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 Tue, Oct. 26 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 2$2,208,039-9%3,216--$687$45,313,2101Paramount
2Jackass 3D$1,724,972-3%3,11130$554$90,362,4642Paramount
3Red (2010)$1,264,98213%3,27318$386$45,906,4012Summit
4Hereafter$1,010,33914%2,1812175$463$14,231,2542Warner Bros.
5Secretariat$606,92211%3,10836$195$38,595,5043Disney
6The Social Network$581,54515%2,92153$199$73,993,6094Sony / Columbia
7Life As We Know It$524,13925%3,019-131$174$38,544,3553Warner Bros.
8The Town$262,42014%1,918-450$137$85,175,1556Warner Bros.
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$161,056-13%2,236-266$72$50,591,1285Warner Bros.
10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$117,64018%1,255-790$94$50,219,6355Fox
11Easy A$113,9866%1,632-682$70$55,005,6776Sony / Screen Gems
12My Soul to Take$101,2250%1,689-840$60$14,188,3603Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$86,9046%290108$300$3,873,5515Paramount Vantage
2It's Kind of a Funny Story$60,9618%560-197$109$5,226,6963Focus
3Inception$53,0543%452155$117$290,485,82715Warner Bros.
4Stone$41,89812%11372$371$864,4313Relativity / Overture
5Case 39$38,9947%721-685$54$12,787,5134Paramount Vantage
6N-Secure$37,775-2%445-41$85$2,040,8152Freestyle
7Devil$35,2250%642-249$55$32,508,4606Universal
8Alpha and Omega$34,743-26%727-242$48$23,594,8546Lionsgate
9Let Me In$29,54414%513-698$58$11,676,6124Relativity / Overture
10Nowhere Boy$26,12920%2150$122$815,0513Weinstein Company
11Never Let Me Go$21,98312%178-54$124$2,045,8866Fox Searchlight
12Despicable Me$21,060-13%324-8$65$247,565,34516Universal
13Catfish$17,1823%13923$124$2,913,6496Universal / Rogue
14I Want Your Money$5,14319%172-365$30$399,8202Freestyle
15Nanny McPhee Returns$3,7650%150-55$25$29,002,96510Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$32,0225%60-1$534$17,164,51032Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Conviction$26,038-7%5544$473$498,2832Fox Searchlight
3Buried$8,59416%88-15$98$901,4705Lionsgate
4Under the Sea 3D$7,2583%160$454$24,592,33089Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The American$4,10834%76-68$54$35,569,2788Focus
6Machete$3,1654%50-46$63$26,526,1648Fox
7Lottery Ticket$3,074-10%92-46$33$24,670,03910Warner Bros.
8Avatar$3,036-30%9-1$337$760,382,40845Fox
9The Tillman Story$2,450-11%247$102$720,37210Weinstein Company
10Jack Goes Boating$1,97244%35-14$56$456,9336Relativity / Overture
11Vampires Suck$1,220-13%54-33$23$36,626,06410Fox
12I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$1,069-9%8-3$134$85,8023Anchor Bay
13Winter's Bone$392-84%18-19$22$6,203,99920Roadside Attractions
14The Concert$313-17%5-4$63$647,46014Weinstein Company
15Piranha 3D$137-47%0-28--$24,980,28010Weinstein Company
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$9-25%10$9$166,69212Anchor Bay