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. 23 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$1,950,768-64%3,2700$597$67,307,8852Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$1,528,766-59%3,0820$496$48,742,8442Sony / Columbia
3Vampires Suck$1,243,006-59%3,233--$384$19,809,7391Fox
4The Other Guys$1,240,192-59%3,472-179$357$89,493,6743Sony / Columbia
5Piranha 3D$1,089,393-63%2,470--$441$11,196,2651Weinstein Company
6Nanny McPhee Returns$1,085,760-57%2,784--$390$9,493,4451Universal
7Inception$963,445-61%2,401-719$401$262,995,0396Warner Bros.
8The Switch (2010)$888,502-63%2,012--$442$9,325,2151Miramax
9Lottery Ticket$821,240-67%1,973--$416$11,473,5371Warner Bros.
10Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$747,285-53%2,8202$265$21,645,5402Universal
11Despicable Me$659,445-58%2,236-687$295$231,716,4357Universal
12Dinner for Schmucks$451,229-56%2,149-897$210$66,252,1484Paramount / DreamWorks
13Step Up 3D$416,130-57%1,592-847$261$37,285,0813Disney
14Salt$376,756-62%1,794-1040$210$110,271,8615Sony / Columbia
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$268,005-57%1,580-1148$170$39,928,6164Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$230,118-60%730-489$315$404,033,76010Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$98,202-63%404-426$243$18,337,9277Focus
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$75,817-54%557-655$136$297,292,6158Summit
4Hubble 3D$67,371-49%15197$446$14,098,56323Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Ramona and Beezus$59,805-53%388-244$154$24,348,4575Fox
6Charlie St. Cloud$51,760-54%647-1436$80$30,397,9004Universal
7Grown Ups$39,916-58%424-544$94$158,991,2489Sony / Columbia
8Shrek Forever After$33,822-61%232-22$146$237,770,53214Paramount / DreamWorks
9Knight and Day$30,353-53%277-33$110$75,709,8829Fox
10Winter's Bone$26,440-62%131-5$202$5,207,30311Roadside Attractions
11The Last Airbender$21,989-63%223-141$99$130,107,6328Paramount
12Predators$18,758-56%234-109$80$51,416,4157Fox
13The A-Team$12,460-57%151-53$83$76,993,22111Fox
14Marmaduke$8,284-66%122-29$68$33,501,23412Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$22,621-14%160$1,414$23,867,39980Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Peepli Live$9,081-80%706$130$609,7082UTV Communications
3Flipped$7,597-51%29-15$262$578,1743Warner Bros.
4The Tillman Story$6,314-65%4--$1,579$58,4991Weinstein Company
5The Concert$6,084-70%201$304$294,5915Weinstein Company
6Cyrus$5,042-51%56-28$90$7,323,07710Fox Searchlight
7Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$4,571-72%27--$169$395,0515NeoClassics
8La Soga$4,487-66%209$224$115,45527-57 Releasing
9Middle Men$2,435-53%16-236$152$726,1493Paramount
10Letters to Juliet$2,202-47%35-26$63$53,023,76215Summit
11The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,921-64%8-4$240$112,2293Anchor Bay
12Tales From Earthsea$1,777-45%50$355$42,8062Disney
13Solitary Man$1,244-80%19-9$65$4,295,95814Anchor Bay
14City Island$274-54%4-4$69$6,669,37223Anchor Bay
15Princess Kaiulani$210-51%1-2$210$870,05215Roadside Attractions