'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, Aug. 22 - Sun, Aug. 24

Wide (1000+)

1Guardians of the Galaxy$17,202,212-32%3,371-326$5,103$251,456,0694Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$16,725,447-41%3,864-116$4,329$145,535,2533Paramount
3If I Stay$15,679,190--2,907--$5,394$15,679,1901Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$10,810,533-39%3,14046$3,443$45,056,7012Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$8,381,509--2,673--$3,136$8,381,5091Sony / TriStar
6The Expendables 3$6,485,385-59%3,2210$2,013$27,403,5622Lionsgate
7The Giver$6,434,240-48%3,0030$2,143$23,804,7782Weinstein Company
8Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$6,317,683--2,894--$2,183$6,317,6831Weinstein / Dimension
9The Hundred-Foot Journey$5,339,006-26%1,944-99$2,746$32,527,2103Disney / DreamWorks
10Into the Storm$3,803,309-52%2,375-1059$1,601$38,304,6933Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

1Boyhood$1,663,411-17%723-48$2,301$1,632,5497IFC Films
2Magic in the Moonlight$1,211,276-32%787-177$1,539$6,700,6015Sony Pictures Classics
3Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$1,076,581-46%733-529$1,469$203,937,5517Fox
4Get On Up$932,595-52%579-522$1,611$28,697,5854Universal
5A Most Wanted Man$853,510-32%433-211$1,971$14,043,4995Roadside Attractions
6Hercules (2014)$849,796-60%622-853$1,366$69,936,0925Paramount
7Step Up All In$724,072-73%948-1124$764$13,688,1203Lionsgate / Summit
8What If$668,855-22%680-107$984$2,221,3093CBS Films
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$570,505-44%589-371$969$56,917,1346Disney
11Calvary$511,49426%240110$2,131$1,599,0074Fox Searchlight
12How to Train Your Dragon 2$500,324-14%353-24$1,417$172,107,28611Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Transformers: Age of Extinction$382,45986%28377$1,351$243,822,0629Paramount
14Earth to Echo$306,531238%781627$392$38,034,5728Relativity Media
15The Purge: Anarchy$305,530-52%295-280$1,036$70,711,2456Universal
16Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$260,94272%302261$864$6,526,22321Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Singham Returns$218,164-67%1270$1,718$1,085,3282Eros International
1822 Jump Street$176,499-26%135-37$1,307$190,267,74311Sony / Columbia
19And So It Goes$152,398-54%156-206$977$14,666,9995Clarius Entertainment
20X-Men: Days of Future Past$146,406-39%188-35$779$232,749,98714Fox
21Tammy$145,820-31%157-119$929$83,368,1608Warner Bros. / New Line
22Chef$141,473-16%105-17$1,347$29,517,27616Open Road
23The Fault in Our Stars$135,945-28%185-21$735$124,431,13412Fox
24Edge of Tomorrow$120,757-45%192-69$629$99,951,33912Warner Bros.
25Sex Tape$88,080-73%111-206$794$38,029,9746Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Admiral: Roaring Currents$435,128-23%4212$10,360$1,516,4213CJ Entertainment
2Love Is Strange$117,276--5--$23,455$117,2761Sony Pictures Classics
3The Trip to Italy$106,44648%107$10,645$213,7262IFC Films
4Land Ho!$77,48765%5221$1,490$353,9087Sony Pictures Classics
5Frank$55,161244%1211$4,597$86,5012Magnolia Pictures
6The One I Love$48,059--8--$6,007$48,0591RADiUS-TWC
7Yves Saint Laurent$46,350-56%213$2,207$492,2159Weinstein Company
8Jersey Boys$44,457-31%64-51$695$46,702,87810Warner Bros.
9Hubble 3D$43,797-17%8-2$5,475$45,824,150232Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Journey to the South Pacific$43,184-24%17-1$2,540$4,493,05539IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11Blended$36,064-48%66-45$546$46,280,50714Warner Bros.
12Begin Again$35,727-36%39-23$916$14,521,8599Weinstein Company
13Godzilla (2014)$34,892-57%70-48$498$200,661,30915Warner Bros.
14A Five Star Life$32,70357%140$2,336$194,3926Music Box Films
15Rio 2$28,394-58%72-56$394$131,482,65220Fox
17To Be Takei$22,846--22--$1,038$22,8461Starz Digital Media
18America (2014)$22,54018%7210$313$14,412,5829Lionsgate
19Third Person$22,154137%2414$923$940,27810Sony Pictures Classics
20Jerusalem 3D$17,883-7%110$1,626$5,004,90849National Geographic
21The Grand Seduction$16,147-34%19-6$850$3,366,79913eOne Films US
22The Fluffy Movie$14,713-64%30-21$490$2,820,9395Open Road
23Wish I Was Here$11,607-63%19-35$611$3,560,9456Focus
24Ida (2014)$10,658-10%171$627$3,648,92117Music Box Films
25Under the Sea 3D$10,470-3%3-3$3,490$34,298,296289Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Mood Indigo$8,689-64%13-12$668$247,0266Drafthouse Films
27Jealousy$8,67457%43$2,169$18,6982Distrib Films
28Belle$8,198-24%18-5$455$10,722,99017Fox Searchlight
29Born to Be Wild 3D$7,114-3%3-2$2,371$23,535,103177Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,064-25%17-7$416$111,479,54625Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3150 to 1$6,7853%2-1$3,393$882,20223Ten Furlongs
32Expedition to the End of the World$6,635--1--$6,635$9,4341Argot Pictures
33The Grand Budapest Hotel$6,424-18%8-1$803$59,073,77325Fox Searchlight
34A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$6,407429%41$1,602$160,57510Big World Pictures
35Abuse of Weakness$4,957-46%54$991$17,1472Strand Releasing
36Life Itself$4,620-39%8-14$578$768,0368Magnolia Pictures
37NightLights$3,982-43%1-1$3,982$11,8682Indican Pictures
38The Dog$3,143-55%11-5$286$36,2353Drafthouse Films
39Only Lovers Left Alive$2,670-13%2-1$1,335$1,864,94420Sony Pictures Classics
40Siddharth$2,491--1--$2,491$59,8089Zeitgeist Films
41Kabbalah Me$2,196--1--$2,196$2,1961First Run Features
42To the Arctic 3D$2,169361%2-1$1,085$14,168,039123Warner Bros. / IMAX
43We Are the Best!$1,99047%30$663$179,43013Magnolia Pictures
44The Olivia Experiment$1,862--1--$1,862$1,8621Indican Pictures
45The Lunchbox$1,830-21%4-1$458$4,218,68826Sony Pictures Classics
46K2: Siren of the Himalayas$1,421--2--$711$1,4211First Run Features
47The Last Sentence$1,364-57%1-2$1,364$60,74210Music Box Films
48A Master Builder$965-74%2-2$483$34,3655Abramorama
49Happy Christmas$885233%32$295$27,8625Magnolia Pictures
50Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$709-42%10$709$66,70328Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
51Fort McCoy$606-85%1-1$606$5,8062Monterey Media
52Ragnarok$522--1--$522$5221Magnolia / Magnet
53The Girl on the Train (2014)$382-1%1-1$382$1,7558Monterey Media
54The LEGO Movie$377-89%7-8$54$257,749,64729Warner Bros.
55Fed Up$286-86%2-3$143$1,538,89816RADiUS-TWC
56The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$284--1--$284$11,61515First Run Features
57Redwood Highway$101-31%10$101$131,91920Monterey Media