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, Apr. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$10,540,155-32%3,579--$2,945$37,543,7101Universal
2Source Code$3,701,465-39%2,961--$1,250$14,812,0941Summit
3Insidious$3,060,981-44%2,408--$1,271$13,271,4641FilmDistrict
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,739,407-39%3,1692$864$38,196,1682Fox
5Limitless$2,323,770-41%2,83833$819$55,509,6403Relativity Media
6The Lincoln Lawyer$1,785,457-40%2,7070$660$39,416,0663Lionsgate
7Sucker Punch$1,587,278-37%3,0330$523$29,811,1182Warner Bros.
8Rango$1,259,358-36%3,134-511$402$113,728,8745Paramount
9Paul$1,134,775-38%2,550-256$445$31,844,4453Universal
10Battle: Los Angeles$953,922-38%2,263-855$422$78,502,5664Sony / Columbia
11The Adjustment Bureau$488,020-50%1,525-757$320$58,530,5955Universal
12Red Riding Hood$404,113-49%1,788-927$226$35,592,3414Warner Bros.
13The King's Speech$274,132-47%1,007-55$272$136,586,30519Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$349,647-34%18090$1,942$3,479,5134Focus
2Win Win$304,565-42%149126$2,044$1,947,9443Fox Searchlight
3Beastly$185,439-49%821-764$226$26,786,4095CBS Films
4Hall Pass$175,066-48%703-501$249$43,754,9716Warner Bros. / New Line
5Just Go With It$137,301-53%597-519$230$101,425,3208Sony / Columbia
6Gnomeo and Juliet$120,467-36%735-629$164$96,866,0768Disney
7Mars Needs Moms$105,470-29%701-1469$150$20,370,6104Disney
8True Grit (2010)$71,794-44%324119$222$170,422,23915Paramount
9Cedar Rapids$54,836-40%210-132$261$6,488,1968Fox Searchlight
10Yogi Bear$54,574-28%265-61$206$100,169,06816Warner Bros.
11Unknown (2011)$53,162-47%325-363$164$62,723,8037Warner Bros.
12I Am Number Four$51,452-42%270-242$191$53,868,0347Disney / DreamWorks
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$50,002-48%250-156$200$37,271,5477Fox
14The Green Hornet$43,653-34%211-35$207$98,524,94712Sony / Columbia
15Black Swan$27,785-39%162-45$172$106,774,59718Fox Searchlight
16No Strings Attached$21,206-37%145-68$146$70,625,98611Paramount
17Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$15,513-36%113-176$137$72,686,5798Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$41,332-16%442$939$23,391,39555Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Last Godfather$33,134-19%58--$571$101,7791Roadside Attractions
3Kill the Irishman$30,678-39%5615$548$709,5024Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$22,137-29%1511$1,476$163,1612Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$12,800-31%58-8$221$4,904,31314Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$10,919-30%66-19$165$294,980,43420Warner Bros.
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$9,230-31%60-12$154$104,350,36317Fox
8The Music Never Stopped$8,345-35%28-5$298$197,1013Roadside Attractions
9The Company Men$8,175-38%45-3$182$4,323,23911Weinstein Company
10The Rite$7,531-33%72-83$105$33,037,75410Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Eagle$6,215-31%57-40$109$19,478,3848Focus
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$5,81222%26-8$224$42,756,58815Fox
13Blue Valentine (2010)$5,741-25%39-5$147$9,667,78114Weinstein Company
14The Mechanic$4,507-33%43-57$105$29,113,58810CBS Films
15Take Me Home Tonight$4,228-25%52-37$81$6,851,9375Relativity Media
16happythankyoumoreplease$4,210-34%12-4$351$193,1845Anchor Bay Films
17Drive Angry$3,804-45%22-50$173$10,590,7486Summit
18Rabbit Hole$3,007-42%6132$49$2,221,80916Lionsgate
19I Love You Phillip Morris$2,144-40%123$179$2,027,40118Roadside Attractions
20Winter's Bone$70-56%32$23$6,531,02143Roadside Attractions