The Boss Baby dethrones Beauty And The Beast in the US

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The Boss Baby opened to $49 million around the country, opposed to Beauty and the Beast's $47.5 million, a figure which still secured it the number two spot. In Japan, they're familiar with the "Ghost" story, they like visual spectacle, they like Johansson, and they're not offended by the casting of a white American star, perhaps because Japanese moviegoers have plenty of homegrown movies that offer heroes who look like themselves.

Heading into the weekend, box-office prognosticators were projecting an opening for "The Boss Baby" in the neighborhood of $33 million.

Beauty and the Beast is an all-ages affair, while The Boss Baby is custom-made to attract a younger crowd. Alec Baldwin, in vulpine "Glengarry Glen Ross" mode, voices a power suit-wearing infant, leading a vocal cast that includes Tobey Maguire, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, and Lisa Kudrow.

The basic concept of the movie is that babies and puppies are in an eternal battle, because there's only so much love to go around and both organizations want a bigger piece of it.

The controversy-plagued Ghost in the Shell, a remake of a classic 1995 Japanese anime film, couldn't compete with either family-friendly release.

Last night, Paramount/DreamWorks/Reliance's Ghost in the Shell grossed $1.8M in previews at 2,229 theaters, but DreamWorks Animation/20th Century Fox's The Boss Baby refused to be squashed earning $1.5M from 2,700 locations starting at 5pm.

Amid claims of Hollywood whitewashing and mostly negative reviews from critics, Ghost in the Shell opened to a disappointing $19 million on a massive $110 million production budget. This result included DWA's best opening ever in Mexico with an estimated $6.5 million along with a $5.9 million opening in Russian Federation and $5.3 million in France.

Playing at 3,440 sites, the film averaged a so-so $5,523 and a B-grade on CinemaScore.

Its global fortunes should improve even more in the next week when Ghost opens in Japan, where the manga and anime were born, and China.

Lionsgate's "Power Rangers" and Warner Bros. and Legendary's "Kong: Skull Island" rounded out the top five, earning $14.5 million and $8.8 million, respectively.

"Trump is the most frustrating and inscrutable person I have ever seen".

Internationally, Boss Baby opened in five markets last weekend and brought in $17.5 million, this weekend it added 37 markets and brought in an estimated $36.2 million bringing its worldwide cume to $59 million.

McGrath said most of the film, which is based on a children's book, was written in 2012, and most of the animation was completed before Trump became "a serious contender" for president.

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