Box Office: 'Boss Baby' stays in charge, edging 'Beauty and the Beast'

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In a tight battle, animated comedy "The Boss Baby" is again edging "Beauty and the Beast" with about $26.6 million at the pre-Easter weekend box office in North America, estimates showed Saturday.

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 North American haul for the live-action blockbuster will wind up at around $432.5 million. That's just behind "E.T. — The Extraterrestrial" for the 14th spot on the all-time list.

Sony's opening of the animated family film "Smurfs: The Lost Village" is heading for third with about $14.5 million at 3,610 locations. The film received an A+ CinemaScore from the under 18 demographic and A overall, giving hope that the blue creatures will show some holding power during final weeks of spring break.

New Line's launch of senior-citizen heist comedy "Going in Style" is following in fourth with about $12.1 million at 3,061 sites — well above recent expectations, which had forecast a quiet finish around $8 million. 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.

See photos from "The Boss Baby" premiere:

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Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin bring kids to 'Boss Baby' premiere
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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, Rafael Thomas Baldwinand Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Actor Alec Baldwin, Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin and Rafael Thomas Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, Rafael Thomas Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Rafael Thomas Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin and Carmen Gabriela Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Rafael Thomas Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Baldwin, Rafael Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Baldwin, Rafael Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Rafael Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin and Carmen Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Actor Alec Baldwin and daughter Carmen Gabriela Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, Rafael Thomas Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Hilaria Baldwin and Rafael Thomas Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, actor Alec Baldwin, Rafael Thomas Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Carmen Gabriela Baldwin and Alec Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Baldwin, Rafael Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin and Carmen Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Carmen Baldwin, Alec Baldwin, Rafael Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Baldwin, Rafael Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, Alec Baldwin, Leonardo Angel Charles Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, Rafael Thomas Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, Rafael Thomas Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Rafael Thomas Baldwin attends 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Rafael Thomas Baldwin attends 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Rafael Thomas Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin and Carmen Gabriela Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Rafael Thomas Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin and Carmen Gabriela Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Alec Baldwin, Rafael Thomas Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin and Carmen Gabriela Baldwin attend 'The Boss Baby' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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"The Boss Baby" grossed $6.9 million Friday while "Beauty and the Beast" charmed its way to $6.8 million. "Going in Style" took in $4.2 million on Friday, edging "Smurfs: The Lost Village" with $4.1 million.

Paramount's second weekend of "Ghost in the Shell" is fading fast in fifth with about $7.1 million at 3,440 venues — a 62% decline from the disappointing opening weekend for the action fantasy, based on a popular Japanese manga. Blowback from the casting of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role, rather than an Asian actress, appears to have held down ticket sales.

Liosngate's third weekend of "Power Rangers" will finish sixth with about $6.2 million, followed by the fifth frame of "Kong: Skull Mountain" with around $5.6 million — pushing the giant ape's take to $156 million. "Kong: Skull Island" crossed the $500 million worldwide mark earlier this week for Warner Bros., Legendary and Tencent.

Pure Flix's opening of faith-based "The Case for Christ" is performing in line with estimates and should wind up in eighth place with a respectable $4.5 million at 1,135 sites.

"The Boss Baby," produced by DreamWorks Animation, has been a surprise success so far with a $50 million launch weekend — one of the best ever for a comedy opening in the first quarter. It will wind up this weekend with nearly $90 million in its first 10 days.

"Smurfs: The Lost Village" is Sony's third film in the franchise about blue humanoids living in mushroom-shaped houses. The studio's live action-CGI "The Smurfs" grossed $563.7 million globally in 2011, followed by 2013's "The Smurfs 2," which made $347.5 million worldwide on a $105 million budget. "The Lost Village" was shot entirely CGI and carries a $60 million budget.

See photos from the "Smurfs" premiere:

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Ariel Winter at the 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' premiere
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CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 01: Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at ArcLight Cinemas on April 1, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 01: Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at ArcLight Cinemas on April 1, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 01: Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at ArcLight Cinemas on April 1, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 01: Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the Premiere Of Sony Pictures' 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at ArcLight Cinemas on April 1, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 01: Actress Ariel Winter attends the premiere of 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at ArcLight Cinemas on April 1, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 01: Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at ArcLight Cinemas on April 1, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 01: Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at ArcLight Cinemas on April 1, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 01: Actress Ariel Winter attends the premiere of 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at ArcLight Cinemas on April 1, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 01: Actress Ariel Winter attends the premiere of 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at ArcLight Cinemas on April 1, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 01: Ariel Winter and Meghan Trainor arrive at the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at ArcLight Cinemas on April 1, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 01: Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the Premiere Of Sony Pictures' 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at ArcLight Cinemas on April 1, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 01: (L-R) Actors Meghan Trainor, Demi Lovato and Ariel Winter attend the premiere of 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at ArcLight Cinemas on April 1, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 01: Actress Ariel Winter attends the premiere of 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at ArcLight Cinemas on April 1, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 01: (L-R) Actors Danny Pudi, Joe Manganiello, Meghan Trainor, Demi Lovato, Ariel Winter, Jack McBrayer and Jeff Dunham attend the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at ArcLight Cinemas on April 1, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 01: Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at ArcLight Cinemas on April 1, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
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