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 Mon, Jun. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$3,968,067-58%3,379--$1,174$40,419,2351Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$2,726,803-59%3,69251$739$100,750,1382Fox
3The Hangover Part II$1,884,398-57%3,67560$513$217,611,8593Warner Bros.
4Kung Fu Panda 2$1,787,188-63%3,929-23$455$128,600,4283Paramount / DreamWorks
5Bridesmaids$1,256,460-54%2,9223$430$125,072,3255Universal
6Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,239,359-60%3,433-533$361$210,112,6174Disney
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$640,319-58%2,524--$254$6,717,1781Relativity Media
8Thor$302,910-54%1,782-998$170$173,967,6336Paramount
9Fast Five$212,640-53%1,329-908$160$205,306,8457Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$90,763-52%527-164$172$137,871,5929Fox
2Water for Elephants$60,655-53%466-106$130$56,660,4498Fox
3Something Borrowed$53,947-51%366-322$147$37,680,3566Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$50,471-53%365-224$138$36,745,4756Sony / TriStar
5Rango$26,345-48%220-34$120$122,500,92415Paramount
6Source Code$24,185-43%248-40$98$54,186,31711Summit
7Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$17,665-50%182102$97$9,681,9567Weinstein Company
8Insidious$17,483-49%134-26$130$53,253,38411FilmDistrict
9Hanna$15,838-45%147-50$108$40,013,07110Focus
10Limitless$15,820-44%166-66$95$78,951,28713Relativity Media
11HOP$15,200-52%190-55$80$108,027,37011Universal
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$10,835-52%117-65$93$52,469,97912Fox
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$9,385-46%112-84$84$52,773,8748Lionsgate
14The Lincoln Lawyer$8,391-59%101-32$83$57,142,07713Lionsgate
15Win Win$6,650-68%100-41$67$10,009,13713Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$96,957-60%4727$2,063$2,458,6123Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$59,421-2%470$1,264$6,828,36910Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$25,450-15%31-1$821$25,630,07865Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Beginners$24,573-65%1914$1,293$477,9022Focus
5Jane Eyre (2011)$10,323-44%90-38$115$11,017,60414Focus
6Everything Must Go$8,089-58%87-20$93$2,543,2225Roadside Attractions
7Submarine$7,558-54%1713$445$125,3252Weinstein Company
8The Conspirator$4,467-65%66-42$68$11,419,1859Roadside Attractions
9Scream 4$4,392-55%80-121$55$38,131,7319Weinstein Company
10The Beaver$2,041-51%46-22$44$916,1666Summit
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,380-15%40$345$186,09239Collective Eye
12The Last Mountain$822-78%31$274$34,5452Dada Films
13Beautiful Boy$790-58%40$198$30,6172Anchor Bay Films
14The King's Speech$502-9%15-1$33$138,795,84429Weinstein Company
1535 and Ticking$380-62%1-3$380$67,8034Image Entertainment
16Kill the Irishman$340-65%5-3$68$1,182,66214Anchor Bay Films
17The Music Never Stopped$48-69%2-3$24$248,51813Roadside Attractions