April is shaping up as its usual placeholder in terms of the Hollywood box office. Big summer movies are just a week or so away, animation and kids’ fare is dominating, and the older audience was thrown a bone this weekend in “Going in Style.”
“The Boss Baby” is headed toward a $26 million+ weekend, and should clear $100 million by next Thursday night. That’s enough to nudge it past “Beauty and the Beast” this weekend, which based on a big Friday, will hit $25 million.
The new wide release newcomers of note, “Smurfs: Lost Village” and “Going in Style” are reaching the low teens. “Smurfs” will clear $14, “Going in Style” figures on hitting just over $12.
“The Case for Christ,” a faith-based polemic, cracked the top ten but isn’t blowing up in that “God’s Not Dead” way. Not yet. A big Easter Sunday/Monday holiday boost could help it clear $5 million, but that doesn’t figure in Deadline.com’s projections.
“Beauty and the Beast” will have earned $430 million by midnight Monday.
“Power Rangers” won’t reach $100 million, but considering the low-cost cast, it may be close enough. “Ghost in the Shell” is, like so many films already this year, a bomb.
The unworthy “Kong” is over $150, “Logan” will finish its run close to $230.