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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 02, 2017, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.

This weekend turned out to be quite the head-to-head between two family friendly assailants. After two weeks of being large and in charge, Beauty and the Beast lost out on first place at the domestic box office to Dreamworks’ The Boss Baby. It was a close match, but the latter film came out on top oh-so-barely with its haul of $49 million over Beauty and the Beast’s admirable $47.5 million in its third weekend.

First let’s talk about The Boss Baby. Our own box office guru, the Weekend Warrior, predicted a softer opening at around $36.6 million, which is higher than some other projections. Yet, even he fell short by a substantial margin. Despite the negative reviews, The Boss Baby seems to be off to quite the solid start. Animated films, however, are usually known for their long tail at the box office, so we’ll see if it’ll manage to keep that going in spite of its negative reception.

Beauty and the Beast continues its strong performance with its third weekend, and as of right now, is approaching the $900 million worldwide, as well as the $400 million domestically. At this point, it seems almost inevitable that it’ll break $1 billion worldwide, making it another huge homerun for the House of Mouse.

Ghost in the Shell did not fare nearly so well. It made well under its mid-$20 million projections with its $19 million performance domestically. That’s $9 million shy from the Weekend Warrior’s $28 million prediction. Perhaps it’s the negative reception from critics, an overestimation of Scarlett Johansson’s marketability, or just an assumption that audiences would go for a weird-looking sci-fi film like it. Regardless, it’s off to a bumpy start. While it’s tempting to call it a flop, it hasn’t opened in nearly enough foreign markets to tell. For all we know, it’ll have a lot greater market appeal overseas. So time will tell if remakes of anime films or series will get brushed away by the business anytime soon.

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Now let’s take a look at the worldwide box office!

comScore’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian commented, “‘Disney’s ‘Beauty And The Beas‘ adds another $114 million in its third weekend to push its global total to massive $876.3 million. On the animated family film side of the ledger, Fox’s The Boss Baby over-performed to the tune of $85.2 million in its debut weekend worldwide in 35 territories.”

The top 10 domestic weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 02, are below.

  1. Boss Baby, The – 20th Century Fox – $49.0M
  2. Beauty And The Beast – Disney – $47.5M
  3. Ghost In The Shell – Paramount – $19.0M
  4. Power Rangers – Lionsgate – $14.5M
  5. Kong: Skull Island – Warner Bros – $8.8M
  6. Logan – 20th Century Fox – $6.2M
  7. Get Out – Universal – $$5.8M
  8. Life – Sony – $5.6M
  9. Chips – Warner Bros – $4M
  10. Zookeeper’s Wife, The – Focus Features – $3.4M

The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, April 02, are below.

  1. Beauty And The Beast – Disney – $114.0M
  2. Boss Baby, The – 20th Century Fox – $85.2M
  3. Ghost In The Shell – Paramount Pictures – $59.1M
  4. Kong: Skull Island – Warner Bros – $43.4M
  5. Power Rangers – Lionsgate – $22.6M
  6. Devotion of Suspect X, The – Multiple – $22.5M
  7. Smurfs: The Lost Village – Sony – $15.1M
  8. Life – Sony – $11.9M
  9. Logan – 20th Century Fox – $11.4M
  10. Extraordinary Mission – Multiple – $8.2M

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SOURCE: comScore, Box Office Mojo

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.