Will a temperamental animated baby or a new sci-fi flick be able to take down a beauty and a beast this weekend at the box office? Here’s our prediction:
The Boss Baby is a new Dreamworks Animation film starring the voice of Alec Baldwin as a badass baby who should remind audiences of a certain POTUS, intentionally or not. Even though reviews are currently pretty poor for the film, families who have already taken in Beauty and the Beast will likely head to theatres this weekend for The Boss Baby. Look for a second place showing with $35 million.
Also opening this weekend is Ghost in the Shell, the adaptation of the classic Japanese comic book and anime film, starring the decidedly non-Asian Scarlett Johansson in the lead role. The film has been slammed for white-washing what many felt should have been a diverse cast, and coupled with the bad reviews suggesting the film is more style than substance, its doubtful that Ghost in the Shell will be the break-out hit the studio was likely hoping for. Look for a third place showing with $30 million.
As for the rest of the top five, Beauty and the Beast will have no trouble holding on to the top spot with $50 million. Power Rangers will drop to fourth place with $20.5 million, while Kong: Skull Island will close things out in fifth place with $9 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Beauty and the Beast – $50 million
2) The Boss Baby – $35 million
3) Ghost in the Shell – $30 million
4) Power Rangers – $20.5 million
5) Kong: Skull Island – $9 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns!