Weekend Projections: ‘Boss Baby’ Eyes $26.6M; ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Adds $24.5M; ‘Smurfs’ ($14.5M) & ‘Going In Style’ ($13M) Debut

Saturday Update: Fox and DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby added $6.86 million on Friday to begin its repeat performance in first place as it eased 56 percent from opening day last week. At $69.9 million through eight days, the film stands just 12 percent behind the pace of Home. This weekend should net around $26.6 million.

Beauty and the Beast continued to chug along with another $6.847 million on Friday. With $414.14 million in the domestic bank through 22 days of play, the film should ring up $24.5 million in its fourth weekend.

Going In Style beat some expectations with a $4.2 million opening day, just 18 percent behind the $5.1 million of Last Vegas in November 2013. Opening weekend looks to land around $13 million after all, a healthy start for the low-budget comedy.

Smurfs: The Lost Village debuted with $4.15 million yesterday, generally lining up with final pre-release expectations as it competes in a crowded family market. The studio expects a $14.5 million weekend, although past comparisons indicate a final tally around $13.9 million based on its Thursday-to-Friday trajectory.

Meanwhile, The Case for Christ bowed to $1.54 million yesterday, besting the $1.2 million start of Do You Believe? in March 2015. This weekend looks likely to finish around $4.4 million.

Key weekend projections are below. Studio weekend estimates will follow on Sunday.

WIDE (1000+)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Boss Baby $26,600,000 -47% 3,829 56 $6,947 $89,673,318 2 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2 Beauty and the Beast $24,500,000 -46% 3,969 -241 $6,173 $431,794,034 4 Disney
3 Smurfs: The Lost Village $13,900,000 3,610 $3,850 $13,900,000 1 Sony / Columbia
4 Going in Style $13,000,000 3,061 $4,247 $13,000,000 1 Warner Bros. / New Line
5 Ghost in the Shell $7,000,000 -63% 3,440 0 $2,035 $31,223,450 2 Paramount / DreamWorks
6 Power Rangers $6,100,000 -57% 2,978 -715 $2,048 $74,996,242 3 Lionsgate
7 Kong: Skull Island $5,400,000 -37% 2,753 -388 $1,961 $156,129,724 5 Warner Bros.
8 The Case For Christ $4,400,000 1,174 $3,748 $4,400,000 1 Pure Flix
9 Logan $4,000,000 -35% 1,948 -375 $2,053 $218,007,408 6 Fox
10 Get Out $3,900,000 -31% 1,574 -270 $2,478 $162,732,650 7 Universal
11 Life (2017) $2,500,000 -55% 1,788 -1358 $1,398 $27,069,487 3 Sony / Columbia
12 CHiPs $1,300,000 -67% 1,351 -1113 $962 $17,037,933 3 Warner Bros.
13 The Shack $1,100,000 -46% 1,108 -322 $993 $54,958,878 6 Lionsgate / Summit

LIMITED (100 — 999)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 The Zookeeper’s Wife $2,700,000 -18% 806 265 $3,350 $7,414,525 2 Focus Features
2 Your Name. $2,100,000 292 $7,192 $2,100,000 1 FUNimation Entertainment
3 Hidden Figures $285,000 -31% 288 -64 $990 $168,296,064 16 Fox
4 T2: Trainspotting $250,000 -34% 157 17 $1,592 $1,587,332 6 Sony
5 Lion $155,000 -22% 203 28 $764 $51,363,183 20 Weinstein Company
6 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $150,000 -40% 177 -47 $847 $531,954,875 17 Disney
7 John Wick: Chapter 2 $150,000 -31% 162 -48 $926 $91,530,597 9 Lionsgate / Summit
8 La La Land $145,000 9% 224 81 $647 $150,669,056 18 Lionsgate / Summit

PLATFORM (1 — 99)

# TITLE WEEKEND LOCATIONS AVG. TOTAL WKS. DIST.
1 Gifted $460,000 56 $8,214 $460,000 1 Fox Searchlight

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Friday Report: Warner Bros. reports today that Going In Style debuted to $600,000 last night from shows beginning at 5pm. By comparison, that’s slightly more than Momuments Men ($550,000) during its opening night, although Thursday night openings have proliferated in popularity since then.

Meanwhile, Smurfs: The Lost Village took in $375,000 from shows also beginning at 5pm last night. With The Boss Baby still in significant play — a film which bowed to $1.5 million on Thursday night last week — an opening weekend in the mid-teen millions remains expected.

Initial grosses for The Case for Christ were not available at the time of this article’s publishing.

Key Friday estimates from the studios and initial weekend projections will be available tomorrow morning.

Boxoffice Staff

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