Weekend Box Office Wrap-up: April 9, 2017

Repeating in the top spot is The Boss Baby, which made $26.3 million in its second weekend. That’s a 47.6 percent drop-off from its debut. (SR)

Lionsgate Acquires ‘The Punch Escrow’

Lionsgate is in final negotiations to acquire the film rights to tech entrepreneur Tal M. Klein’s upcoming sci-fi thriller novel The Punch Escrow. No producers are attached at present. (DAR)

‘Star’ Recruits ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Alum Karin Gist As Season 2 Showrunner

Karin Gist will take over as showrunner on Season 2 of Lee Daniels’ new Fox series Star. Gist will take over the music drama series as part of a new two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. (VAR)

Netflix Orders High School-Set Teen Comedy Series ‘Alexa & Katie’

Netflix is setting its sights on a much lighter teen series, following the release of the high school drama 13 Reasons Why. (TVL)

Ricky Martin Joins FX’s ‘Versace: American Crime Story’

He joins Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez and Darren Criss in the third season of the FX anthology from Ryan Murphy. (THR)

‘Criminal Minds’ Renewed For Season 13

It’s lucky No. 13 for Criminal Minds: CBS has renewed the procedural for a 13th season. The show was not part of the network’s batch of early renewals last month, but that’s nothing new. (TVG)

Showtime’s ‘Billions’ Ups Asia Kate Dillon To Series Regular For Season 3

Challenging the conventions of the Emmy categories this year, Asia Kate Dillon will now be solidly in the heart of Showtime’s Billions for Season 3. The performer will be upped to series regular for the upcoming season. (DH)

Academy Changes Oscar Voting Rules For Best Animated Feature

Best Animated Feature will be treated like Best Picture in that anyone can vote for any nominee. (COLL)

Things Are Getting Confusing With All This Streaming Stuff

YouTube just announced its own TV distribution option. The new format allows for use of an unlimited, cloud-based DVR that lasts for up to nine months, and the ability to watch live programming on whichever device might be closest to you. (TB)

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