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 Sun, Sep. 5 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$4,491,927-7%2,823--$1,591$16,321,5751Focus
2Machete$3,744,514-2%2,670--$1,402$11,416,1641Fox
3Takers$3,606,969-14%2,2060$1,635$37,327,5572Sony / Screen Gems
4The Expendables$2,513,2002%3,3980$740$92,187,9034Lionsgate
5The Last Exorcism$2,328,285-16%2,8740$810$32,114,3602Lionsgate
6Going the Distance (2010)$2,267,517-5%3,030--$748$6,884,9641Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Other Guys$1,975,4551%2,607-574$758$106,754,1005Sony / Columbia
8Inception$1,717,1801%1,704-366$1,008$277,145,5038Warner Bros.
9Eat Pray Love$1,707,006-3%2,663-445$641$68,904,7924Sony / Columbia
10Nanny McPhee Returns$1,259,220-10%2,708-90$465$22,399,9003Universal
11Despicable Me$1,152,100-1%1,600-233$720$240,434,9659Universal
12The Switch (2010)$1,116,805-3%1,885-132$592$21,494,6973Miramax
13Vampires Suck$1,085,983-16%2,434-799$446$32,494,8243Fox
14Piranha 3D$925,1523%1,789-702$517$22,528,0653Weinstein Company
15Toy Story 3$760,8790%1,520920$501$408,100,17412Disney
16Lottery Ticket$730,467-19%1,310-663$558$20,509,0853Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$851,3371%812--$1,048$757,543,63438Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$556,830-3%807-759$690$28,835,3854Universal
3Salt$464,752-2%705-463$659$115,218,4687Sony / Columbia
4Dinner for Schmucks$389,0702%804-697$484$70,923,1746Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up 3D$301,085-1%434-467$694$41,083,5405Disney
6Grown Ups$235,7954%383120$616$160,047,47211Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$178,333-1%455-368$392$42,032,2446Warner Bros.
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$157,086-4%396-80$397$298,687,34110Summit
9The Kids Are All Right$133,835-15%239-103$560$19,790,6479Focus
10The Last Airbender$118,272-8%257-49$460$131,058,41910Paramount
11Hubble 3D$112,5481%123-28$915$14,992,57225Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Ramona and Beezus$95,960-10%305-49$315$25,205,0487Fox
13The Karate Kid (2010)$91,427-10%227-28$403$176,238,16513Sony / Columbia
14Shrek Forever After$78,6510%179-28$439$238,319,04316Paramount / DreamWorks
15Charlie St. Cloud$56,100-7%220-113$255$30,966,9006Universal
16Knight and Day$47,184-11%142-87$332$76,203,92211Fox
17Predators$44,03523%111-76$397$51,775,3209Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 5 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We Are Family$113,7803%78--$1,459$296,9071UTV Communications
2The Tillman Story$50,060-4%2419$2,086$260,4793Weinstein Company
3Winter's Bone$41,057-11%90-27$456$5,608,96313Roadside Attractions
4The A-Team$32,42696%54-38$600$77,179,35713Fox
5Under the Sea 3D$23,068-13%160$1,442$24,090,39582Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Marmaduke$20,02578%45-21$445$33,620,74114Fox
7Flipped$18,783-3%282$671$751,0465Warner Bros.
8The Concert$16,864-8%200$843$439,2467Weinstein Company
9Peepli Live$11,470-5%26-19$441$748,1284UTV Communications
10Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$9,451-11%18-3$525$485,1947NeoClassics
11Cyrus$4,841-13%26-6$186$7,378,45812Fox Searchlight
12Solitary Man$3,899-2%245$162$4,337,37816Anchor Bay
13La Soga$3,78928%5-7$758$159,39247-57 Releasing
14The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,4709%6-1$578$144,4205Anchor Bay
15White Wedding (2009)$1,7593%4--$440$5,8591Dada Films
16Princess Kaiulani$180-78%32$60$874,79817Roadside Attractions