'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, Sep. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lawless$758,42436%3,138250$242$24,842,3842Weinstein Company
2The Possession$673,81821%2,83418$238$34,395,2082Lionsgate
32016: Obama's America$525,0001%2,017270$260$27,160,7179Rocky Mountain Pictures
4The Expendables 2$505,39833%3,260-74$155$76,503,1774Lionsgate
5The Words$499,53148%2,801--$178$5,587,1291CBS Films
6The Bourne Legacy$387,24033%2,766-365$140$104,306,4955Universal
7Hope Springs (2012)$347,91350%2,437-4$143$58,098,8995Sony / Columbia
8The Campaign$331,03729%2,542-399$130$79,908,8395Warner Bros.
9The Dark Knight Rises$317,30226%1,987-200$160$438,351,2148Warner Bros.
10Premium Rush$271,68754%2,182-73$125$17,191,5603Sony / Columbia
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$236,00342%2,71782$87$43,409,6024Disney
13The Cold Light of Day$192,16432%1,511--$127$2,169,0521Lionsgate / Summit
14Hit and Run$130,04726%1,810-1060$72$12,737,0093Open Road
15Marvel's The Avengers$56,59423%1,209-496$47$621,517,35919Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$182,87221%267--$685$2,008,1231Paramount
2Sparkle (2012)$74,75327%873-384$86$23,507,8324Sony / TriStar
3Ted (2012)$54,07517%515-46$105$216,958,48511Universal
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$41,01424%763-273$54$157,247,6359Fox
6The Intouchables$39,81453%19419$205$11,621,31216Weinstein Company
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$35,4485%2692$132$10,341,41411Fox Searchlight
8Moonrise Kingdom$26,90022%2003$135$44,688,93016Focus
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$26,37017%931-273$28$46,790,9726Fox
10Branded$22,163-5%307--$72$286,1861Roadside Attractions
11Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$21,32627%345-160$62$215,278,33514Paramount / DreamWorks
12Step Up Revolution$17,31681%198-38$87$34,510,9707Lionsgate / Summit
13The Watch$14,5239%135-60$108$34,026,7467Fox
14The Apparition$14,03216%276-534$51$4,765,4733Warner Bros.
15The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$12,19243%1149$107$46,103,72219Fox Searchlight
16Magic Mike$10,41937%202-66$52$113,596,73911Warner Bros.
17Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$9,96418%167-12$60$65,501,49411Lionsgate
18The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$8,1594%281-1879$29$1,045,0562Kenn Viselman Presents

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For A Good Time, Call...$25,86817%5633$462$498,0702Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$10,444-9%520$201$8,417,03421Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ruby Sparks$5,76216%76-2$76$2,383,7987Fox Searchlight
4Cosmopolis$4,6929%45-20$104$711,8364Entertainment One Films
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,52210%330$137$20,825,25175Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Safety Not Guaranteed$3,79226%546$70$3,883,32214FilmDistrict
8Joker$2,651188%43-31$62$166,6412UTV Communications
9Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$2,25327%39-10$58$37,502,93212Fox
10Mugamoodi$2,209162%17-4$130$93,6282UTV Communications
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,30711%22--$59$3,363,2505ARC Entertainment
12Easy Money (2012)$128357%20$64$189,0269Weinstein Company
13The Day$122-16%2-10$61$20,7692Anchor Bay Films
14A Cat In Paris$90-32%52$18$318,76515GKIDS