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. 25 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$8,948,171-50%4,164--$2,149$75,271,7651Disney
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$3,063,686-47%3,920-343$782$160,149,7233Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$1,901,986-57%3,108--$612$18,208,9601Fox
4Prometheus$1,340,969-56%2,862-580$469$109,793,3193Fox
5That's My Boy$1,231,077-47%3,0300$406$29,141,8712Sony / Columbia
6Snow White and the Huntsman$1,109,220-52%2,919-782$380$138,237,5704Universal
7Marvel's The Avengers$962,092-50%2,230-352$431$599,387,5348Disney
8Rock of Ages$958,219-52%3,4700$276$29,376,8402Warner Bros. / New Line
9Men in Black 3$867,472-47%2,462-673$352$164,333,1795Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$461,645-56%1,625--$284$4,284,4481Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$488,580-51%395217$1,237$12,102,4085Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$223,867-53%741-443$302$38,607,8308Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$97,158-47%414-179$235$403,061,69814Lionsgate
4Battleship$65,205-57%483-459$135$63,255,3106Universal
5The Dictator$63,067-42%316-803$200$58,768,1196Paramount
6Safety Not Guaranteed$61,659-56%12982$478$1,136,1923FilmDistrict
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$50,549-46%411-805$123$39,848,4966Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$34,538-50%302-378$114$75,787,6457Warner Bros.
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$31,590-46%234-43$135$212,932,86517Universal
10For Greater Glory$31,268-70%160-220$195$5,113,2614ARC Entertainment
11Mirror Mirror$26,277-37%222-56$118$64,274,66213Relativity Media
12The Cabin in the Woods$23,149-47%196-28$118$41,800,44111Lionsgate
13Chernobyl Diaries$22,248-49%240-15$93$17,907,6805Warner Bros.
14The Lucky One (2012)$19,341-41%202-148$96$60,173,57910Warner Bros.
15The Three Stooges$17,945-49%154-47$117$43,674,83511Fox
16The Raven$10,939-48%133104$82$15,926,8829Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$65,05611%521$1,251$4,128,69710Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$40,683-61%74-3$550$2,134,1995Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$16,4202%330$498$19,613,01364Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$10,141-42%85-23$119$103,822,38220Warner Bros. / New Line
5Lola Versus$7,506-48%50-2$150$210,6003Fox Searchlight
6Wrath of the Titans$6,724-53%70-35$96$83,647,15013Warner Bros.
7Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$4,714-63%16-141$295$270,8612Indomina Media
8Crooked Arrows$1,435-53%25-73$57$1,789,2446Branded/Peck Films