'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, Mar. 1 - Sun, Mar. 3

Wide (1000+)

1Jack the Giant Slayer$27,202,226--3,525--$7,717$27,202,2261Warner Bros. / New Line
2Identity Thief$9,706,145-31%3,2308$3,005$107,433,2504Universal
321 And Over$8,754,168--2,771--$3,159$8,754,1681Relativity Media
4Snitch (2013)$7,768,391-41%2,5110$3,094$24,478,7302Lionsgate / Summit
5The Last Exorcism Part II$7,728,354--2,700--$2,862$7,728,3541CBS Films
6Escape From Planet Earth$6,619,827-38%3,110-243$2,129$43,106,8773Weinstein Company
7Safe Haven$6,278,530-40%2,951-272$2,128$57,072,0133Relativity Media
8Silver Linings Playbook$5,723,0100%1,836-176$3,117$115,302,64916Weinstein Company
9A Good Day to Die Hard$4,572,486-55%2,589-966$1,766$59,696,5273Fox
10Dark Skies$3,468,553-58%2,3130$1,500$13,365,2402Weinstein / Dimension
11Warm Bodies$2,578,256-47%1,930-714$1,336$61,937,9305Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$1,748,144-48%1,112-958$1,572$28,072,4534Open Road
13Beautiful Creatures (2013)$951,310-74%1,075-1875$885$18,557,7443Warner Bros.
14Phantom (2013)$508,000--1,118--$454$508,0001RCR Media Group

Limited (100 — 999)

1Life of Pi$2,375,60948%62654$3,795$117,018,62515Fox
2Argo$2,103,34215%985183$2,135$132,659,72721Warner Bros.
3Quartet$1,781,52658%725369$2,457$11,181,3168Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$1,300,719-42%722-475$1,802$93,574,80111Sony / Columbia
5Lincoln$985,237-33%652-223$1,511$180,071,29317Disney / DreamWorks
6Django Unchained$976,9301%983324$994$160,268,93710Weinstein Company
7Wreck-It Ralph$572,229-11%352-50$1,626$187,388,93518Disney
8Les Miserables (2012)$572,035-10%352-110$1,625$147,631,64510Universal
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$554,326-67%601-824$922$54,092,2436Paramount
10Amour$466,145-35%3335$1,400$5,865,62411Sony Pictures Classics
12Rise of The Guardians$289,557-22%295-10$982$102,386,10715Paramount / DreamWorks
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$267,754-51%210-178$1,275$301,402,74612Warner Bros. / New Line
14Kai Po Che$258,240-51%104-6$2,483$876,5682UTV Motion Pictures
15Parental Guidance$208,431-30%258-123$808$76,060,89210Fox
16Jack Reacher$190,313170%225125$846$79,682,72611Paramount
17Bless Me, Ultima$182,377-61%183-80$997$1,261,2932Arenas Entertainment
18The Impossible$159,761-45%151-122$1,058$18,322,58811Lionsgate / Summit
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$113,995-46%180-43$633$292,298,92316Lionsgate / Summit
20A Haunted House$101,138-50%169-133$598$40,041,6838Open Road
21Gangster Squad$92,226-34%138-64$668$45,753,3918Warner Bros.
22The Guilt Trip$83,332-39%133-53$627$37,101,01111Paramount
23Skyfall$73,529-49%101-83$728$304,295,23817Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Gatekeepers$251,05988%4627$5,458$681,1775Sony Pictures Classics
2Stoker$160,547--7--$22,935$160,5471Fox Searchlight
3The Attacks of 26/11$159,619--51--$3,130$159,6191Eros International
4The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$143,532--68--$2,111$143,5321Methinx Entertainment
5Monsters, Inc. 3D$106,034212%7934$1,342$33,429,46811Disney
6No (2013)$101,41345%115$9,219$308,4443Sony Pictures Classics
7A Place at the Table$92,257--35--$2,636$92,2571Magnolia Pictures
8The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$73,705-72%48-198$1,536$2,061,8125ShortsHD
9Beasts of the Southern Wild$70,442-67%42-31$1,677$12,687,67336Fox Searchlight
10To the Arctic 3D$60,4047%520$1,162$11,476,23346Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Hubble 3D$58,3770%24-1$2,432$36,645,223155Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Searching For Sugar Man$57,55277%399$1,476$3,394,46532Sony Pictures Classics
13Hyde Park on Hudson$51,019-20%38-27$1,343$6,215,99413Focus
14Bullet to the Head$40,9335%86-19$476$9,454,4045Warner Bros.
15Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$39,8879%237$1,734$165,7636Music Box Films
16Lore$38,27389%124$3,189$173,3214Music Box Films
1756 Up$37,720-32%27-5$1,397$523,5269First Run Features
18Broken City$33,268-33%69-29$482$19,640,6917Fox
19Koch$28,76937%167$1,798$207,7565Zeitgeist Films
20A Royal Affair$27,047-26%19-6$1,424$1,376,06317Magnolia Pictures
21Born to Be Wild 3D$25,113-8%300$837$22,086,541100Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Space Station 3D$23,67525%40$5,919$87,298,535568IMAX
24The Sweeney$20,321--11--$1,847$20,3211eOne Films US
25Stand Up Guys$17,362-51%17-24$1,021$3,301,0465Lionsgate / Roadside
26Like Someone in Love$14,005-36%8-1$1,751$82,9453IFC Films
27West of Memphis$13,30121%120$1,108$162,76510Sony Pictures Classics
28Rust and Bone$11,358-44%26-4$437$2,002,27215Sony Pictures Classics
29Sound City$10,762-32%13-4$828$334,0585Variance Films
30Hitchcock$10,262-26%193$540$5,984,41215Fox Searchlight
31The Sessions$9,9724%13-3$767$5,988,95520Fox Searchlight
32Leviathan (2013)$9,050--1--$9,050$9,0501Cinema Guild
33Under the Sea 3D$9,04558%80$1,131$32,588,866212Warner Bros. / IMAX
34War Witch$8,714--2--$4,357$8,7141Tribeca Film
35Hava Nagila (The Movie)$8,218--1--$8,218$46,5031International Film Circuit
36The Master$8,116-76%12-8$676$16,362,26725Weinstein Company
37Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$6,918262%41$1,730$23,0045First Run Features
38John Dies at the End$6,592-67%15-2$439$102,9126Magnolia / Magnet
39Deep Sea 3D$6,23257%51$1,246$45,442,085366Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Camp (2013)$6,097-22%21$3,049$15,4122Freestyle Releasing
41Movie 43$5,004-59%17-4$294$8,808,9836Relativity Media
42Let My People Go!$4,700--3--$1,567$16,8618Zeitgeist Films
43A Late Quartet$4,147-24%6-1$691$1,551,84618Entertainment One / RKO
44Welcome to Pine Hill$3,629--1--$3,629$3,6291Oscilloscope
45Brooklyn Castle$3,074--1--$3,074$219,40720Producers Distribution Agency
46Yossi$2,532-72%2-5$1,266$82,4856Strand Releasing
47The Condemned (2013)$2,511--1--$2,511$2,5111Strand Releasing
48The End of Love$1,955--2--$978$1,9551Variance Films
49The Waiting Room$1,926-16%30$642$206,28023International Film Circuit
50Beware of Mr. Baker$1,742-29%10$1,742$114,27114SnagFilms
515 Broken Cameras$1,682-8%20$841$100,57640Kino Lorber
52Any Day Now$1,547--3--$516$186,79912Music Box Films
53Inescapable$1,410-9%75$201$4,0632IFC Films
54A Fierce Green Fire$1,266--1--$1,266$1,2661First Run Features
55ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$867-94%2-7$434$221,9084UTV Motion Pictures
56The Sorcerer and the White Snake$747-24%10$747$17,5504Magnolia / Magnet
57Step Up to the Plate$672--1--$672$47,02725Cinema Guild
5811 Flowers$452-87%20$226$6,0322First Run Features
59Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$438--1--$438$96,05222Roadside Attractions
60Radio Unnameable$36058%10$360$20,81924Kino Lorber
61Neighboring Sounds$248--1--$248$52,29028Cinema Guild
62Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder$107--1--$107$2,1804First Run Features
63In Another Country$80--1--$80$24,90317Kino Lorber