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

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It earned $3.9 million. This is the second week in a row that The Boss Baby has passed other releases and most importantly, Beauty and the Beast.

Among the new releases, "Smurfs: The Lost Village" took in $14 million for Sony's Columbia Pictures.

Honestly, the industry is waiting patiently for the next "Fast and Furious" movie, "The Fate of the Furious", to finally hit screens and bring some respectability to April grosses.

Smurfs, which cost US$60 million to make, has not charmed critics either. The Scarlett Johansson starrer has now taken just $31.5 million Stateside and really has to go some to recoup that reported $110 million-plus budget.

The first two Smurfs movies made $563 million (GBP455) and $347.5 million (GBP281 million) around the world in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

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"Going in Style" collected $12.5 million for Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. and New Line divisions, compared with estimates that ranged from $7.2 million to $11 million. But the result is about the same, with the film taking in less than THE SMURFS 2. That being said, there's little doubt in my mind that Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, and Morgan Freeman were the reason people are showing up for a movie I was certain would die a slow death at the box office.

In limited release, the Chris Evans drama "Gifted" took in $476,000 from 56 theaters, while the World War II drama "Their Finest" grossed $77,000 from four screens in NY and Los Angeles.

Fox Searchlight opted for a bigger footprint for Gifted, directed by Marc Webb and starring Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace and Octavia Spencer. The movie beat the Smurfs overseas, collecting $37.5-M from 46 markets for a foreign tally of $110.4-M and a box office of almost $200-M worldwide. Factory's The Ticket, FilmRise's Truman Screen Media's The Void and Funimation's Your Name.

Looking ahead to next weekend, Universal's highly-anticipated sequel The Fate of the Furious will open nationwide, going up against the Open Road Films animated comedy Spark.

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