DreamWorks Animation SKG’s The Boss Baby has topped the box office charts in its second week of release with an estimated $26.3 million in ticket sales, bringing its domestic total just short of $90 million. The Boss Baby held off a challenge in the family film market by Sony Pictures Animation’s Smurfs: The Lost Village, with the latest installation of the Smurfs movie franchise taking in $14 million (estimated) at the box office to take the #3 spot behind Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast (and its $25 million in ticket sales). Smurfs: The Lost Village‘s performance is another step down in the franchise, with the initial live-action/animation hybrid movie taking in $35.6 million in its debut weekend in 2011 and The Smurfs 2 taking in $17.55 million in its debut weekend in 2013. However, Smurfs: The Lost Village cost 43% less to make than The Smurfs 2, and Sony expressed confidence in strong word-of-mouth and the fact that the earlier movies earned 70% of their gross from foreign markets.
The live-action adaptation of the manga and anime Ghost in the Shell fell to the #5 spot at the box office with an estimated $7.35 million in ticket sales; its $110 million production budget and seeming free-fall at the box office makes the movie one of the year’s biggest bombs.