Either way, it was a mistake for Sony Pictures to choose this particular release date for The Lost Village when we still have Twentieth Century Fox's The Boss Baby continuing its reign while Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast is still going strong weeks after its initial release.
Disney's fourth weekend of "Beauty and the Beast" will finish a close second with about $25.2 million at 4,210 venues in what will be the 10th-highest fourth weekend of all time.
The fairy tale, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, has conjured up a magical $432.3 million domestically and a huge trawl of $977.4 million globally, well on its way to $1 billion.
In first place, "The Boss Baby" added $26.3 million in its second weekend in theaters, bringing its North American total to $89.4 million. "Smurfs 2" earned 347.5 million US dollars worldwide in 2013, far less than the 563.7 million USA dollars global tally scored by "The Smurfs" in 2011.
Thanks to the two blockbuster films, family audiences really couldn't find Smurfs: The Lost Village. Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello and Jack McBrayer are among the voice cast and Kelly Asbury (Gnomeo & Juliet) directed.
In this image released by Warner Bros. Nabbing an A+ CinemaScore, Case for Christ stars Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway and Robert Forster. Reviews have been mixed with a 43% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes but the budget for the reboot, starring Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, is a modest $25 million. Internationally the film grossed an estimated $22 million from 58 markets for an worldwide total of $42.1 million and a global cume that now stands at $56.1 million.
As I mentioned in last week's box office report, April is not an exciting month for movies, with the exception of next weekend's The Fate of the Furious. The Focus Features film, starring Jessica Chastain, grossed a muted $2.9 million for a 10-day domestic total of $7.6 million.
LOS ANGELES (AP) The Smurfs are feeling a little blue this weekend.
STX Entertainment's critically acclaimed British romantic comedy Their Finest, starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy, debuted to $77,000 from four theaters in L.A. and NY for a screen average of $19,250.