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, Apr. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$1,906,314-43%3,84215$496$86,056,6892Fox
2Water for Elephants$1,712,594-4%2,817--$608$20,339,2381Fox
3Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$1,578,933-28%2,288--$690$28,827,7591Lionsgate
4Scream 4$604,077-19%3,3149$182$32,380,9942Weinstein Company
5African Cats$549,428-17%1,220--$450$7,213,9401Disneynature
6Hanna$514,858-12%2,384-161$216$32,843,1773Focus
7HOP$505,985-59%3,6168$140$101,978,4104Universal
8Soul Surfer$440,721-40%2,24026$197$29,672,4253Sony / TriStar
9Source Code$422,806-18%2,363-194$179$45,633,5324Summit
10Insidious$404,596-25%2,130-103$190$44,946,8244FilmDistrict
11Arthur (2011)$364,463-23%2,770-506$132$30,053,7813Warner Bros.
12Limitless$241,164-22%1,363-522$177$74,554,3426Relativity Media
13Your Highness$185,150-18%1,610-1162$115$20,175,0953Universal
14The Lincoln Lawyer$160,855-8%1,220-482$132$53,717,5066Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$197,419-9%849142$233$7,303,6902Roadside Attractions
2Jane Eyre (2011)$92,457-7%31945$290$8,049,0077Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$83,056-27%2081$399$3,276,2643Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Win Win$82,009-2%3884$211$6,796,5816Fox Searchlight
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$65,090-58%928-921$70$50,509,9675Fox
6Rango$34,228-41%557-419$61$119,615,1598Paramount
7Sucker Punch$29,547-22%244-311$121$35,950,0605Warner Bros.
8The King's Speech$26,7504%234-81$114$138,376,31822Weinstein Company
9The Adjustment Bureau$22,355-15%263-85$85$61,182,3508Universal
10Paul$22,050-31%245-291$90$36,607,2956Universal
11Dum Maaro Dum$21,81029%101--$216$366,1891Fox Searchlight
12Just Go With It$20,474-10%265-61$77$102,645,79811Sony / Columbia
13Red Riding Hood$19,321-13%30860$63$37,227,4217Warner Bros.
14Battle: Los Angeles$17,897-18%220-334$81$82,689,1267Sony / Columbia
15Hall Pass$14,318-1%202-131$71$44,899,4549Warner Bros. / New Line
16Beastly$10,333-20%13727$75$27,621,7708CBS Films
17Unknown (2011)$10,026-6%162-113$62$63,576,05110Warner Bros.
18Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$9,815-8%166131$59$72,869,42711Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$29,0932%320$909$24,266,55458Warner Bros. / IMAX
2No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$8,765-9%89-100$98$1,222,6853Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$6,3641%92-36$69$37,746,87410Fox
4True Grit (2010)$4,963-1%80-97$62$171,041,33418Paramount
5Kill the Irishman$4,179-26%23-16$182$1,016,5427Anchor Bay Films
6Cedar Rapids$3,0487%36-11$85$6,779,54111Fox Searchlight
7Biutiful$2,31112%21-11$110$5,044,12917Roadside Attractions
8Miral$1,927-20%20-6$96$349,7225Weinstein Company
9The Company Men$825-14%15-5$55$4,403,39014Weinstein Company
10Black Swan$69116%20-29$35$106,949,42921Fox Searchlight
11The Music Never Stopped$21042%6-7$35$233,7136Roadside Attractions
12happythankyoumoreplease$17134%2-2$86$215,8758Anchor Bay Films
13Meet Monica Velour$64540%1-3$64$18,5603Anchor Bay Films