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. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$8,630,385-47%4,0665$2,123$220,832,0092Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$6,188,759-43%3,440--$1,799$41,516,6911Disney
3Happy Feet Two$2,994,290-43%3,6115$829$43,755,3572Warner Bros.
4Arthur Christmas$2,803,717-41%3,376--$830$16,301,1311Sony / Columbia
5Hugo$2,460,228-44%1,277--$1,927$15,402,0421Paramount
6Jack and Jill$2,031,388-51%3,029-409$671$57,120,1123Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$1,855,496-47%2,677-443$693$68,706,9813Relativity Media
8Puss in Boots (2011)$1,622,697-44%3,005-410$540$135,430,0925Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$1,286,495-57%2,474-468$520$65,198,7804Universal
10J. Edgar$1,012,304-49%1,910-37$530$28,837,8433Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,665,119-44%433404$3,846$10,886,9522Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$451,506-34%244--$1,850$2,062,1501Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$297,135-56%875-933$340$31,559,3894Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$162,452-41%457-910$355$35,050,9345Fox
5Like Crazy$93,063-45%15041$620$2,478,4345Paramount Vantage
6Margin Call$64,229-48%139-34$462$4,367,6856Roadside Attractions
7The Smurfs$53,869-46%248-4$217$142,324,12018Sony / Columbia
8Footloose (2011)$52,797-56%384-834$137$50,833,8677Paramount
9The Ides of March$47,652-55%159-139$300$39,543,2468Sony / Columbia
10The Three Musketeers (2011)$47,484-49%22454$212$19,908,9286Summit
11Moneyball$47,093-60%187-222$252$73,155,24810Sony / Columbia
12Courageous$46,703-42%211-306$221$32,759,7589Sony / TriStar
13Paranormal Activity 3$45,804-61%355-1047$129$103,245,7706Paramount
14Martha Marcy May Marlene$42,370-39%113-67$375$2,575,7716Fox Searchlight
15Dolphin Tale$42,361-41%216-172$196$70,363,25510Warner Bros.
1650/50$41,692-49%21025$199$34,554,7819Summit
17Contagion$30,378-53%218-83$139$75,450,54912Warner Bros.
18Abduction$28,588-49%163-18$175$27,840,89410Lionsgate
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$16,053-49%103-28$156$176,585,29717Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$52,303-32%4--$13,076$204,8781Weinstein Company
2Drive (2011)$22,655-39%9347$244$34,500,25411FilmDistrict
3Born to Be Wild 3D$21,074-42%490$430$14,451,65334Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Anonymous$15,895-43%72-107$221$4,301,0185Sony / Columbia
5The Rum Diary$13,405-35%54-98$248$12,957,0155FilmDistrict
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$10,261-56%19--$540$74,4701Warner Bros.
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,979-46%48-22$125$38,516,83215Weinstein Company
8The Big Year$5,644-40%53-6$106$7,160,6497Fox
9Sarah's Key$2,463-36%27-25$91$7,685,37419Weinstein Company
10Inni$2,280-9%51$456$99,4235Cinema Purgatorio
11The Mighty Macs$2,049-54%11-17$186$1,889,5226Quaker Media
12Machine Gun Preacher$1,397-9%9-10$155$537,58010Relativity Media
13Laugh at My Pain$453-55%4-7$113$7,701,97412CodeBlack Entertainment
14Project Nim$61--1--$61$407,21121Roadside Attractions
15Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$22-54%2-6$11$489,95513Indomina Media