Box Office: Can ‘Boss Baby,’ ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Top ‘Beauty and the Beast’?

The Boss Baby
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Beauty and the Beast” shows no signs of slowing down.

The Disney smash has earned more than $700 million in its first three weeks of release, and it could top the domestic box office chart yet again with roughly $40 million. Whether “Beauty and the Beast” three-peats as the weekend winner depends on how many people turn out for “Boss Baby” or “The Ghost in the Shell,” two new wide releases scheduled to hit theaters.

Despite appealing to the same family audience as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Boss Baby” looks to be in the stronger position. The animated feature about a young boy struggling to adjust to life with his attention-grabbing baby brother is on track to debut to $30 million when it opens across 3,773 locations.

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DreamWorks Animation produced the picture, which is being distributed by Fox. The studio didn’t offer up a budget. Critics don’t care for the film, with Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman knocking “Boss Baby” as “a wee bit tiresome.”

“The Ghost in the Shell,” an adaptation of a popular Japanese Manga, has been dogged by controversy over the filmmakers’ decision to cast Scarlett Johansson as Major instead of an Asian actress. Johansson has previously scored in action movies like “Lucy,” but it’s unclear whether or not the “whitewashing” charges will hurt the box office.

As it stands, “The Ghost in the Shell” should open to $25 million from approximately 3,400 locations, a weak result given its $110 million production budget. “The Ghost in the Shell” follows a cyber-enhanced soldier tasked with foiling a set of terrorist hackers. Paramount produced the picture in conjunction with DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment.

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  1. “Beauty and the Beast” shows no signs of slowing down.”

    Except, y’know, dropping by nearly 50 per cent every weekend. As movies do. There’s no shame in that. You don’t need to lie for Disney. They’re doing fine.

  2. Don't Mind Me Now says:

    The trailers for Boss Baby, as much as I hate them, have played really well with all the crowds I’ve seen it with. It reminds me of how Home crushed low expectations and topped $50 million. Boss Baby could potentially do the same. Kids seem to love the trailers, and parents might be swayed by Baldwin’s presence (given his resurgent popularity courtesy of SNL). It won’t reach beyond the family demographic, but that demographic is big enough that I could see this opening $45 million+, which would be enough to top BATB (which will fall faster than most family films due to direct-demo competition and the sheer scale of its opening two weekends, plus loss of IMAX to Ghost in the Shell).

    The buzz for Ghost in the Shell, middling reviews aside, has been abysmal. I have not run into anyone excited for it, and outside some of my friend circle, no one seems to know what it is. Crowds I’ve seen the trailer with reacted with eye rolls and confusion. Without a franchise (MCU) or high-concept premise (Lucy), Johansson has not proven herself a draw (ex. Her, Hail Caesar). We could be looking at Gods of Egypt numbers with this one.

  3. Dave C says:

    The real question about Ghost is whether it’s another Warcraft or Pacific Rim, where it performs so well internationally that they end up greenlighting a sequel or similar movies, despite a lukewarm domestic run.

  4. iceman1956 says:

    I mean Ghost in the Shell. What’s Ghost in the Machine??? A 1967 book. The title of an old Police album. Anyway, Scarlett stars in Ghost in the Shell.

  5. Leon says:

    Ghost in the shell is PG-13 which means it will flop. Terrible casting and another US water down remake. We are not babies yo! Boss baby looks like trash. Hollywood you stink now.

  6. iceman1956 says:

    Beauty and the Beast should bring in north of $55, easily besting The Boss Baby and Ghost in the Machine (both films will be fighting for 2nd, with Ghost – good reviews and strong live action and Scarlett (yay!) likely to beat Boss – bad reviews and Alec Baldwin (yesssh!). Meanwhile, Power Rangers will see competition from Ghost and drop to around $15 million. Life may finish 5th because it is doing well with critics. If the consumer doesn’t care what critics think, they will likely make Kong 5th.

    • Don't Mind Me Now says:

      Your holier-than-thou “critics” comment kinda falls apart given that Kong has better reviews than Life… oops. And there’s pretty much no way that Kong (in its fourth weekend) will drop harder than Life (in its second weekend); second-weekend drops, most of the time, are the biggest a given movie will experience (minus movies that get pulled from all their theaters in their third weekend, e.g. Jem and the Holograms).

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