lionsgate, Power Rangers cost $100 million to make so it will need to do strong business both domestically and overseas. The good news — it nabbed an A CinemaScore and is attracting Millennials who grew up watching the TV series. The filmmakers wanted the new movie to be more edgy, so intentionally sought a PG-13 rating. Power Rangers also breaks ground by featuring the first queer big-screen superhero film.

Power Rangers is directed by Dean Israelite and follows five teens (Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G) in a small town who discover artifacts that allow them to morph into crime-fighting heroes called The Power Rangers. They are tasked with learning to use their new skills in order to save their town from destruction by a power-hungry villain (Elizabeth Banks). Bryan Cranston also stars.

The news isn’t good for the weekend’s two other new films, Sony/Skydance’s space horror-thriller Life and Warner Bros.’ CHIPS.

Life, starring Jack Gyllenhaal, grossed an estimated $4.4 million Friday from 3,146 theater for a muted $12 million-$13 million weekend. The movie, also starring Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson, is holding at No. 4 behind Beauty, Power Rangers and holdover Kong: Skull Island.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa and premiering at the SXSW Film Festival, Life follows a group of scientists on the International Space Station that discover a rapidly evolving life form that threatens the crew and all life on Earth. Skydance, which financed a majority of the $58 million budget, and Sony are hoping solid reviews result in a long run, but audiences gave Life a dismal C+ CinemaScore.

Power Rangers, or Beauty for that matter, aren’t the films playing on nostalgia.

Warner Bros.’ CHIPS, an R-rated take on the buddy-cop TV series about two California Highway Patrol officers that debuted in the late 1970s, is also opening nationwide this weekend but appears to be running off the road. It grossed $2.6 million Friday from 2,464 for a projected $7 million weekend.

Dax Shepard both directs and stars with Michael Pena in the R-rated action-comedy, which garnered a B+ CinemaScore. CHIPS, which cost $25 million to make, is pacing to gross $2.5 million on Friday, including $500,000 in previews.

Warners still has reason to celebrate this weekend. In China, Legendary and Warners’ Skull Island opened to an impressive $22.6 million on Friday, one of the biggest starts of all time for a Hollywood title. The tentpole earned another $28.7 million on Saturday for a two-day total of $51.3 million.

Elsewhere, we’re expecting another $8 million or so for Universal’s Get Out as it continues its run to $150 million domestically and rounding out the top ten should be WB’s The LEGO Batman with around $2.5 million as it looks to top $170 million domestically by Sunday.

Looking beyond the top ten, we’re not exactly sure what to expect from RiverRun’s sports drama Slamma Jamma, which we’re told is opening in ~500 theaters. Additionally, Fox Searchlight will release Wilson into 310 theaters and FIP is releasing Phillauri into 74 theaters.

This weekend’s forecast is directly below. This post will be updated on Friday morning with Thursday night preview results followed by Friday estimates on Saturday morning, and a complete weekend recap on Sunday morning.

  • Beauty and the Beast (4,210 theaters) – $76.9 M
  • Power Rangers (3,693 theaters) – $38.0 M
  • Life (3,146 theaters) – $18.0 M
  • Kong: Skull Island (3,666 theaters) – $14.2 M
  • Logan (3,163 theaters) – $9.0 M
  • Get Out (2,468 theaters) – $8.1 M
  • CHiPs (2,464 theaters) – $7.0 M
  • The Shack (2,330 theaters) – $3.4 M
  • The Belko Experiment (1,341 theaters) – $2.6 M
  • The LEGO Batman Movie (1,638 theaters) – $2.3 M

 

chips CHIPS (2017) Movie Review

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CHiPS

TYPE:Movie, GENRE:Action, Comedy RELEASE DATE:03/24/17, RUNTIME:100 Minutes, PERFORMER:Michael Pena, Dax Shepard DIRECTOR:Dax Shepard CURRENT STATUS:In Season, MPAA:R

Before the new CHIPS even shows a single motorcycle, the film opens with a disclaimer: “The California Highway Patrol does not endorse this film. At all.” And as the next 101 minutes of debauchery, nudity, and explosions unfold, it isn’t hard to see why. The original NBC show may have been a campy, late-‘70s action drama with minimal violence, but Dax Shepard’s big-screen take on the California Highway Patrol is distinctly R-rated. 

With gratuitous nudity and multiple severed extremities, CHIPS essentially copies the 21 Jump Street model: Take a somewhat classic TV series and turn it into a film that’s bloodier, sexier, and, above all, goofier. And while CHIPS sure is goofy, it falls flat compared to other buddy-cop comedies in its genre, relying too heavily on unpleasant sex jokes (often revolving around gay panic) and a nonsensical crime plot. 

Shepard pulled triple duty, writing, directing, and starring as Jon Baker, a former pro motorcycle rider who tries to save his marriage by joining the highway patrol. Never mind the fact that years of motorcycle accidents have left him broken and reliant on painkillers, or that his swim instructor wife (played by Shepard’s real-life spouse, Kristen Bell) wants little to do with him. His career takes a turn, however, when he’s partnered with a recent transfer officer, the so-called Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Michael Peña). Ponch is actually an FBI agent from Miami who’s been tasked with going undercover to investigate a mysterious California crime ring. 

Vincent D’Onofrio plays the ringleader of this band of dirty cops, a.k.a. a less-interesting version of Daredevil’s Wilson Fisk, but it doesn’t really matter. The bizarrely convoluted crime plot plays second fiddle to the buddy-cop camaraderie between Jon and Ponch, and although Shepard and Peña are charming enough, they get bogged down by repetitive jokes about Ponch’s sex addiction and obsession with women in yoga pants. (Practically every female character is either a selfish shrew or a sexpot eager to flash her boobs, with the exception of Maya Rudolph in a brief cameo as Jon’s superior officer.)

The actual action is exciting enough, and Shepard’s motorcycle chase scenes are a welcome respite of both action and comedy. But the rest of the film is lazily plotted and only sporadically funny, depending on your tolerance of jokes about sexting the wrong person. Best to avoid this one like the 405 during rush hour.

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The adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers as they make their rounds on the freeways of Los Angeles.



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larry wilcox 280280 CHiPs Star Larry Wilcox Gets Probation in Securities Scam CaseFORT LAUDERDALE — Former CHiPs star Larry Wilcox was sentenced Friday to three years’ probation for conspiring to commit securities fraud, the Associated Press reports.

The actor, who starred opposite Erik Estrada as California Highway Patrol officer Jonathan "Jon" Baker on the popular ’70s TV series, must also perform 500 hours of community service and pay a fine of $100.