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, Aug. 2 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$4,289,390-50%3,545-247$1,210$197,603,1313Warner Bros.
2Dinner for Schmucks$3,552,481-48%2,911--$1,220$27,080,3201Paramount / DreamWorks
3Salt$2,602,334-56%3,6120$720$73,636,0452Sony / Columbia
4Despicable Me$2,413,340-49%3,6022$670$192,743,7654Universal
5Charlie St. Cloud$1,752,985-40%2,718--$645$14,134,5701Universal
6Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,709,133-50%3,705--$461$13,988,4961Warner Bros.
7Toy Story 3$845,048-49%2,105-661$401$390,606,5397Disney
8Ramona and Beezus$686,825-36%2,7190$253$17,062,5062Fox
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$664,326-52%2,524-980$263$52,690,8543Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$648,451-46%2,334-787$278$288,848,3585Summit
11Grown Ups$621,383-52%2,269-590$274$151,382,7686Sony / Columbia
12The Last Airbender$252,002-57%1,238-889$204$127,545,4495Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$404,350-63%847646$477$10,040,8584Focus
2Predators$160,105-51%873-973$183$49,651,3544Fox
3Shrek Forever After$106,251-39%330128$322$235,753,20311Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Karate Kid (2010)$93,547-55%461-319$203$173,025,6118Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$83,796-52%831-434$101$74,269,4396Fox
6Iron Man 2$48,008-45%286-44$168$311,465,01513Paramount
7The A-Team$40,152-48%282-14$142$76,204,2448Fox
8Winter's Bone$37,586-60%13910$270$4,055,9588Roadside Attractions
9Cyrus$32,418-53%216-238$150$6,937,4157Fox Searchlight
10Marmaduke$25,955-45%230-24$113$32,941,8369Fox
11Get Him to the Greek$24,795-57%155-66$160$60,783,6609Universal
12Killers (2010)$22,543-50%219-14$103$46,676,0829Lionsgate
13Letters to Juliet$18,683-40%173-61$108$52,770,42412Summit
14Robin Hood$12,075-58%115-56$105$105,231,81012Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$80,450-11%530$1,518$12,223,78420Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$24,7785%130$1,906$23,336,02777Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Date Night$9,725-40%76-32$128$98,547,58717Fox
4Solitary Man$8,996-52%63-42$143$4,142,98711Anchor Bay
5Jonah Hex$7,942-39%83-93$96$10,499,4767Warner Bros.
6Sex and the City 2$6,274-32%42-27$149$95,143,01410Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Concert$3,648-56%2--$1,824$25,3902Weinstein Company
8The Dry Land$1,080-49%5--$216$8,4311Freestyle
9Splice$860-93%14-25$61$17,008,7609Warner Bros
10City Island$782-71%15-25$52$6,646,69020Anchor Bay
11Avatar$571-86%2-1$286$749,748,87433Fox
12Princess Kaiulani$86-51%20$43$59,51212Roadside Attractions