Sony Corp.'s "Smurfs: The Lost Village" landed in third place with an estimated 14 million debut weekend, one of the worst starts in recent memory for an animated offering from a major Hollywood studio.
Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway as a woman who battles a Godzilla-like creature in South Korea, opened in four theaters in NY and Los Angeles, grossing an estimated $130,000 for a screen average of $32,500, the best of the weekend.
Featuring the voices of Demi Lovato and Joe Manganiello as the little blue Smurfs, it did far better in the rest of the world where it picked up $42 million for a total just over $56 million.
But the fate of the third "Smurfs" is not necessarily sealed, says ComScore's senior media analyst, Paul Dergarabedian. Russian Federation accounted for $24 million, while Mexico did $12 million, and it grossed $10 million in the United Kingdom and slightly less in France.
A weak batch of new releases has made this weekend's box office another tight battle between DreamWorks Animation's "The Boss Baby" and Disney's "Beauty and the Beast", but signs point to "Boss Baby" once again edging out "Beauty" for another No. 1 weekend. Sufficient buzz and the benefit of voice star Alec Baldwin's popular portrayal of President Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live" likely helped the film succeed, Dergarabedian said. In four weeks, Disney's live-action fairy tale has earned $432.3 million domestically.
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While the family films dominated, moviegoers had other options on a relatively quiet weekend.
The new Warner Bros. release "Going in Style" opened in fourth place, which brought in an estimated 12.5 million US dollars. The faith-based drama, from Pure Flix Films, tells the real-life story of a self-avowed atheist and journalist who sets out to disprove his wife's newfound Christian faith. For Paramount, this is yet another big blow following several other box office flops including Martin Scorsese's Oscar-nominated Silence and last summer's Ben-Hur remake.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore.
In a surprise twist, Village Roadshow and Warner Bros.' Going in Style - catering to the elderly set - came in well ahead of expectations with $12.5 million.