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, Jul. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ted (2012)$15,952,075-11%3,239--$4,925$54,415,2051Universal
2Brave$10,377,600-22%4,1640$2,492$131,768,3342Disney
3Magic Mike$8,401,692-26%2,930--$2,867$39,127,1701Warner Bros.
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$5,851,975-38%2,161--$2,708$25,390,5751Lionsgate
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$3,575,792-23%3,715-205$963$180,036,7984Paramount / DreamWorks
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$1,845,619-20%3,1091$594$29,043,8052Fox
7Prometheus$1,554,303-23%1,951-911$797$118,258,1024Fox
8Snow White and the Huntsman$1,378,830-22%2,337-582$590$145,684,6455Universal
9Marvel's The Avengers$1,299,503-28%1,757-473$740$606,504,7449Disney
10People Like Us$1,144,120-31%2,055--$557$4,255,4231Disney / DreamWorks
11Men in Black 3$921,743-23%1,902-560$485$169,718,9076Sony / Columbia
12Rock of Ages$822,571-28%2,405-1065$342$35,025,9063Warner Bros. / New Line
13That's My Boy$666,347-19%2,363-667$282$34,419,1593Sony / Columbia
14Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$326,304-23%1,608-17$203$6,619,1732Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,526,066-24%854459$1,787$18,465,9546Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$363,815-21%534-207$681$40,425,0959Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$125,003-21%278-136$450$403,768,85215Lionsgate
4Dark Shadows$120,230-23%36563$329$76,280,7648Warner Bros.
5Battleship$118,580-26%308-175$385$63,869,0507Universal
6Safety Not Guaranteed$115,894-28%16435$707$1,684,0694FilmDistrict
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$88,151-19%284169$310$29,587,78310Sony / Columbia
8The Dictator$49,051-14%130-186$377$59,093,6767Paramount
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$46,465-21%202-32$230$213,218,33018Universal
10Think Like a Man$41,581-32%185-53$225$91,345,08811Sony / Screen Gems
11What to Expect When You're Expecting$36,788-30%203-208$181$40,135,9807Lionsgate
12Mirror Mirror$31,422-34%166-56$189$64,493,99314Relativity Media
1321 Jump Street$28,087-17%141-19$199$138,447,66716Sony / Columbia
14The Cabin in the Woods$24,087-20%149-47$162$41,943,44512Lionsgate
15The Three Stooges$22,635-20%117-37$193$43,809,32812Fox
16The Lucky One (2012)$17,744-30%115-87$154$60,303,98311Warner Bros.
17Chernobyl Diaries$17,145-22%145-95$118$18,026,4666Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$102,144-23%68-6$1,502$2,579,3826Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$66,618-22%520$1,281$4,534,48411Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$54,166-15%4--$13,542$220,9131Fox Searchlight
4For Greater Glory$43,82121%73-87$600$5,313,2215ARC Entertainment
5Born to Be Wild 3D$16,034-23%330$486$19,714,88265Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Raven$6,921-18%78-55$89$15,983,82910Relativity Media
7Crooked Arrows$3,459-2%13-12$266$1,804,7927Branded/Peck Films
8Lola Versus$3,289-23%30-20$110$240,4374Fox Searchlight
9Rowdy Rathore$677-29%2-7$339$775,9815UTV Communications
10Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$403-64%1-15$403$288,3123Indomina Media