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, Nov. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$26,450,532-34%4,061--$6,513$138,122,2611Lionsgate / Summit
2Happy Feet Two$6,116,802-34%3,606--$1,696$21,237,0681Warner Bros.
3Immortals$3,447,012-32%3,1208$1,105$53,079,8892Relativity Media
4Puss in Boots (2011)$3,308,209-33%3,415-488$969$122,391,8734Paramount / DreamWorks
5Jack and Jill$3,039,261-42%3,4380$884$40,766,4792Sony / Columbia
6Tower Heist$1,691,650-48%2,942-428$575$53,538,8203Universal
7J. Edgar$1,519,746-42%1,94737$781$20,722,8142Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$774,257-36%1,808-1067$428$28,335,2803Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$447,629-40%1,367-1224$327$33,454,5334Fox
10Paranormal Activity 3$223,225-50%1,402-1374$159$102,619,1955Paramount
11Footloose (2011)$208,208-46%1,218-997$171$50,166,8696Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$160,266-38%702-1056$228$82,557,9177Disney / DreamWorks
2Like Crazy$147,835-33%10939$1,356$1,767,3584Paramount Vantage
3Courageous$134,452-25%517-388$260$32,338,4718Sony / TriStar
4Moneyball$119,436-52%409-404$292$72,641,2919Sony / Columbia
5The Ides of March$111,994-50%298-398$376$39,100,1437Sony / Columbia
6Margin Call$107,452-48%173-26$621$3,915,7915Roadside Attractions
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$105,833-39%180-3$588$2,258,4295Fox Searchlight
8Dolphin Tale$83,291-30%388-317$215$70,017,1289Warner Bros.
9The Smurfs$65,064-36%252-17$258$141,941,58817Sony / Columbia
1050/50$56,250-44%185-239$304$34,244,2638Summit
11Contagion$53,200-38%301-54$177$75,178,90611Warner Bros.
12Anonymous$53,135-28%179-303$297$4,152,9544Sony / Columbia
13The Rum Diary$45,892-23%152-795$302$12,839,2674FilmDistrict
14The Three Musketeers (2011)$37,269-58%170-499$219$19,548,5505Summit
15Abduction$35,610-33%18154$197$27,626,7199Lionsgate
16Rise of the Planet of the Apes$25,102-35%131-33$192$176,454,88516Fox
17Johnny English Reborn$24,300-38%108-102$225$8,269,1055Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$377,753-23%29--$13,026$1,269,2961Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$25,552-15%490$521$14,279,60133Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Drive (2011)$17,350-35%46-29$377$34,363,12210FilmDistrict
4Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$13,130-28%70-2$188$38,466,27514Weinstein Company
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$10,737-49%91-39$118$84,323,97017Warner Bros.
6Sarah's Key$8,942-35%52-110$172$7,661,82918Weinstein Company
7The Big Year$7,839-36%59-24$133$7,121,2456Fox
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$7,433-28%78-7$95$381,000,18519Warner Bros.
9The Mighty Macs$5,904-29%28-33$211$1,864,9525Quaker Media
10What's Your Number?$3,029-36%25-38$121$14,008,1938Fox
11Shark Night 3D$2,713-27%27-2$100$18,872,52212Relativity Media
12I Don't Know How She Does It$2,154-41%38-45$57$9,659,07410Weinstein Company
13Laugh at My Pain$1,856-35%11-2$169$7,696,63211CodeBlack Entertainment
14Machine Gun Preacher$1,306-3%197$69$531,5959Relativity Media
15Our Idiot Brother$657-37%6-6$110$24,814,83013Weinstein Company
16Inni$536-71%4--$134$88,5264Cinema Purgatorio
17Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$310-40%87$39$489,08412Indomina Media
18Circumstance$283201%2-3$142$441,40413Roadside Attractions
19Apollo 18$266-32%5-13$53$17,686,92912Weinstein Company