Ghost in the Shell Could Be One of 2017's Biggest Bombs

Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell

If there were any hopes that China and Japan might rescue "Ghost in the Shell" from its box-office spiral, they were dashed this weekend as the live-action adaptation earned $41 million overseas in its second weekend of release.

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China, where the Scarlett Johannson film opened on Friday, led international markets with $21.4 million. Its overseas total now stands at $92 million.

The story is even more grim in North America, where "Ghost in the Shell" raked in just $7.3 million in its second frame, ending the weekend at No. 5. The controversial live-action adaptation of the popular cyberpunk manga, which faced withering criticism for casting white actors in Japanese roles, has grossed $31.6 million in the United States, far short of its estimated $110 million production budget. Variety notes the film "is shaping up to be one of the year’s biggest bombs. "

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“We had hopes for better results domestically,” Kyle Davies, Paramount’s president of domestic distribution, recently acknowledged. "I think the conversation regarding casting impacted the reviews. You’ve got a movie that is very important to the fanboys since it’s based on a Japanese anime movie. So you’re always trying to thread that needle between honoring the source material and make a movie for a mass audience. That’s challenging, but clearly the reviews didn’t help.”

The North American box office was led by DreamWorks Animation's "The Boss Baby," which earned $26.3 million in its second weekend of release -- enough to stave off newcomer "Smurfs: The Lost Village" and the returning "Beauty and the Beast," which finished second with $25 million. The Disney film's domestic total now stands at $432.3 million million.

"Smurfs" finished a disappointing third with $14.1 million, followed by “Going in Style” with $12.5 million.

(via Exhibitor Relations)

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