Dreamworks' Baby Bosses Beauty and the Beast
And 'Ghost in the Shell' tanks
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 2, 2017 11:01 AM CDT
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Scarlett Johansson appears in a scene from "Ghost in the Shell."   (Jasin Boland)
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(Newser) – The taskmaster toddler of Boss Baby has dethroned Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the box office with a $49 million debut. Studio estimates released Sunday said the DreamWorks Animation release starring Alec Baldwin as a suit-clad baby narrowly edged out the previous two-week leader. The live-action Beauty and the Beast took in $48 million in its third weekend. Final ticket sales figures will be released Monday, notes the AP.

Paramount's Ghost in the Shell couldn't compete with either family-friendly release. The dystopian science-fiction remake of the Japanese anime classic opened with just $19 million, a poor showing for a film that cost $110 million to make. Many took issue with the casting of Scarlett Johansson as the cyborg protagonist who was Japanese in the original.

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