‘Boss Baby,’ ‘Beauty’ outshine ‘Smurfs 3’ at box office

'Boss Baby,' 'Beauty' outshine 'Smurfs 3' at box office

LOS ANGELES — The Smurfs are feeling a little blue this weekend.

The third installment in Sony’s animated series, “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” made its box-office debut in third place, with $14 million — far behind family-friendly holdovers “The Boss Baby” and “Beauty and the Beast,” according to studio estimates Sunday.

Featuring the voices of Demi Lovato and Joe Manganiello, “Smurfs,” which reportedly cost $60 million to make, has not charmed critics either. Its earnings were worse than the 2013 opening of “Smurfs 2,” which went on to gross $347.5 million worldwide despite a $17.5 million debut and a heftier $105 million price tag.

But the fate of the third “Smurfs” is not necessarily sealed, says ComScore’s senior media analyst, Paul Dergarabedian.

“There are other revenue streams for films like this,” Dergarabedian said, noting international profits and home video potential that could recoup production costs.

In first place, “The Boss Baby” added $26.3 million in its second weekend in theatres, bringing its North American total to $89.4 million. Sufficient buzz and the benefit of voice star Alec Baldwin’s popular portrayal of President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” likely helped the film succeed, Dergarabedian said.

Meanwhile, “Beauty and the Beast” earned $25 million to take second place at the box office. In four weeks, Disney’s live-action fairy tale has brought in $432.3 million domestically.

While the family films dominated, moviegoers had other options on a relatively quiet weekend. The tepidly reviewed buddy comedy “Going in Style,” starring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin, opened in fourth place, with $12.5 million.

The faith-based drama “The Case for Christ” also launched with $3.9 million from 1,174 theatres.

In limited release, the Chris Evans drama “Gifted” took in $476,000 from 56 theatres, while the World War II drama “Their Finest” grossed $77,000 from four screens in New York and Los Angeles.

The relative quiet at the box office is ending soon. “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth installment in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, speeds into theatres next weekend, followed by “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” a few weeks later.

“There are a lot of box-office heavyweights looming on the horizon,” Dergarabedian said.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1.”The Boss Baby,” $26.3 million ($37.5 million international).

2.”Beauty and the Beast,” $25 million ($36.1 million international).

3.”Smurfs: The Lost Village,” $14 million ($22 million international).

4.”Going in Style,” $12.5 million ($4.3 million international).

5.”Ghost in the Shell,” $7.4 million ($41.3 million international).

6.”Power Rangers,” $6.2 million ($6.1 million international).

7.”Kong: Skull Island,” $5.8 million ($16 million international).

8.”Logan,” $4.1 million ($2.7 million international).

9.”Get Out,” $4 million ($2 million international).

10.”The Case for Christ,” $3.9 million.

___

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. “Ghost in the Shell,” $41.3 million.

2. “The Boss Baby,” $37.5 million.

3. “Beauty and the Beast,” $36.1 million.

4. “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” $22 million.

5. “Kong: Skull Island,” $16 million.

6. “The Devotion of Suspect X,” $9.1 million.

7. “Power Rangers,” $6.1 million.

8. “Life,” $5.8 million.

9. “Going in Style,” $4.3 million.

10. “Extraordinary Mission,” $3.6 million.

___

Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

___

Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahr

Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press

Just Posted

Vernon one of Canada’s most dangerous places

Penticton, Kamloops, Kelowna, Lake Country and Salmon Arm also make Maclean’s list

Traci Genereaux: Gone, but not forgotten

COLUMN: Family, friends want justice for Vernon teen

Sagmoen’s court case adjourned again

Curtis Sagmoen will appear back in court on Dec. 14

Woman extricated after single-vehicle crash

Incident took place on Foothill Road in Salmon Arm.

Uber official says public needs to push for ridesharing in B.C.

Mike van Hemmen tells Kelowna Chamber of commerce ridesharing would be ‘win-win-win’

Okanagan ski hills open for the season

Both Big White and Silverstar Resort open for the 2017-18 season Thursday

Four years for discharging shotgun in home, school break-in

Yvon Martel also threatened his wife and broke into an elementary school

An adopted cat is the best 10 pounds you’ll gain this season

BC SPCA encouraging families to add a forever feline friend during adoption event Nov. 24 to Dec. 3

Up close and personal roots performance on Vernon stage

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society presents William Prince Nov. 29-30

B.C. co-ops relieved with Ottawa’s housing strategy

Federal government to have a new co-operative housing funding model in place by 2020

Letter to the editor: Missing woman’s parents appreciate search effort

To take part in the banner drop, poster distribution and the drone… Continue reading

Investigating effects of wildfires on business

Thompson Okanagan Regional District researching what help is needed after 2017 wildfire season.

Mayor’s column: Be silent no more

Please join us on Dec. 6 at the Salmon Arm Campus of… Continue reading

Column: On stars and sleighs

In the immortal words of Elvis, my hands were shaking and my… Continue reading

Most Read