Nostalgia Wasn't Enough To Get The New 'Smurfs' Film A Decent Debut

At $14 million, "Smurfs: The Lost Village" had the worst debut of all three Smurfs feature films.
Posted at 5:50 PM, Apr 09, 2017

While "The Smurfs" was a fine kids show, I think we can all agree three full-length feature films is excessive.

But before we get to those little blue creatures, holding on to the No. 1 spot for the second week in a row is Dreamworks "The Boss Baby," bringing in an estimated $26 million domestically. The animated film has overperformed since its debut and is looking at a strong $200 million worldwide total in just 10 days.

Speaking of overperforming: "Beauty and the Beast" takes second place again this week, earning about $25 million.

It's passed both "The Jungle Book" and "Alice in Wonderland" in domestic ticket sales — making it the most successful Disney live-action remake yet.

Which is a record I'm fairly certain won't last long with live-action remakes of "Mulan," "Aladdin" and "The Lion King" all in the works.

In box office flop news, "Smurfs: The Lost Village" brought in an estimated $14 million domestically in its debut weekend, confirming that not every old cartoon needs three full-length feature films in six years.

The first "Smurfs movie," released in 2011, was panned by critics but still managed to get more than half a billion dollars in worldwide ticket sales. 

Flash-forward six years, and the third (and presumably final) Smurfs movie is a little better. But unfortunately, viewers seem to have lost interest. This is the worst debut of all three films.

As for next week, it's the eighth installment you all probably haven't been waiting for, the "The Fate of the Furious."