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‘The Boss Baby’ Takes #1 Spot in Opening Weekend Smackdown

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[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith a smack-down, hard-edged mentality out of the executive suite–and not too much else sweet about it–animated comedy The Boss Baby roared over the weekend, collecting a cool $49 million for 20th Century Fox. The Alec Baldwin vehicle earned just enough to send box office pace setter Beauty and the Beast down to No. 2 on the revenue chart with a weekend take of $47.5 million.

Who could argue with an infant who knows the ins and outs of corporate American like the back of its hand and uses his adult-level intelligence to manipulate his older brother and wage a stealth war against puppies, which rival infants and compete with puppies for attention from adults?

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Alec Baldwin in baby form.

Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, meanwhile, has slid fast from the opening weekend pace that put the musical at No. 7 on the all-time list of revenue earners in their first weekend of release. Beauty and the Beast opened with a $170 million weekend and may even find itself ahead of The Boss Baby in the weeks ahead if it proves to have more staying power than Alec Baldwin in diapers.

Scarlett Johansson‘s latest film Ghost in the Shell, released by Paramount and skewered by critics, was in a distant third place with a take of $19 million. Lionsgate’s Power Rangers earned $14.5 million to land at No. 4 on the list, followed by Kong: Skull Island (Warner Bros., $8.8 million), Logan (20th Century Fox, $6.2 million), Get Out (Universal, $5.8 million), Life (Sony, $5.6 million), CHIPS (Warner Bros., $4 million) and The Zookeeper’s Wife (Focus Features, $3.3 million).

Related: Movie Review: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Favors Gorgeous Style over Hard Sci-Fi

The disappointment of the week has to be The Zookeeper’s Wife, which is a poignant story of a zookeeper and his family who used their facility, the Warsaw Zoo, to shelter Jews escaping the holocaust in Poland. The family ended up hiding more than 300 Polish Jews from almost certain death in prison camps.

But the film has been reviewed as “devoid of tension,” and “too mild,” according to The Atlantic, with too much attention paid to the zookeeper’s wife, who was mostly unaware of what was going on, but was also a kind of animal-whisperer who had a magic touch with animals. This plays up her angelic qualities, but doesn’t do much to help the plot and it takes attention away from the Jews who are, after all, at the center of the story.

Too bad.

 

Review scorekeeper Rotten Tomatoes (RT), meanwhile, shows that reviewers didn’t care much for The Boss Baby, either. From top to bottom on the RT list for the week – touching on scores for the top 10 money makers – starts with Get Out with an approval rating of 99 percent (almost unheard of), followed by Logan (92 percent), Kong: Skull Island (77 percent), Beauty and the Beast (71 percent), Life (66 percent), The Zookeeper’s Wife (59 percent), The Boss Baby (49 percent), Power Rangers (48 percent), Ghost in the Shell (45 percent) and CHIPS (19 percent).

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Have you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. 😉

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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