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, May. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$3,414,06014%2,918--$1,170$32,652,4201Universal
2Thor$3,090,0248%3,9638$780$125,402,0262Paramount
3Fast Five$1,725,8158%3,793131$455$173,009,3453Universal
4Priest (2011)$1,246,1973%2,864--$435$17,411,4431Sony / Screen Gems
5Something Borrowed$772,04233%2,9040$266$26,873,1382Warner Bros.
6Rio (2011)$515,59229%2,929-329$176$126,159,8945Fox
7Jumping the Broom$515,313-4%2,0350$253$26,812,9612Sony / TriStar
8Water for Elephants$503,74026%2,425-189$208$49,483,0974Fox
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$151,9076%1,449-432$105$50,527,9054Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$127,50927%1,468-313$87$39,461,1256Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$80,43942%1,276-1229$63$8,700,0993Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$91,67924%626-304$146$52,399,6387Summit
2Everything Must Go$86,7076%218--$398$959,9981Roadside Attractions
3Hanna$77,77221%425-323$183$38,746,5486Focus
4Insidious$77,0465%762-239$101$51,824,8237FilmDistrict
5Limitless$53,18642%298-81$178$77,654,3059Relativity Media
6The Conspirator$49,80626%370-87$135$10,581,9625Roadside Attractions
7Jane Eyre (2011)$48,90524%2480$197$10,059,79410Focus
8Win Win$42,34735%248-20$171$9,008,0749Fox Searchlight
9The Lincoln Lawyer$41,97827%345-95$122$56,186,7939Lionsgate
10Scream 4$33,82018%426-907$79$37,571,8665Weinstein Company
11Arthur (2011)$30,54728%344-11$89$32,622,9196Warner Bros.
12The Beaver$24,39927%10583$232$355,1952Summit
13HOP$22,95025%459-443$50$106,896,0257Universal
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$18,522-9%311-28$60$51,674,5128Fox
15Rango$15,32929%216-61$71$120,787,19311Paramount
16The Adjustment Bureau$13,94021%164-51$85$62,321,30511Universal
17Paul$11,76518%181-23$65$37,393,1059Universal
18Your Highness$11,1007%148-16$75$21,578,7006Universal
19Go For It!$10,07012%218--$46$138,7641Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Sucker Punch$8,1737%139-71$59$36,338,7528Warner Bros.
21Red Riding Hood$5,30719%100-56$53$37,621,75410Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$61,4375%57-2$1,078$4,937,0196Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$30,5021%342$897$24,882,05161Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The King's Speech$4,76018%71-19$67$138,723,34225Weinstein Company
4Beastly$2,9639%46-30$64$27,860,56611CBS Films
5Biutiful$2,01664%11-5$183$5,088,66720Roadside Attractions
6No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$1,917-17%5029$38$1,335,7586Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Cedar Rapids$1,4529%12-10$121$6,847,68114Fox Searchlight
8Kill the Irishman$1,401-10%13-10$108$1,138,18610Anchor Bay Films
9Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$1,39017%38-14$37$37,895,18413Fox
10The Company Men$79672%11-24$72$4,440,32317Weinstein Company
11Dum Maaro Dum$79315%20-13$40$552,8824Fox Searchlight
12Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$784-3%34-430$23$1,184,9483Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
13Skateland$498-25%2--$249$6,4181Freestyle Releasing
14Miral$445-30%50$89$372,4318Weinstein Company
15Meet Monica Velour$180-27%1--$180$28,7506Anchor Bay Films
16The Music Never Stopped$16155%0-7--$239,8419Roadside Attractions