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. (Read more box office stories.)