The Boss Baby tops North American box offices for second straight weekend

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The Boss Baby held on to its top spot at the US weekend box office for the second week in a row.
Boss Baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin) tries to convince Tim (voiced by Miles Bakshi) that they must cooperate in The Boss Baby.
Boss Baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin) tries to convince Tim (voiced by Miles Bakshi) that they must cooperate in The Boss Baby. PHOTO: DREAMWORKS ANIMATION

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - For the second straight weekend, the tie-wearing toddler of The Boss Baby nosed out Disney's Beauty And The Beast at North American box offices, while the new Smurfs movie came in a distant and disappointing third, according to industry estimates.

The Boss Baby, the animated tale about a cuteness competition pitting babies against pets, took in US$26.3 million (S$37 million) for the three-day weekend, Exhibitor Relations reported, bringing its two-week total to US$89.4 million. Alec Baldwin voices the chief baby in the DreamWorks production, distributed by Fox.

Beauty And The Beast showed continuing strength, netting US$25 million in its fourth week out for an impressive North American total so far of US$432.3 million. With its intricate production and rich musical score, the Disney film, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, is the year's highest-grossing film so far.

But Sony, which had been banking on the cuddly appeal of the blue munchkins in Smurfs: The Lost Village, faced disappointing numbers. The film's US$14 million opening weekend was "one of the worst starts in recent memory for an animated offering from a major Hollywood studio," said the Hollywood Reporter web site.

The original film in the series, The Smurfs (2011), earned much of its US$563.7 million gross on overseas ticket sales, and Sony appears to be hoping this film will follow form.

Going In Style, a Warner Bros. comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine as an octogenarian trio determined to rob a bank after their pension money goes up in smoke, placed fourth in its opening weekend, taking in US$12.5 million. That beat expectations for a film aimed at an older audience. It cost just US$24 million to produce.

And fifth was Paramount's Ghost In The Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson in an adaptation of a Japanese manga tale. It had weekend revenues of US$7.4 million.

Rounding out the top 10 are: Power Rangers (US$6.2 million), Kong: Skull Island (US$5.8 million), Logan (US$4.1 million), Get Out (US$4.0 million), and The Case For Christ (US$3.9 million) .