Box office: Baby Alec Baldwin beats Beauty and the Beast

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An animated film beat two live-action remakes of animated films at the box office this week.

The Boss Baby, starring the voice of Alec Baldwin as a baby who behaves like a corporate executive, earned an estimated $49 million between Thursday and Sunday nights. That is the tenth-best opening for a DreamWorks animated film, and the fourth-best for one of their non-sequels (behind Kung Fu Panda, Monsters Vs Aliens and Home, only one of which generated any sequels in its own right).

Second place went to Beauty and the Beast, which grossed $47.5 million in its third week, while third place went to Ghost in the Shell, a controversial live-action spin on the popular anime franchise that opened with only $19 million.

Beauty and the Beast has earned $395.5 million in North America and another $480.8 million overseas, for a combined worldwide total of $876.3 million. The film currently ranks 26th on the all-time domestic chart and 48th globally.

One other film opened this week: The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain as a Polish woman who saved hundreds of Jews from the Nazis, earned $3.3 million from 541 theatres and had the third-best per-screen average in the top ten ($6,191 per screen, behind only The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast).

Meanwhile, The Shack landed in 11th place with $2.2 million in its fifth week.

The Shack had the fourth-best first and second weeks, the sixth-best third week and the seventh-best fourth week of any “faith-based” film — and this week, if the estimates hold, it will have the sixth-best fifth weekend:

  • 2004 — The Passion of the Christ — $12.6 million
  • 2014 — God’s Not Dead — $4.6 million
  • 2014 — Heaven Is for Real — $4.4 million
  • 2015 — War Room — $4.2 million
  • 2011 — Soul Surfer — $2.3 million
  • 2017 — The Shack — $2.17 million
  • 2008 — Fireproof — $2.15 million
  • 2016 — Miracles from Heaven — $1.9 million
  • 2011 — Courageous — $1.8 million
  • 2006 — The Nativity Story — $1.5 million

The Shack has earned $53.1 million after thirty-one days, and thus still ranks seventh among “faith-based” films in terms of total North American gross…

  • 2004 — The Passion of the Christ — $370.8 million
  • 2014 — Heaven Is for Real — $91.4 million
  • 2015 — War Room — $67.8 million
  • 2016 — Miracles from Heaven — $61.7 million
  • 2014 — God’s Not Dead — $60.8 million
  • 2014 — Son of God — $59.7 million
  • 2017 — The Shack — $53.1 million
  • 2011 — Soul Surfer — $43.9 million
  • 2006 — The Nativity Story — $37.6 million
  • 2016 — Risen — $36.9 million

…and sixth among Bible and/or Jesus films released in the past 40 years:

  • 2004 — The Passion of the Christ — $370.8 million
  • 1998 — The Prince of Egypt — $101.4 million
  • 2014 — Noah — $101.2 million
  • 2014 — Exodus: Gods and Kings — $65 million
  • 2014 — Son of God — $59.7 million
  • 2017 — The Shack — $53.1 million
  • 2009 — Year One — $43.3 million
  • 2006 — The Nativity Story — $37.6 million
  • 2016 — Risen — $36.9 million
  • 1981 — History of the World, Part I — $31.7 million
  • 2016 — Hail, Caesar! — $30.5 million
  • 2016 — Ben-Hur — $26.4 million
  • 2002 — Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie — $25.6 million
  • 1979 — Monty Python’s Life of Brian — $20 million
  • 1980 — Wholly Moses! — $14.2 million
  • 2006 — One Night with the King — $13.4 million
  • 1988 — The Last Temptation of Christ — $8.4 million
  • 2016 — The Young Messiah — $6.5 million
  • 1985 — King David — $5.1 million
  • 2003 — The Gospel of John — $4.1 million

Meanwhile, in other box-office news…

Power Rangers earned $14.5 million and ranked fourth in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $65.1 million. The film has earned another $32.7 million overseas, for a global total of $97.8 million.

Kong: Skull Island earned $8.8 million and ranked fifth in its fourth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $147.8 million. The film has earned another $329.5 million overseas, for a global total of $477.3 million.

Logan earned $6.2 million and ranked fifth in its sixth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $211.9 million. The film has earned another $373.6 million overseas, for a global total of $585.4 million.

Get Out earned $5.8 million and ranked seventh in its sixth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $156.9 million. The film has earned another $10.3 million overseas, for a global total of $167.2 million.

Life earned $5.6 million and ranked eighth in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $22.4 million. The film has earned another $28.6 million overseas, for a global total of $51 million.

And CHiPs earned $4.1 million and ranked ninth in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $14.4 million. The film has earned another $3.9 million overseas, for a global total of $18.3 million.

Next week brings us Going in Style, Smurfs: The Lost Village and The Case for Christ.

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