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 Mon, Jun. 21 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$15,606,086-51%4,028--$3,874$125,913,2751Disney
2The Karate Kid (2010)$3,441,543-66%3,6630$940$110,571,7822Sony / Columbia
3The A-Team$1,801,587-63%3,5449$508$52,229,1752Fox
4Get Him to the Greek$1,023,435-43%2,592-110$395$48,867,7103Universal
5Shrek Forever After$751,845-58%3,207-661$234$223,828,7705Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killers (2010)$736,047-48%2,619-240$281$40,038,4583Lionsgate
7Jonah Hex$648,000-60%2,825--$229$6,028,0001Warner Bros.
8Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$646,541-61%2,605-503$248$81,447,1154Disney
9Sex and the City 2$393,000-25%1,680-1070$234$90,563,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
10Iron Man 2$342,907-69%1,612-693$213$304,553,2367Paramount
11Marmaduke$313,691-46%2,495-718$126$28,024,6913Fox
12Robin Hood$162,130-70%1,046-849$155$102,241,6356Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Letters to Juliet$134,788-29%806-525$167$48,726,1976Summit
2Splice$131,000-55%944-1506$139$15,701,0003Warner Bros
3Date Night$50,528-43%345-85$146$96,933,78511Fox
4Solitary Man$40,108-66%10754$375$1,465,1015Anchor Bay
5Clash of the Titans (2010)$36,000-59%267-66$135$162,421,00012Warner Bros.
6How to Train Your Dragon$27,825-48%213-68$131$214,792,12313Paramount / DreamWorks
7Raavan$23,308-79%120--$194$506,0681Reliance Big Pictures
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$23,000-39%228103$101$62,756,0008Warner Bros. / New Line
9Furry Vengeance$19,220-44%235-33$82$17,080,0148Summit
10City Island$18,883-64%133-26$142$5,956,52814Anchor Bay
11Just Wright$18,109-62%158-121$115$21,103,8656Fox Searchlight
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid$17,028-20%146-56$117$63,564,69414Fox
13The Back-up Plan$16,304-31%16654$98$37,066,8859CBS Films
14Kick-Ass$13,696-45%157-21$87$47,964,42410Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$68,000-24%502$1,360$8,702,00014Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Winter's Bone$39,818-63%3935$1,021$514,1462Roadside Attractions
3Cyrus$22,985-61%4--$5,746$204,7011Fox Searchlight
4Babies$15,372-48%97-49$158$7,096,5657Focus
5Avatar$11,372-16%17-9$669$749,446,32227Fox
6Under the Sea 3D$10,09612%150$673$22,511,22571Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Princess Kaiulani$3,120-42%16-10$195$811,8456Roadside Attractions
8The Losers$2,900-46%31-96$94$23,584,0009Warner Bros.
9The Square (2010)$2,151-61%12-5$179$355,49911Apparition
10The Secret of Kells$1,313-70%15-5$88$621,67016GKIDS
11The Joneses$900-75%7-1$129$1,457,75710Roadside Attractions
12Racing Dreams$48-92%2--$24$43,5815Hanover House