‘The Boss Baby’ Edges ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in Opening Weekend

The weekend box office estimates are in and “The Boss Baby” narrowly edged out “Beauty and the Beast” for the No. 1 spot, according to Box Office Mojo.

The much maligned “Ghost in the Shell” remake debuted at No. 3. “Power Rangers” slipped to fourth place and “Kong: Skull Island” rounded out the top five.

Word that “The Boss Baby” debuted in first place came as a surprise to many. Estimates show it brought in $49 million, just $1.5 million ahead of “Beauty and the Beast,” which is in its third week. “Beauty” is near $1 billion worldwide.

“The Boss Baby,” from Dreamworks, is the story of an overachieving baby determined to take down the CEO of PuppyCo. It includes the voice talents of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, and Lisa Kudrow. It is currently the 10th highest grossing film from Dreamworks Animation.

“Beauty and the Beast” now has the distinction of the highest grossing film in the month of March.

Also debuting this weekend was the glossy, big budget remake “Ghost in the Shell,” which stars Scarlett Johansson. It’s possible that widely publicized pushback for the “whitewashing” of the lead character kept audiences away. It managed only $19 million in domestic receipts, and $59 million worldwide. This is bad news for a film with a production budget of $110 million.

No. 4 this weekend was “Power Rangers,” which has almost earned back its $100 million production budget with $97 million worldwide.

“Kong: Skull Island” continues to bring in audiences. Adding another $8.8 million to its domestic total, it has earned about $477 million around the world.

Overall, this has been a record-setting March, and could mean a very good summer blockbuster season for theaters.

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