Despite Downsizing, Boss Baby Wins Again

Hey, we all know it’s tough to make a buck these days. Competition is tougher than it’s ever been, and many of the rules of business have been upended by the digital, information economy. But if you’ve got a strong leader, you can still succeed in the cut-throat marketplace … even if that leader still sucks a pacifier.

The Boss Baby spent a second straight weekend atop the box office standings, adding another $26.3 million to its bottom line. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast finished second with about $25 million, pushing its four-week North American total to $432.3 million. And if you lump in its worldwide grosses, Beauty and the Beast is less than $23 million from becoming the year’s first $1 billion flick.

Smurfs: The Lost Village was the weekend’s highest earning newcomer, banking about 14 million smurfberries. With Smurfs’ weekend success, the weekend’s top three movies are all rated PG—theoretically a family friendly bonanza (with, of course, an asterisk on Beauty and the Beast’s much-discussed “event”).

Going in Style, the geriatric caper film starring Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine, finished fourth, pilfering $12.5 million. Ghost in the Shell closed out the Top Five with $7.4 million.

The Case for Christ, a film based on Lee Strobel’s bestselling apologetic book, didn’t crack the Top Five, but it did just fine, earning $3.9 million in about 1,200 theaters.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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