Grosses

'Kung Fu Panda 3' Fends Off Openers with $5.2M on Friday; 'Hail, Caesar!' Bows to $4.3M; 'The Choice' Opens with $2.5M; 'PPZ' Pulls $2.0M; 'Star Wars' Crosses $900M Threshold on FridayFebruary 06, 2016 02:55 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Fox reports this morning that Kung Fu Panda 3 held onto first place against this weekend's trio of new releases. The well-received animated sequel scored $5.2 million on Friday, down just 50 percent from opening day last week. That brings its domestic tally up to a healthy $53.25 million after eight days of release as it aims to continue cornering the family market through February. BoxOffice is projecting a sophomore frame around $21.5 million.

The Coen Brothers' star-studded Hail, Caesar! opened to an estimated $4.31 million on Friday, including Thursday night's $543,000 launch. Unfortunately, the film proved to be more front-loaded than expected, which will probably result in a weekend finish closer to pre-release expectations. By comparison, The Monuments Men earned over $6.9 million on its opening day with a near identical Thursday night figure of $545,000 included. Although critics have generally approved of the film with a 79 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, early word of mouth among audiences doesn't appear to be nearly as positive judging by the disappointing 51 percent Flixster score this morning. BoxOffice and Universal are both projecting an opening weekend around $11.6 million. Hopefully the pic will find legs after Super Bowl Sunday and in the weeks ahead.

Lionsgate reports that The Choice took in an estimated $2.48 million in third place for its opening day. Unfortunately, that fell 40 percent short of fellow Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me, which bowed to a $4.1 million opening day in October 2014. While critics have given the film just a 6 percent score, word of mouth is more middling (relative to most romantic drama scores) at 54 percent. The one bit of good news for the film is that it could prove back-loaded as it will aim to benefit from Valentine's date crowds next weekend. For now though, it's looking at an opening weekend around $5.5 million.

The Revenant came in fourth place on Friday with an estimated $2.08 million, off just 35 percent from last week. That brings the 12-time Oscar nominee's domestic total to an excellent $144.7 million and counting. Look for a weekend finish around $6.5 million.

Sony's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies landed in fifth place with its debut yesterday, pulling in a disappointing $2.035 million. The film had been tracking fairly well via social media outlets, but that unfortunately didn't translate to the box office despite the studio hoping to duplicate past teen/young adult-friendly openers on Super Bowl weekend. On the plus side, the film claims the best Flixster score (61 percent) among this weekend's openers despite a poor 41 percent critics' score. Sony is projecting a $5.3 million weekend, although we're a bit more conserative at $5.1 million.

Finally, Star Wars: The Force Awakens officially became the first movie in history to cross the $900 million threshold domestically on Friday with another $1.76 million in its 50th day of release. With a total of $900.8 million in the bank, the all-time domestic box office champion continues to hold strongly in the post-holiday winter season as it eased just 29 percent from last Friday. We're projecting a weekend tally around $6.6 million, which would put it in a close race against The Revenant for third place this weekend.

Updated weekend estimates from the studios will be posted on Sunday morning.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Dec. 3 - Sun, Dec. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tangled$21,608,891-56%3,6030$5,997$96,570,8122Disney
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$17,018,475-65%4,1250$4,126$244,519,1163Warner Bros.
3Burlesque$6,130,061-49%3,0370$2,018$26,986,6562Sony / Screen Gems
4Unstoppable (2010)$5,970,194-48%3,152-31$1,894$68,762,8644Fox
5Love and Other Drugs$5,652,810-42%2,4583$2,300$22,574,8872Fox
6Megamind$4,936,851-61%3,173-238$1,556$136,611,1615Paramount / DreamWorks
7Due Date$4,133,286-42%2,450-105$1,687$90,882,1385Warner Bros.
8Faster (2010)$3,934,600-54%2,47016$1,593$18,217,7302CBS Films
9The Warrior's Way$3,048,665--1,622--$1,880$3,048,6651Relativity Media
10The Next Three Days$2,570,908-45%2,236-328$1,150$18,301,9173Lionsgate
11Morning Glory (2010)$1,681,759-57%2,263-178$743$29,011,4824Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$1,619,138-5%433140$3,739$6,611,7625Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$970,358-38%43640$2,226$7,306,4425Summit
3Red (2010)$750,940-45%779-135$964$87,170,9128Summit
4For Colored Girls$444,403-67%485-120$916$37,252,0235Lionsgate
5Skyline$436,355-62%578-611$755$20,955,3954Universal / Rogue
6The Social Network$404,456-43%260-31$1,556$90,970,12310Sony / Columbia
7Secretariat$256,739-60%402-99$639$57,946,3379Disney
8The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$243,159-38%1768$1,382$4,408,9536Music Box
9Despicable Me$216,975-40%28014$775$250,004,04022Universal
10Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$214,304199%322192$666$54,811,20711Warner Bros.
11The Town$202,909-36%3180$638$91,735,51312Warner Bros.
12Inside Job$195,394-36%127-5$1,539$2,927,8999Sony Pictures Classics
13Easy A$138,473-31%229-22$605$58,128,34512Sony / Screen Gems
14Jackass 3D$110,580-39%180-3$614$116,733,0288Paramount
15Life As We Know It$102,958-33%208-41$495$52,122,4009Warner Bros.
16Paranormal Activity 2$101,029-54%200-79$505$84,257,4887Paramount
17You Again$71,656-40%170-9$422$25,602,18111Disney
18Conviction$67,695-8%10721$633$6,663,8278Fox Searchlight
19Inception$67,426-44%117-27$576$292,383,90021Warner Bros.
20The Nutcracker in 3D$60,771-8%11570$528$159,5152Freestyle Releasing
21Hereafter$49,924-37%114-88$438$32,438,0418Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$1,443,809--18--$80,212$1,443,8091Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$324,515-9%62$54,086$807,9732Weinstein Company
3I Love You Phillip Morris$112,712--6--$18,785$112,7121Roadside Attractions
4Hubble 3D$110,927-44%53-4$2,093$18,945,31838Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$80,505--15--$5,367$179,4585Warner Bros.
6Guzaarish$58,265-69%58-38$1,005$989,5273UTV
7Today's Special$50,293-42%262$1,934$276,1123Alerion
8Waiting for 'Superman'$40,497-33%8516$476$6,321,43211Paramount Vantage
9Made in Dagenham$37,275-40%110$3,389$181,2323Sony Pictures Classics
10All Good Things$37,172--2--$18,586$37,1721Magnolia Pictures
11Tamara Drewe$37,06219%4723$789$422,3999Sony Pictures Classics
12White Material$35,028-42%143$2,502$165,2343IFC
13Tiny Furniture$31,216-11%1510$2,081$139,6544IFC
14You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$27,084-44%16-17$1,693$3,153,33811Sony Pictures Classics
15The Salvation Poem$26,248884%20$13,124$471,3858CanZion Films
16Under the Sea 3D$25,734-52%130$1,980$24,989,64195Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$21,902-52%59-31$371$52,437,86211Fox
18Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$17,476-23%110$1,589$246,3048Zeitgeist Films
19Mao's Last Dancer$17,421-44%231$757$4,806,75016Samuel Goldwyn
20Nowhere Boy$15,7045%23-17$683$1,445,3669Weinstein Company
21Howl$15,37875%81$1,922$540,39811Oscilloscope
22Night Catches Us$13,562--4--$3,391$13,5621Magnolia
23Leaving$13,16846%132$1,013$158,01710IFC
24Four Lions$13,105-29%92$1,456$183,3905Drafthouse Films
25Kings of Pastry$12,929-33%7-1$1,847$211,66012First Run
26Stone$12,664-24%22-1$576$1,761,4379Relativity / Overture
27Space Station 3D$12,204--3--$4,068$82,426,232451IMAX
28Welcome to the Riley's$12,191-15%113$1,108$152,8576Samuel Goldwyn
29Wild Target$11,87652%137$914$91,7346Freestyle
30Waste Land$9,4212%5-1$1,884$89,3436Arthouse Films
31Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$9,281--1--$9,281$9,2811Oscilloscope
32Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$8,849-42%8-4$1,106$141,6445Magnolia
33Marwencol$8,501154%52$1,700$48,8889Cinema Guild
34Breathless (2010 re-issue)$8,470108%32$2,823$357,04428Rialto
35Enter the Void$8,4167%137$647$311,57411IFC Films
36Bhutto$8,275--2--$4,138$8,2751First Run Features
37Monsters (2010)$7,788-42%153$519$220,8796Magnolia
38Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,825-24%30$2,275$23,453,266166National Geographic
39What If...$6,297805%76$900$764,51816Five & Two Pictures
40Undertow (2009)$6,183-55%31$2,061$45,87512Wolfe Releasing
41The Tillman Story$5,675105%141$405$799,99516Weinstein Company
42Last Train Home$5,390-45%4-1$1,348$272,55614Zeitgeist Films
43The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$4,857-61%5-3$971$671,25518National Geographic
44Budrus$4,35094%10$4,350$53,5639Balcony Releasing
45Deep Sea 3D$3,912-49%2-1$1,956$43,907,588249Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Get Low$3,746-50%11-1$341$9,097,78719Sony Pictures Classics
47Mesrine: Killer Instinct$3,730--3--$1,243$529,42015Music Box
48Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$3,712--2--$1,856$12,0075Variance Films
49Carlos$3,473-23%2-1$1,737$120,5598IFC
50Let Me In$2,735-59%11-20$249$12,134,42010Relativity / Overture
51Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,7058%31$902$154,40613Lorber
52Heartbreaker$2,573-42%7-4$368$496,14513IFC
53Winter's Bone$2,137231%20$1,069$6,228,91026Roadside Attractions
54Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,990--2--$995$45,4126Variance Films
55William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$1,932-63%20$966$25,9693Oscilloscope
56Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,88368%21$942$72,24224Kino International
57Jack Goes Boating$1,822-63%90$202$533,29012Relativity / Overture
58Cool It$1,49363%1514$100$59,9014Roadside Attractions
59The Little Traitor$1,463--1--$1,463$379,06452Westchester Films
60Inspector Bellamy$1,454-82%2-2$727$93,6516IFC Films
61Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,344--2--$672$258,91014Music Box
62My Dog Tulip$1,277-82%1-1$1,277$135,29714New Yorker Films
63To the Sea$1,202--1--$1,202$53,47621Film Movement
64The Legend of Pale Male$1,083-92%10$1,083$19,8032Balcony
65The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$1,01233%41$253$10,090,23938Music Box
66Mademoiselle Chambon$855-47%3-1$285$525,14628Lorber
67The Girl Who Played With Fire$844-46%4-2$211$7,632,66522Music Box
68Restrepo$836--2--$418$1,330,89424National Geographic
69Hideaway (2009)$694-37%30$231$34,16513Strand
70Animal Kingdom$670-81%3-2$223$1,011,09717Sony Pictures Classics
71The Trouble with Terkel$500-37%10$500$29,63537Indican
72A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$391-32%2-1$196$187,91814Sony Pictures Classics
73Lebanon$26015%10$260$366,23760Sony Pictures Classics
74The Kids Grow Up$105--1--$105$10,6176Shadow Distribution