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.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Jun. 2 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$3,445,815-11%4,3678$789$154,132,9202Paramount / DreamWorks
2Sex and the City 2$3,214,000-7%3,445--$933$57,717,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
3Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$2,423,287-21%3,646--$665$43,311,5271Disney
4Iron Man 2$1,220,457-12%3,804-373$321$282,259,6244Paramount
5Robin Hood$944,445-14%3,373-132$280$88,185,0753Universal
6Letters to Juliet$671,472-5%2,825-150$238$39,577,6673Summit
7MacGruber$229,140-10%2,546-5$90$8,158,4302Universal / Rogue
8Just Wright$193,238-13%1,195-636$162$19,247,3113Fox Searchlight
9Date Night$184,4431%1,126-743$164$94,372,6178Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$98,000-4%891-1234$110$62,107,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
2How to Train Your Dragon$87,496-4%825-926$106$213,296,27910Paramount / DreamWorks
3Babies$62,9806%301-94$209$6,212,9634Focus
4City Island$33,935-2%201-33$169$4,930,58211Anchor Bay
5The Back-up Plan$33,410-7%391-688$85$36,664,4196CBS Films
6Hot Tub Time Machine$29,0000%36486$80$50,065,00010MGM
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid$28,9823%283-69$102$62,827,09711Fox
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$20,000-9%225-187$89$161,421,0009Warner Bros.
9Kick-Ass$19,700-11%163-146$121$47,550,0057Lionsgate
10Kites$18,091-19%176-32$103$1,538,0892Reliance Big Cinema
11Shutter Island$15,005-2%201-55$75$127,875,43215Paramount
12Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$13,359-3%17744$75$60,009,7619Lionsgate
13Furry Vengeance$9,79312%247-1122$40$16,520,4315Summit
14Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$6,630-8%108-58$61$88,616,88416Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$77,0008%480$1,604$7,253,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Avatar$15,961-6%84-83$190$749,106,05324Fox
3Under the Sea 3D$14,0000%180$778$22,255,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Princess Kaiulani$12,674-1%38-9$334$652,4703Roadside Attractions
5Solitary Man$8,16118%62$1,360$258,1832Anchor Bay
6The Losers$6,600-8%83-102$80$23,261,0006Warner Bros.
7The Ghost Writer$6,024-10%58-28$104$15,344,33415Summit
8The Tooth Fairy$3,805-1%76-39$50$59,973,29019Fox
9Our Family Wedding$2,74624%52-32$53$20,222,79812Fox Searchlight
10The Secret of Kells$2,3513%252$94$546,60813GKIDS
11The Square (2010)$1,6712%153$111$292,1448Apparition
12Letters to God$5000%14-25$36$2,840,0008Vivendi
13The Runaways$493-12%11-19$45$3,572,78811Apparition
14The Joneses$3565%8-19$45$1,436,4497Roadside Attractions