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 Fri, Nov. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Immortals$14,841,483--3,112--$4,769$14,841,4831Relativity Media
2Jack and Jill$9,836,625--3,438--$2,861$9,836,6251Sony / Columbia
3Puss in Boots (2011)$8,866,762273%3,903-60$2,272$92,175,9283Paramount / DreamWorks
4Tower Heist$4,768,550165%3,3703$1,415$35,460,4002Universal
5J. Edgar$4,257,9069179%1,910--$2,229$4,356,4401Warner Bros.
6A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$2,274,829103%2,8750$791$19,597,2112Warner Bros. / New Line
7In Time$1,541,826113%2,591-536$595$28,058,5633Fox
8Paranormal Activity 3$1,383,951123%2,776-510$499$98,581,5034Paramount
9Footloose (2011)$1,046,237128%2,215-596$472$47,087,0155Paramount
10Real Steel$678,456123%1,758-680$386$80,426,5726Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$372,885116%813-465$459$71,164,4548Sony / Columbia
2Courageous$346,96786%905-233$383$30,900,5557Sony / TriStar
3The Ides of March$304,23260%696-695$437$37,718,2586Sony / Columbia
4The Rum Diary$285,634-8%947-1345$302$11,853,6183FilmDistrict
5Dolphin Tale$257,708145%705-400$366$69,198,4868Warner Bros.
6Anonymous$195,65642%482-32$406$3,367,0473Sony / Columbia
7The Three Musketeers (2011)$178,439-1%669-1194$267$18,848,7434Summit
850/50$177,95466%424-323$420$33,512,0697Summit
9Margin Call$164,578155%19921$827$2,931,2614Roadside Attractions
10Martha Marcy May Marlene$155,168242%18385$848$1,355,2144Fox Searchlight
11The Smurfs$108,848--269-9$405$141,461,88716Sony / Columbia
12Contagion$106,440296%35595$300$74,659,88810Warner Bros.
13Johnny English Reborn$65,19012%210-434$310$7,989,9804Universal
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$44,031134%164-35$268$176,246,68215Fox
15Sarah's Key$29,662-21%162-156$183$7,507,06517Weinstein Company
16Crazy, Stupid, Love$29,53983%130-42$227$84,191,96516Warner Bros.
17Dream House$26,57561%172-158$155$21,231,1007Universal
18Abduction$25,58394%127-80$201$27,437,3738Lionsgate
19The Thing (2011)$21,925-18%141-243$155$16,864,4505Universal
20Killer Elite$21,905275%16041$137$25,049,7838Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Like Crazy$164,042430%7054$2,343$715,3083Paramount Vantage
2Born to Be Wild 3D$43,761103%490$893$14,070,80632Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$33,90749%75-61$452$34,187,7529FilmDistrict
4The Mighty Macs$18,61860%61-40$305$1,790,1734Quaker Media
5Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$17,622243%72-26$245$38,387,40613Weinstein Company
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$17,58382%85-140$207$380,919,40418Warner Bros.
7The Big Year$11,65010%83-130$140$7,061,0915Fox
8I Don't Know How She Does It$9,6262176%8375$116$9,620,1279Weinstein Company
9What's Your Number?$8,40517%63-39$133$13,973,4167Fox
10Shark Night 3D$4,749151%29-15$164$18,849,32111Relativity Media
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$4,560102%32-20$143$24,033,20512FilmDistrict
12Our Idiot Brother$2,762-3%12-23$230$24,805,03712Weinstein Company
13Laugh at My Pain$2,443-1%13-26$188$7,684,62610CodeBlack Entertainment
14Apollo 18$2,369-30%18-75$132$17,678,29011Weinstein Company
15The Double (2011)$2,089-74%12-33$174$130,3253Image Entertainment
16Munger Road$1,823114%7-2$260$263,1007Freestyle Releasing
17Machine Gun Preacher$801-38%120$67$525,5488Relativity Media
18The Son of No One$780-67%4-6$195$26,9672Anchor Bay Films
19Circumstance$507-30%50$101$438,92212Roadside Attractions
20Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$240-39%1-4$240$487,00211Indomina Media
21Texas Killing Fields$136-76%3-7$45$44,6995Anchor Bay Films
22The Future$22-48%3-2$7$567,74716Roadside Attractions