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'Boss Baby,' 'Beauty' outshine 'Smurfs 3' at box office

'Boss Baby,' 'Beauty' outshine 'Smurfs 3' at box office

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" continues to draw huge crowds with an estimated 25 million USA dollars fourth weekend performance as it rides a wave of continued audience enthusiasm and support for a 24-day total of 432.3 million US dollars.

The animated film, made by Comcast Corp.'s DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 21st Century Fox Inc.'s film division, took in an estimated $26.3 million in USA and Canadian theaters, researcher ComScore Inc. said Sunday in an emailed statement.

In third is where we find Sony's Smurfs: The Lost Village, which industry expectations had opening in the mid-teens, which is to say with its estimated $14 million opening it more or less hit that target.

Fox and DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby topped the weekend box office for a second week in a row, once again leading Disney's Beauty and the Beast over the course of what felt like a placeholder weekend as far as new releases are concerned. The North American haul for the live-action blockbuster will wind up at around $432.5 million.

Featuring the voices of Demi Lovato and Joe Manganiello, the movie reportedly cost $60 million to make.

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Directed by Zach Braff, the $25 million movie is a remake of the 1979 heist film and stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin as three retirees who decide to rob a bank when their pensions go belly-up. The film was well received by opening day audiences as the 18-and-under demographic gave it an "A+" CinemaScore, while the overall audience CinemaScore was an "A", a touch above the "A-" the two previous Smurfs films received. Russian Federation accounted for $24 million, while Mexico did $12 million, and it grossed $10 million in the United Kingdom and slightly less in France.

The faith-based drama "The Case for Christ" also launched with $3.9 million from 1,174 theaters.

"Going in Style" collected $12.5 million for Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. and New Line divisions, compared with estimates that ranged from $7.2 million to $11 million.

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. It will wind up this weekend with almost $90 million in its first 10 days.

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