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U.S. Box Office: ‘Boss Baby’ tops ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Ghost in the Shell’ bombs

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U.S. Box Office: ‘Boss Baby’ tops ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ‘Ghost in the Shell’ bombs

By: Brent Lang (Reuters)

The animated comedy bottled up a leading $49 million from 3,773 locations, edging out Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” a box office juggernaut that’s dominated the multiplexes since debuting three weeks ago. “Beauty and the Beast” added another $ $48 million to its mammoth $395.5 million domestic haul. The weekend’s other new release, Paramount’s “Ghost in the Shell” bombed, taking in a demoralizing $19 million.

Critics were cool toward “Boss Baby,” which centers on a cuteness standoff between babies and puppies. 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. DreamWorks Animation produced the film for over $100 million, with Fox distributing the picture. Heading into the weekend, “Boss Baby” had been projected to debut to $30 million.

“The picture works because it’s a great concept and having Alec Baldwin, who is such as well known voice, voicing a baby is near genius,” said Chris Aronson, Fox’s head of domestic distribution.

Aronson said he was surprised that the reviews for the film weren’t stronger.”

I was shocked and still am,” said Aronson. “It’s nice when you have critics and audiences aligned, but it’s painful when you don’t get it. You wonder why do audiences like it so much and the reviewers don’t?”

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