'Boss Baby,' 'Beauty' outshine 'Smurfs 3' at box office

'Boss Baby,' 'Beauty' outshine 'Smurfs 3' at box office

'Boss Baby,' 'Beauty' outshine 'Smurfs 3' at box office

In second was Disney's hugely successful "Beauty and the Beast".

Fox and DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby topped the weekend box office for a second week in a row, once again leading Disney's Beauty and the Beast over the course of what felt like a placeholder weekend as far as new releases are concerned.

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The film also stars two-time Oscar nominee Ann-Margret (Tommy, Carnal Knowledge) as Annie, a grocery cashier who's been checking Al out in more ways than one. Zach Braff (Garden State) directs from a screenplay by Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent).

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Rounding out the top tier are Power Rangers at No. 6 with $6.2 million, Kong: Skull Island at No. 7 with $5.8 million, Logan at No. 8 with $4.05 million, Get Out at No. 9 with $4.02 million and The Case for Christ at No. 10 with $3.9 million. (Preaching to the choir pays off, go figure.) Otherwise, it was a crowded but quiet weekend at the movies, with modest bows for Gifted ($476,000 in 56 theaters), Colossal ($125,000 in four theaters), Their Finest ($77,000 in four theaters), and Graduation ($11,000 on two screens).

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Next week will belong to THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS.

The box office beast also added another $36 million overseas this weekend to bring its worldwide total to $545 million, putting it just $23 million away from hitting the $1 billion global benchmark.

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