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, Feb. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$1,981,335-49%3,1212$635$83,793,7752Universal
2The Vow$1,821,724-49%2,9580$616$90,389,3472Sony / Screen Gems
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,737,401-71%3,50030$496$60,787,8522Warner Bros. / New Line
4Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$1,520,420-55%3,174--$479$26,991,1931Sony / Columbia
5This Means War$1,353,590-48%3,189--$424$22,970,3071Fox
6Chronicle$659,549-57%2,556-352$258$53,303,0363Fox
7The Secret World of Arrietty$610,169-73%1,522--$401$9,295,0331Disney
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$571,757-71%2,6550$215$36,365,6672Fox
9The Woman in Black$508,462-54%2,559-297$199$46,913,2563CBS Films
10The Grey$289,003-50%2,107-694$137$48,899,2964Open Road
11The Descendants$268,412-52%1,243-338$216$75,840,85414Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$261,440-71%1,634-499$160$17,867,1253Universal
13Red Tails$117,112-64%1,009-571$116$48,002,9665Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$274,827-49%8080$340$28,345,23913Weinstein Company
2Hugo$205,264-62%558-144$368$67,492,62713Paramount
3The Iron Lady$133,892-42%623111$215$24,790,1528Weinstein Company
4Underworld Awakening$115,844-46%826-831$140$61,709,7515Sony / Screen Gems
5One For the Money$73,697-49%933-1123$79$25,679,4174Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$61,173-57%577-798$106$30,835,2969Warner Bros.
7Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$55,520-52%403138$138$185,442,02110Warner Bros.
8Contraband$52,495-44%420-661$125$65,912,7006Universal
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$50,062-53%275-194$182$207,455,02310Paramount
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$48,648-74%400-102$122$129,921,25810Fox
11Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$46,650-56%184-48$254$22,848,16411Focus
12The Adventures of Tintin$39,728-71%30346$131$76,569,2439Paramount
13Man on a Ledge$38,342-48%401-1022$96$18,489,4974Lionsgate
14War Horse$31,651-54%394-108$80$78,807,1019Disney / DreamWorks
15Albert Nobbs$25,937-45%119-32$218$2,433,6824Roadside Attractions
16My Week with Marilyn$25,901-50%120-5$216$13,720,31513Weinstein Company
17We Bought a Zoo$25,301-71%287-133$88$73,768,3219Fox
18Beauty and the Beast 3D$25,234-76%214-464$118$47,129,6786Disney
19Joyful Noise$18,378-61%340-346$54$30,373,8836Warner Bros.
20Puss in Boots (2011)$15,652-79%163-46$96$149,089,65417Paramount / DreamWorks
21The Darkest Hour$9,033-48%11395$80$21,345,9849Summit
22Happy Feet Two$8,807-74%135-67$65$63,868,44514Warner Bros.
23The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$3,977-52%148-82$27$281,279,96814Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$24,705-53%451$549$16,450,83946Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$14,325-55%98-13$146$1,072,5622UTV Communications
3Shame$9,978-33%44-8$227$3,745,05312Fox Searchlight
4Haywire$7,961-46%79-184$101$18,774,0705Relativity Media
5W.E.$6,370-51%203$319$226,2073Weinstein Company
6Young Adult$4,021-24%8752$46$16,304,32311Paramount
7Coriolanus$3,647-62%132$281$335,1195Weinstein Company
8Undefeated$2,522-72%5--$504$44,7691Weinstein Company
9Pariah (2011)$2,170-54%130$167$694,7858Focus
10The Devil Inside$1,446-41%34-61$43$53,184,6727Paramount
11New Year's Eve$1,231-51%33-122$37$54,541,75611Warner Bros. / New Line
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$858-52%8-2$107$287,6429FilmDistrict
13J. Edgar$354-29%11-31$32$37,305,30415Warner Bros.
14Immortals$262-65%29-4$9$83,503,42315Relativity Media