After crushing Paramount's Ghost in the Shell with its massive $49 million opening last weekend, The Boss Baby, the animated comedy in which Alec Baldwin voices a baby that also (seemingly) happens to be some sort of business executive, is No. 1 again this weekend after pulling in $26.3 million, enough to bring its domestic total to an impressive $89.4 million.
Disney's live action Beauty And The Beast continued to enchant audiences, earning $25 million in its fourth week to take second place.
The latest Smurfs movie lost out at the United States box office at the weekend, only managing to debut in third place. The North American haul for the live-action blockbuster will wind up at around $432.5 million.
In box office flop news, "Smurfs: The Lost Village" brought in an estimated $14 million domestically in its debut weekend, confirming that not every old cartoon needs three full-length feature films in six years.
Meanwhile, Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, crossed the $400 million mark domestically earlier in the week, and then it added another $25 million (down 45%) over the weekend, remaining in second place to The Boss Baby.
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The new Warner Bros. release "Going in Style" opened in fourth place, which brought in an estimated 12.5 million US dollars.
"Smurfs: The Lost Village" is Sony's third film in the franchise about blue humanoids living in mushroom-shaped houses. "Smurfs 2" earned 347.5 million US dollars worldwide in 2013, far less than the 563.7 million USA dollars global tally scored by "The Smurfs" in 2011. Nabbing an A+ CinemaScore, Case for Christ stars Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway and Robert Forster. Internationally the film grossed an estimated $22 million from 58 markets for an worldwide total of $42.1 million and a global cume that now stands at $56.1 million.
New Line's launch of senior-citizen heist comedy "Going in Style" is following in fourth with about $12.1 million at 3,061 sites - well above recent expectations, which had forecast a quiet finish around $8 million.
The race for the weekend box office was close, at least for the one and two spots. The animated film has overperformed since its debut and is looking at a strong $200 million worldwide total in just 10 days.