Computer-animated comedy "The Boss Baby" from 20th Century Fox was at the No. 1 spot on comScore Inc.'s rankings of top 10 video on-demand titles for the week ended July 30, while Warner Bros. monster movie "Kong: Skull Island" slid to No. 2.
Based on a 2010 picture book of the same name, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee, "The Boss Baby" features the voice of Alec Baldwin as the title character. The movie follows a baby, who is a secret agent involved in a clandestine war between babies and puppies, and his 7-year-old brother Tim. The two brothers pair up to stop the plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. The film also features the voice talents of Miles Bakshi, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow and Tobey Maguire.
"The Boss Baby" pulled in $174.8 million at the local box office and about $322.3 million abroad for a worldwide total of roughly $497.1 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. ComScore estimated the movie's local revenue to be $174.7 million.
The animation was met with a lukewarm reception from both critics and general audiences, receiving a 51% "rotten" rating and an audience score of 53% on RottenTomatoes.com, with the critical consensus that its "talented cast, glimmers of wit, and flashes of visual inventiveness can't make up for a thin premise and a disappointing willingness to settle for doody jokes." The film received a score of 50 out of a 100 on Metacritic and a user score of 5.1, with IMDb's rating standing at a 6.4 as of Aug. 8.
A reboot of the "King Kong" franchise, "Kong: Skull Island" slipped to the No. 2 spot for the measured period. The monster movie is the second film in the "MonsterVerse" franchise and stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Jing Tian, Shea Whigham and Thomas Mann. Based on a story by John Gatins, the movie follows a group of scientists and American soldiers who go to an unfamiliar island in the Pacific where they meet frightening creatures and a huge ape: Kong.
"Skull Island" raked in about $168.1 million at the U.S. box office and $398.6 million at the foreign box office for a global total of about $566.7 million, compared with a production budget of $185 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. According to comScore estimates, the movie made $168.0 million in the U.S.
Reactions to the movie were favorable, both from the critics and the general audiences. The reboot received a 76% "certified fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes.com and a 71% audience score. "Offering exhilarating eye candy, solid acting, and a fast-paced story, Kong: Skull Island earns its spot in the movie monster's mythos without ever matching up to the classic original," the website wrote. The film scored a 62 out of 100 on Metacritic and a user score of 6.7, while IMDb's rating stood at a 6.8.
Viacom Inc.-owned Paramount's action science fiction "Ghost in the Shell" was at the No. 3 spot for the same period. Based on the eponymous Japanese manga by Masamune Shirow, the futuristic film is set in a time when the distinction between robots and humans is slowly eroding. It follows a cyborg soldier, played by Scarlett Johansson, who wants to know about her past. Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han and Juliette Binoche also star in the movie.
"Ghost in the Shell" generated about $40.6 million domestically and $129.2 million overseas for an overall total of $169.8 million, against a production budget of $110 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. ComScore estimated the film's domestic gross to be $40.5 million.
The movie's reception was mixed: it received a 45% "rotten" rating on RottenTomatoes.com, which wrote that it "boasts cool visuals and a compelling central performance from Scarlett Johansson, but the end result lacks the magic of the movie's classic source material." The audience score on the website was 55%. On Metacritic, the sci-fi movie scored a 52 out of 100 and a user score of 7.0, with IMDb's rating at a 6.5.
20th Century Fox is a unit of 21st Century Fox Inc. Warner Bros. is owned by Time Warner Inc.