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Boss Baby Crushes Ghost in the Shell at Weekend Box Office

April 2, 2017 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
Boss Baby

It’s good to be the boss, or even a Boss Baby. Per Box Office Mojo, the DreamWorks Animation CG movie was the top new release at the box office this weekend. The film came in No. 1 at the box office with an estimated $49 million. It absolutely crushed the other new release this weekend, Paramount’s live-action Ghost in the Shell movie, which only brought in a paltry $19 million off of a $110 million budget.

Ghost in the Shell didn’t even come in No. 2 for the weekend. It finished third after Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which was in its third weekend of release. The Disney film finished just behind Boss Baby with an estimated $47.5 million. That brings the current domestic total for the live-action Disney remake to a staggering $395 million, and it’s still going strong. Additionally, the film has brought in $480 million overseas, and it’s sitting on a worldwide total of $876 million and counting. The sky is pretty much the limit for Beauty and the Beast at this point.

Ghost in the Shell suffered from bad reviews. It had only 42 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Additionally, the film has constantly been battling whitewashing controversy ever since Scarlett Johansson was cast in the lead role of the Major, considering the character in the original manga series is Japanese, and she’s been Japanese in all the previous adaptations. While the film is doing poorly in the US, foreign grosses could help its overall gross later on. It’s currently grossed a reported $40 million overseas to bring its worldwide total to $59 million.

The casting of Johansson in this role is very interesting. She was mainly cast for her star and potential drawing power, having been a featured character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Black Widow and the smash box office hit, Lucy, which made $126 million domestic, and $336 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $463 million. Unfortunately for Paramount and Johnasson, they were unable to duplicate that success for Ghost in the Shell. The film will need some major returns overseas and elsewhere to become profitable.

Power Rangers had a pretty staggering drop off in its second weekend. The film finished fourth this weekend with about $14.5 million. That’s a drop off of 64 percent from its $40 million opening last weekend. That brings its domestic total to only $65 million. Its foreign totals are even worse. So far the movie has only made $32.7 million overseas since it opened. Clearly, the film isn’t going to be a major hit overseas either. Considering the film had a budget in the vicinity of $105-$120 million, this theatrical take isn’t that good. It remains to be seen if Saban Entertainment and Lionsgate will push forward with a sequel.

BOX OFFICE TOP FIVE (Three-Day Numbers)

1. Boss Baby – $49 million ($49 million total)
2. Beauty and the Beast – $47.5 million ($395.4 million total)
3. Ghost in the Shell – $19 million ($19 million total)
4. Power Rangers – $14.5 million ($65 million total)
5. Kong: Skull Island – $8.8 million ($147.8 million total)