Boss Baby still in charge of the U.S. box office as Smurfs stumble

The weekend's big surprise is Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine's Going in Style, which picked up half of its $25 million of its budget.

Alec Baldwin's Boss Baby is in charge of the North American box office for a second week, keeping The Smurfs from number one.

The animated film, featuring Baldwin as a suit-wearing infant, hauled in $26 million (GBP21 million) over the weekend to take its domestic tally to almost $90 million (GBP73 million).

Disney's Beauty & the Beast, featuring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, stays put at two on the new box office countdown, while another family-friendly film, Smurfs: The Lost Village, debuts at three with $14 million (GBP11.3 million).

Beauty & the Beast, which is close to hitting the $1 billion mark globally after just a month on release, has hit $432 million (GBP349 million) in North America alone.

Meanwhile, the new Smurfs movie, which features the voices of Demi Lovato and Joe Manganiello, just dents the top three with a disappointing opening weekend, raking in $13 million (GBP10.5 million).

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

Studio bosses are hoping spring break in America and the upcoming Easter weekend will help to swell the lacklustre debut figures.

Zach Braff‘s new film Going in Style, which stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin as unlikely bank robbers, and Scarlett Johansson's critically-panned Ghost in the Shell rounds out the new top five.

Going in Style, a remake of a 1979 heist film, was the weekend's big surprise - it was expected to open around the $8 million (GBP6.5 million) mark, but impressed with $12.5 million (GBP10 million). That's exactly half the movie's budget.

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