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The Fate of the Furious Smurfs 3 and Going in Style Debut as Moviegoers Await Fast and Furious 8

Nothing major to report from last night’s Thursday preview screenings, which were led by New Line’s Going in Style, which brought in $600,000 from previews that began at 5PM. Sony’s Smurfs: The Lost Village also held 5PM preview screenings in 2,731 theaters where it brought in $375,000. Comparisons for both performances are tough to come by as the films used in our weekend preview either didn’t hold Thursday previews or we don’t have the results in our database.

We will be back tomorrow morning with a look at Friday estimates. You can read our weekend preview below.

WEEKEND PREVIEW: We’ve already seen some strong performances at the box office this year all of which have contributed to the yearly domestic box office topping $3 billion in ticket sales faster than it ever has before. Last weekend, The Boss Baby became the fifth release of 2017 to top $50 million at the weekend box office and while this weekend won’t see similar returns for the week’s new wide releases, it’s the relative calm before the storm as Universal’s The Fate of the Furious debuts next weekend, sure to become the year’s second $100+ million opener. As for this weekend, the top twelve may struggle to reach $120 million collectively as both Smurfs: The Lost Village and Going in Style are looking at relatively soft openings while Pure Flix’s The Case for Christ should find a spot in the lower half of the weekend top ten.

At the top of the box office it’s looking like another close one between Fox and DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the latter of which is entering its fourth weekend in release after recently crossing $400 million domestically and has now made over $910 million worldwide. Both films are likely to lose a little bit of their audience to the release of Smurfs: The Lost Village as the three family features must find a way to share a common audience, but we’re expecting both to drop no more than 46% this weekend. As for the forecast, we’re looking for Boss Baby to repeat at number one by a narrow margin, bringing in just over $27 million for the three-day with Beauty and the Beast estimated to bring in around $25.4 million.

As for Smurfs: The Lost Village, as opposed it its predecessors, this is a fully animated Smurfs feature. The 2011 live-action/animated hybrid debuted to $35.6 million and eventually grossed $142.6 million domestically while the sequel could only open with $17.5 million in 2013 before finishing its domestic run with $71 million. Those first two films, however, saw three-quarters of their worldwide grosses come from international markets, which is clearly the play once again with The Lost Village as it has already debuted overseas, opening in 38 markets with over $15 million last weekend. This third feature also saved on production costs, carrying a budget around $60 million, well below that of the previous two films, both of which carried budgets over $100 million.

Looking at this weekend’s domestic opening, The Lost Village is likely to perform as expected, a bit below the $17.5 million opening for The Smurfs 2, bringing in around $16 million or so from 3,610 theaters. Should this forecast hold, an overall domestic performance below $50 million could be likely.

Fourth place should go to Paramount’s Ghost in the Shell, which debuted with a very soft, $18.6 million last weekend. The film has since found itself a topic of conversation over the course of the week, and it’s the kind of conversation that’s unlikely to help its carryover prospects. Look for this one to drop over 50% this weekend as we’re forecasting an $8.6 million sophomore session.

Rounding out the top five is the week’s second new wide release, New Line’s comedy remake Going in Style starring Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. The film is debuting in 3,061 theaters and industry expectation is for an $8 million opening for the film, which is reported to carry a $25 million budget. Attempting to find titles for comparison isn’t easy, though IMDb page view data shows it tracking well behind titles such as Last Vegas and playing closest to The Big Wedding, which opened with $7.6 million back in April 2013.

The week’s third new wide release finds Pure Flix’s faith-based feature The Case for Christ debuting in approximately 1,175 theaters this weekend as well as holding a special, Fathom event this evening on approximately 450 screens, which should help with its “weekend” haul. Industry expectations carry a rather wide range, anticipating an opening anywhere from $3-6 million, but to narrow that down a bit, IMDb page view data shows the film’s performance pacing closely to the studio’s 2015 release Woodlawn, which opened with $4 million from 1,553 theaters. Granted, the difference in theater counts is worth taking into account, but the title alone should help in getting more of the targeted audience into theaters and the Fathom premiere should definitely help with the weekend’s prospects. Overall, we’re forecasting an opening around $4.3 million, which could find it finishing around eighth place for the weekend.

Just outside the top ten, Focus is adding 265 theaters to their release of The Zookeeper’s Wife, which finished in the tenth slot last weekend with $3.2 million from 541 theaters. This weekend we’re expecting the film to hardly budge if not improve slightly, bringing in around $3.1 million.

Elsewhere, FUNimation will finally bring the overseas box office juggernaut Your Name to 303 North American theaters this weekend. The film has already brought in over $328 million internationally, of which over 65% came from Japan where it holds court as the country’s second largest domestic release ever behind Spirited Away, grossing over $214 million since hitting theaters last August.

Additional limited releases included Fox Searchlight’s Gifted, which will open in 56 theaters; Well Go’s Mine debuting in 26 locations; STX will release Their Finest in four theaters; Neon will release Anne Hathaway‘s Colossal into four theaters; and IFC is opening Graduation at two locations.

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.

  • The Boss Baby (3,829 theaters) – $27.0 M
  • Beauty and the Beast (3,969 theaters) – $25.4 M
  • Smurfs: The Lost Village (3,610 theaters) – $16.0 M
  • Ghost in the Shell (3,440 theaters) – $8.6 M
  • Going in Style (3,061 theaters) – $7.2 M
  • Power Rangers (2,978 theaters) – $6.8 M
  • Kong: Skull Island (2,753 theaters) – $5.1 M
  • The Case for Christ (1,175 theaters) – $4.3 M
  • Get Out (1,794 theaters) – $4.3 M
  • Logan (1,949 theaters) – $4.0 M

bossbaby Box office: Boss Baby to pad resume with second week on top

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Will April showers bring box office power to this week’s flock of new releases? From reigning champion The Boss Baby to specialty stunners like Colossal and Your Name, moviegoers have plenty to choose from at movie theaters big and small this weekend. Which film will rule them all? Find out in EW’s April 7-9 box office preview below.

1. The Boss Baby – $26 million 

Defying industry expectations, audiences hired The Boss Baby with an accompanying salary of $50.2 million last weekend; with little competition in the way of animated titles (its closest adversary, Smurfs: The Lost Village, is the third installment in a waning big screen franchise), the film — which features the voices of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, and Lisa Kudrow — should reclaim the top spot on the domestic chart as it crawls closer to becoming 2017’s eighth film to cross the $100 million mark in North America alone.

2. Beauty and the Beast – $24 million 

There’s no denying Beauty and the Beast had a fantastic run at the top of the box office. After tallying a whopping $174.8 million during its first three days in theaters, the film held steady with $90 million over its sophomore frame, finally relinquishing the peak position to The Boss Baby‘s stellar haul last week. All good things must come to an end, and Beauty and the Beast is cooling as it preps for a fourth go-round with audiences. Anticipate the Bill Condon-helmed production to add a further $20 million-$25 million to its growing $910.8 million worldwide total through Sunday.

 3. Smurfs: The Lost Village – $15 million 

Disappointing reviews aside, Smurfs: The Lost Village has a lot riding on its shoulders as it opens at 3,602 theaters. It’s the third big-screen feature in the beloved cartoon franchise’s history, and its predecessors have left behind two pairs of large shoes to fill. 2011’s The Smurfs bagged $563 million worldwide, with the follow-up amassing $347.5 million two years later. Its chances of reaching that deep into audience pockets are slim, as anticipation for the $60 million production feels remarkably low-key compared to the buzz generated by the prior iterations. Still, an opening in the $14 million-$17 million range would be promising and could spell success for the family title if worldwide grosses surge as well.

4. Going in Style – $8.5 million 

Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin are giving mature audiences plenty to look forward to this weekend, as their crime comedy Going in Style enters approximately 3,000 theaters Friday. The Zach Braff-directed picture was written by Hidden Figures filmmaker Theodore Melfi, but don’t expect this film’s grosses to approach even half of what the best picture nominee made at the top of the year. The studio heist flick is pacing for an opening in the $7 million-$10 million range, but similar Freeman-starring titles — like 2013’s Last Vegas ($16.3 million opening) and 2007’s The Bucket List ($19.4 million opening) — have posted higher returns in the past. If older audiences turn out over time (as they tend to do), Going in Style should have no trouble making back its modest low-20s budget — and then some.

5. Ghost in the Shell – $7 million

 Yes, Paramount’s Japanese animation adaptation didn’t open to the lofty numbers box office prognosticators had initially anticipated, but there’s still hope for the Scarlett Johansson-fronted blockbuster to do decent business overseas in the weeks ahead. Its domestic performance, however, will take a hit this weekend, as special effects-heavy actioners tend to be a bit more front-loaded than their fellow wide releases; 2006’s Ultraviolet dipped 60 percent from week one to week two, Johansson’s own Lucy tumbled 58.4 percent from its $43.9 million bow back in 2014, and this year’s Power Rangers reboot took a 64.8 percent hit just under seven days ago, so expect Ghost in the Shell to follow suit.

Outside the top five, Anne Hathaway leads the brilliant dark comedy/monster movie mashup Colossal to four theaters, reaping glowing critical reviews for the Nacho Vigalondo-directed gem in the process.

Additionally, look for the Mike Vogel/Erika Christensen faith-based drama The Case for Christ to post so-so numbers at around 1,175 sites, while Chris Evans’ Gifted should hit its target at 56 theaters between Friday and Sunday.

Elsewhere, one of Japan’s biggest movies of all time, the manga adaptation Your Name, finally makes a stateside entrance this weekend at just over 300 locations. The film, which was submitted for Oscar consideration in the animation category, has grossed an astonishing $328.7 million worldwide to date, and there’s bound to be a niche audience that will elevate that total even further as Your Name makes its North American debut.

Tom Holland with Spider Man Homecoming This Week in Trailers: Spider Man: Homecoming, War for Planet of the Apes, and Latest ValerianTom Holland in ‘Spider Man: Homecoming’

Naomi Watts stars in ‘The Book of Henry’ and Teresa Palmer leads thriller ‘Berlin Syndrome.’

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Sneak Peek 2
Release Date: July 7th | Columbia Pictures

Directed by Jon Watts

Starring Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya

‘Justice League’ Cyborg Sneak Peek
Release Date: Nov. 17th | Warner Bros.

Directed by Zack Snyder

Ray Fisher, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck

‘Ghost in the Shell’ “Design” Trailer
Release Date: Mar. 31st | Paramount Pictures

Directed by Rupert Sanders

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Michael Wincott, Michael Pitt

‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Extended TV Spot
Release Date: May 26th | Disney

Directed by Joachim Ronning, Espen Sandberg

Starring Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Kaya Scodelario

‘Snatched’ Trailer 3
Release Date: May 12th | Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Directed by Jonathan Levine

Starring Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer 2
Release Date: July 7th | Columbia Pictures

Directed by Jon Watts

Starring Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya

‘A Ghost Story’ Trailer
Release Date: Jul. 7th | A24

Directed by David Lowery

Starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Sonia Acevedo

‘Paris Can Wait’ Trailer
Release Date: May 12th | Sony Pictures Classics

Directed by Eleanor Coppola

Starring Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin, Arnaud Viard

‘Ferdinand’ Trailer
Release Date: Dec. 15th | Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Directed by Carlos Saldanha, Cathy Malkasian

Starring Gabriel Iglesias, Tom Kane, Carlos Saldanha

‘It’ Sneak Peek
Release Date: Sep. 8th | New Line Cinema

Directed Andres Muschietti

Starring Bill Skarsgard, Finn Wolfhard, Javier Botet

‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ Teaser 2
Release Date: Jul. 21st | EuropaCorp USA

Directed by Luc Besson

Starring Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan, Ethan Hawke

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Sneak Peek
Release Date: Jul. 14th | FOX

Directed by Matt Reeves

Starring Andy Serkis, Judy Greer, Woody Harrelson

‘It’ Teaser
Release Date: Sep. 8th | New Line Cinema

Directed Andres Muschietti

Starring Bill Skarsgard, Finn Wolfhard, Javier Botet

‘Berlin Syndrome’ Trailer
Release Date: May 26th | Netflix

Directed by Cate Shortland

Starring Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Lucie Aron

‘The Book of Henry’ Trailer
Release Date: June 16th | Focus Features

Directed by Colin Trevorrow

Starring Naomi Watts, Jacob Tremblay, Dean Norris

‘War Machine’ Trailer
Release Date: May 26th | Netflix

Directed by David Michod

Starring Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Lakeith Stanfield

‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ Trailer 2
Release Date: Jul. 14th | FOX

Directed by Matt Reeves

Starring Andy Serkis, Judy Greer, Woody Harrelson

‘The Mummy’ Sneak Peek
Release Date: June 9th | Universal Pictures

Directed by Alex Kurtzman

Starring Sofia Boutella, Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis

‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ Trailer
Release Date: Jul. 28th | Paramount Pictures

Directed by Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk

Starring Al Gore

ghost in the shell Ghost in the Shell (2017) Movie Review

Scarlett Johansson stars as a cybernetic superhero in director Rupert Sanders’ live-action update of the Japanimation classic by Mamoru Oshii.

If the “ghost” of anime classic Ghost in the Shell refers to the soul looming inside of its killer female cyborg, then this live-action reboot from director Rupert Sanders really only leaves us the shell: a heavily computer-generated enterprise with more body than brains, more visuals than ideas, as if the original movie’s hard drive had been wiped clean of all that was dark, poetic and mystifying.

Not that it’s easy to follow in the footsteps of Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 Japanimation masterpiece, which remains a cornerstone of the genre and sits somewhere between Blade Runner and The Matrix, but Sanders and his team have clearly opted for a sleek, watered-down version that eschews much of the first film’s A.I. existentialism for a futuristic shooter that never digs deep enough. Abetted by a few cool set-pieces and a gun-toting Scarlett Johansson, this Paramount release will see strong box-office returns before disappearing from most of our minds.

The movie already met with some criticism two years ago when Johansson was cast as the part-robot, part-human Terminatrix known as Major, whereas the character in Oshii’s movie and Masamune Shirow’s manga series was Asian. Such whitewashing is becoming more and more controversial for Hollywood studios trying to woo a burgeoning fan and financial base in the East, and nearly all the principal players here are Caucasian, save for a memorable “Beat” Takeshi Kitano, who manages to steal most of his scenes without ever getting up from his desk chair.

But the real issue in Ghost in the Shell may have less to do with whitewashing than with brainwashing, as it often feels like the screenwriters (Jamie Moss, William Wheeler and Ehren Kruger) chose to jettison the more thought-provoking, cryptic aspects of their source material in favor of a streamlined actioner that jumps from one fight to another without much contemplation.

The original film managed to be both violent and philosophical, putting the viewer in an uneasy place and pushing us to ponder the future of humanity in an increasingly computerized world — a world that would have a huge influence on the Wachowskis’ magnum opus, all the way down to the cable ports in the back of each character’s head. Here we get a taste of that ambience, but it feels more like a backdrop than the crux of the story, which boils down to yet another good vs. evil scenario where no mystery is left unsolved and conflicts are tied up in an all-too Hollywood way.

Things start off somewhat promisingly when, in an opening that recalls the credit sequence of both the Oshii film and the HBO series Westworld — if you’re looking for a smart contemporary take on the robot genre, look no further — we see a human brain transplanted into the state-of-the-art body of Major. A year later, she has become a ruthless fighting machine at the hands of the Section 9 security department and its stoical boss, Aramaki (Kitano, speaking in Japanese when he speaks at all).

Major’s job is to track down cyber terrorists alongside her badass partner Batou (Danish actor Pilou Asbaek, who was already Johansson’s occasional sidekick in Lucy), the two of them cruising a city that looks like Tokyo swallowed a bottle of growth hormones and went on a shopping spree at Best Buy. Every space is covered in giant LCD screens and hologram projections, while human beings are enhanced with synthetic body parts or other improvements that make them all look slightly artificial — and that includes all of their hairstyles. (Kitano somehow manages to remain convincing while wearing what looks like an anvil covered with cotton balls on his head.)

The entire place is ruled by the nefarious Hanka Corporation and its leader, Cutter (Peter Ferdinando), who built Major as a prototype war tool and is hoping to cash in on his product. But there’s a new hacker in town named Kuze (Michael Pitt, in a Kylo Ren cape and voice) who is screwing with both Hanka’s plans and Major’s mind, giving her memory glitches that are tougher and tougher for her supervising scientist (Juliette Binoche, doing her best) to control.

Even if you haven’t seen the anime version, it’s not hard to predict where things are headed, though Major’s quest for self-discovery provides some surprises. But they are often mired by the routine action and plotting, with Sanders dishing out two memorable sequences — one involving a geisha-bot from hell, the other Hanka’s underground wired lair — amid the kind of run-and-gun stuff we’ve seen before. That would all be acceptable if Ghost in the Shell led someplace profound, but the film merely treads in shallow waters and, by swapping the original ending for what can only be described as a lame sellout, eradicates whatever made it interesting in the first place.

Sanders does showcase some of the visual flair seen in Snow White and the Huntsman, with impressive visual-effects shots of broken glass, rain pellets and other falling debris, and a moody color palette effectively captured by DP Jess Hall (Transcendence). In an amalgam of her roles in Her, Lucy and Under the Skin, Johansson toes the line between ass-kicking action and a distant unearthliness that often feels, well, robotic. It’s not her best performance, though it’s hard to do much in such a slick and lifeless movie. Perhaps Ghost in the Shell needed to be more human after all.

ghost in the shell ver20 Ghost in the Shell (2017) Movie ReviewDistributor: Paramount
Production companies: Arad Productions, Steven Paul Production, DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures, Reliance Entertainment
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Chin Han
Director: Rupert Sanders
Screenwriters: Jamie Moss, William Wheeler, Ehren Kruger based on the comic ‘The Ghost in the Shell’ by Masamune Shirow
Producers: Ari Arad, Avi Arad, Michael Costigan, Steven Paul
Executive producers: Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Yoshinobu Noma, Jeffrey Silver, Tetsuya Fujimura
Director of photography: Jess Hall
Production designer: Jan Roelfs
Costume designer: Kurt and Bart
Editors: Billy Rich, Neil Smith
Composers: Lorne Balfe, Clint Mansell
Casting directors: Lucy Bevan, Liz Mullane, Mirana Rivers
Visual effects producer: Fiona Campbell Westgate
Visual effects supervisors: Guillaume Rocheron, John Dykstra

In English, Japanese
Rated PG-13, 106 minutes

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

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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

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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

boss baby 2017 Box Office: Boss Baby Demands Attention With Bossy $49M, No. 1 OpeningCourtesy of DreamWorks Animation
‘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.

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Ghost in the Shell Trailer #2 (2017): Check out the new Ghost in the Shell Trailer starring Scarlett Johansson, Michael Wincott, and Michael Pitt!



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They created me, but they cannot control me.”

GHOST IN THE SHELL starring Scarlett Johansson opens in theaters nationwide on March 31, 2017.

Director: Rupert Sanders

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt



    Have you heard about The Awakening yet? No, not the Kate Chopin novel about female empowerment or the Kate Beckinsale Underworld fourquel about vampire warrioress empowerment but Nick Murphy’s period thriller about 1920s ghost empowerment. Rebecca Hall stars as an author/skeptic who is invited to a creepy boarding school in World War I-era England to investigate a phantom boy. Naturally, things take a supernatural turn for the worse and, well, take a look for yourself in the trailer below.

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      If you lived in New York or Los Angeles on July 20, 2001, and were the type of person who loved to make underhanded remarks about friends, strangers and even family members behind their back — and even to their face — then the chances are good you were first in line to see Terry Zwigoff’s caustic comedy of misanthropy, Ghost World. Based on the comic by Daniel Clowes, the film took too-cool-for-school ethos to another level, offered Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson their best-ever screen roles (true), and even turned Steve Buscemi into a romantic lead. Well, sorta. Let’s celebrate this little oddity by remembering some great one-liners — and a related-but-not music video by Aimee Mann — ahead.

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        Good news… The first trailer for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol has been leaked online! Bad news… It’s entirely in French.

        It has been a while since our French GCSE exam went horribly wrong, so we’re pretty much entirely in the dark regarding the film’s plot.

        But ignore the funny dubbing (Tom Wilkinson sounds the best) – this is still two minutes and 20 seconds of very impressive-looking stuff.

        The live-action debut of Pixar director Brad Bird (The Incredibles), this fourth Mission: Impossible looks every bit as thrilling as the third.

        With glossy visuals, loads of bangs, and Tom Cruise more ‘on form’ than he’s been in years, Ghost Protocol just jumped quite a few places up our ‘must see’ list.

        Check out the trailer below…

        Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol opens 26 December 2011.

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