Animation, if you do it right, is still the surest way to a blockbuster in Hollywood.
Dreamworks’ “The Boss Baby” wasn’t to every taste — the very definition of a film earning “mixed reviews” (50% Metacritic), I found the grownup humor a hoot. But it is hitting $50 million its opening weekend, the low end of the animated blockbuster range. Not bad at all for a movie owned by Alec Baldwin, doing his callous business brat in a baby’s body act (“We could share!” “You obviously never went to business school.” )
That knocks (barely) “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney’s almost-animated remake of its animated classic, out of the top spot at the box office. “Beast” doesn’t care. “Beast” will clear $400 million by Wed.
Fangirl/fanboy fave “Ghost in the Shell,” the live action version of the manga/anime/game phenomenon, underwhelmed. Scarlett J. in a body suit wasn’t enough to drag them in to this Japanese-inspired “Blade Runner” riff. It’s doing OK — $20 million+. But that’s WAY below projections (Sorry, Box Office Mojo), WAY below ScarJo’s similar sexy-violent “Lucy,” which opened at over $40.
“The Zookeeper’s Wife” opened on 474 screens, and sits just inside the Top Ten. Weak reviews won’t help this Holocaust with Critters drama.
“Power Rangers” plummeted, “CHiPs” and “Life” are officially bombs.
“Logan” will end its run with about $225 million, “Get Out” is winding down towards $170.