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 Thu, Sep. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$723,554-13%2,823102$256$22,437,1181Focus
2Machete$688,139-16%2,670--$258$16,622,5891Fox
3Takers$597,551-7%2,2060$271$42,005,1722Sony / Screen Gems
4Going the Distance (2010)$505,170-5%3,030--$167$10,164,1001Warner Bros. / New Line
5Eat Pray Love$490,9383%2,663-360$184$71,732,7084Sony / Columbia
6The Expendables$416,155-6%3,3980$122$95,242,6134Lionsgate
7The Last Exorcism$363,806-10%2,8740$127$34,739,4692Lionsgate
8Inception$313,2371%1,704-219$184$279,409,5888Warner Bros.
9The Other Guys$309,467-2%2,607-397$119$109,094,4135Sony / Columbia
10The Switch (2010)$237,5387%1,885-132$126$23,004,7293Miramax
11Nanny McPhee Returns$216,64060%2,708-90$80$24,200,7303Universal
12Piranha 3D$158,285-7%1,789-702$88$23,636,4183Weinstein Company
13Despicable Me$136,22531%1,600-91$85$241,874,8709Universal
14Vampires Suck$124,39613%2,434-799$51$33,601,9443Fox
15Toy Story 3$122,95035%1,520920$81$409,214,04112Disney
16Lottery Ticket$112,0838%1,310-508$86$21,407,6263Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$204,7234%8120$252$758,831,60038Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$117,0157%807-462$145$29,618,1754Universal
3Salt$88,7216%705-307$126$115,821,5627Sony / Columbia
4Dinner for Schmucks$59,664-2%804-697$74$71,352,5366Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up 3D$52,3725%434-323$121$41,449,4375Disney
6Hubble 3D$37,33931%123-28$304$15,204,67525Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Kids Are All Right$31,00812%239-103$130$19,980,8919Focus
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$30,7531%396-80$78$298,890,39910Summit
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$23,16960%455-264$51$42,268,1946Warner Bros.
10The Last Airbender$17,8720%257-49$70$131,214,78610Paramount
11Ramona and Beezus$12,86254%305-49$42$25,339,9547Fox
12Charlie St. Cloud$9,8550%220-50$45$31,030,5856Universal
13Shrek Forever After$7,6111%179-28$43$238,395,99016Paramount / DreamWorks
14Knight and Day$7,4042%142-87$52$76,253,22711Fox
15Predators$5,007-2%111-76$45$51,804,3079Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$12,73726%93-26$137$5,672,96613Roadside Attractions
2The Tillman Story$10,248-12%2419$427$338,3053Weinstein Company
3Under the Sea 3D$7,88018%160$493$24,130,11782Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Flipped$4,87925%282$174$783,0775Warner Bros.
5The Concert$4,0428%200$202$464,1967Weinstein Company
6The A-Team$3,14417%54-38$58$77,196,31613Fox
7La Soga$1,27714%5-7$255$165,42547-57 Releasing
8Solitary Man$1,22530%245$51$4,343,39616Anchor Bay
9Marmaduke$91024%45-21$20$33,633,59714Fox
10White Wedding (2009)$83279%4--$208$8,6581Dada Films
11Cyrus$8090%26-6$31$7,384,17612Fox Searchlight
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$660-31%6-1$110$149,5745Anchor Bay
13Princess Kaiulani$655-13%32$218$878,34117Roadside Attractions