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Weekend box office: ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ flops with $14.1 million

Surprisingly enough, it appears Smurfs: The Lost Village isn’t having the best of opening weekends at the box office after debuting to a lackluster $14.1 million despite its impressive cast and $60 million budget, which, in all honesty, actually isn’t much for an animated film whose predecessors carried a hefty price tag twice that size. Either way, it was a mistake for Sony Pictures to choose this particular release date for The Lost Village when we still have Twentieth Century Fox’s The Boss Baby continuing its reign while Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast is still going strong weeks after its initial release.

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. However, with Universal’s eighth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious, set to hit theaters next weekend, the success of the animated infant won’t stick around for much longer.

On a separate note, Going in Style, the comedy which boasts quite an impressive ensemble that includes Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin, took in $12.5 million on its relatively low production budget of only $24 million. Staggering along slowly behind it is, yes, you guessed it, Ghost in the Shell, with only $7.3 million to add to its $31.6 million domestic total. Keep in mind, this is a film that features a big-name actress, top-of-the-line special effects, and a fairly large marketing campaign—it cost $110 million to produce. For Paramount, this is yet another big blow following several other box office flops including Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated Silence and last summer’s Ben-Hur remake.

As I mentioned in last week’s box office report, April is not an exciting month for movies, with the exception of next weekend’s The Fate of the Furious. Thankfully, things will certainly pick-up in May with the arrival of the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Alien: Covenant, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Baywatch. Until then, let’s hold our heads up high and try to get through these next couple of weeks.

Written by Matt Casillas

Matt Casillas is the founder and editor-in-chief of Silver Screen Beat. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and can usually be found scrolling through Twitter while attempting to get over an extreme case of writer's block.

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