Alec Baldwin’s The Boss Baby has stomped its way to the top of the North American box office to end Beauty and the Beast’s chart reign.
Disney’s movie musical has been enchanting film fans since its launch in mid-March, but after two weeks at number one, it has been dethroned by The Boss Baby, in which Baldwin voices the ambitious titular character.
The animated family comedy, which co-stars Lisa Kudrow, Steve Buscemi, Tobey Maguire, and Jimmy Kimmel, debuted atop the new countdown with an impressive $50 million, just ahead of Beauty and the Beast, which settles for second place with $48 million.
Scarlett Johansson’s new fantasy action film Ghost in the Shell failed to put up a fight and enters at number three with a disappointing $18.6 million.
The lackluster box office performance doesn’t come as much of a surprise – the movie, a live-action adaptation of the Japanese graphic novels of the same name, has been dogged by controversy ever since Scarlett was cast in the lead role as The Major.
Many critics accused director Rupert Sanders of white-washing the classic manga series by recruiting The Avengers beauty for the gig, instead of hiring an Asian actor, but he dismissed the backlash and insisted Scarlett was the right person for the job.
The actress also played down the claims, insisting her character should not be associated with any one race because she’s a cyborg.
“I think this character is living a very unique experience, and she is a human brain in an entirely machine body,” Scarlett recently explained on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America. “She’s essentially identity-less.”
“I would never attempt to play a person of a different race, obviously,” she continued. “Hopefully any question that comes up of my casting will hopefully be answered by audiences when they see the film.”
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