'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 Sat, Oct. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$18,942,4163%3,661--$5,174$37,300,4731Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$11,794,65582%3,3523$3,519$67,940,6492Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$5,913,55521%2,7702435$2,135$17,648,8132Universal
4Looper$5,142,30847%2,9931$1,718$36,750,2372Sony / TriStar
6Trouble with the Curve$1,702,13648%3,003-209$567$28,689,8463Warner Bros.
7House at the End of the Street$1,664,80544%2,720-363$612$26,654,0833Relativity Media
8End of Watch$1,662,03743%2,370-410$701$31,670,0063Open Road
9Finding Nemo 3D$703,11586%1,746-893$403$38,495,3264Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$493,68156%1,361-1020$363$40,660,1284Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$420,41937%2,5172$167$4,193,8372Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$839,31268%8648$971$11,813,0474Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$634,02731%221119$2,869$2,899,6943Lionsgate / Summit
3Arbitrage$307,594102%244-11$1,261$5,872,3884Roadside Attractions
4The Dark Knight Rises$295,27565%575-80$514$445,169,67412Warner Bros.
5The Possession$285,06054%821-797$347$48,237,4636Lionsgate
6Dredd 3D$260,72943%831-1726$314$12,493,8103Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$151,83047%482-342$315$112,186,1359Universal
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$134,84996%300-87$449$159,376,61513Fox
9Lawless$133,04031%611-892$218$36,909,7766Weinstein Company
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$118,06543%534-653$221$50,129,4928Disney
12Hope Springs (2012)$93,88049%439-252$214$63,270,7239Sony / Columbia
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$79,35978%257-75$309$48,199,44510Fox
14The Campaign$76,31540%303-327$252$86,220,3179Warner Bros.
15The Expendables 2$75,71873%313-502$242$84,322,2048Lionsgate
16Barfi!$71,78083%110-17$653$2,639,8424UTV Communications
17Ted (2012)$63,58048%187-38$340$218,303,89015Universal
18The Amazing Spider-Man$56,71061%145-59$391$261,907,61314Sony / Columbia
19Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$45,90298%155-48$296$216,201,41918Paramount / DreamWorks
20Total Recall (2012)$35,51850%167-72$213$58,853,44510Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$48,21493%84-37$574$12,606,31920Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$41,83951%520$805$8,932,14225Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Moonrise Kingdom$24,00356%9210$261$45,366,61220Focus
4Premium Rush$22,78235%77-131$296$20,001,6137Sony / Columbia
5Beasts of the Southern Wild$17,79565%51-18$349$11,088,98715Fox Searchlight
6Thaandavam$16,338103%21-24$778$170,1012UTV Communications
7The Watch$13,72538%32-14$429$34,325,99211Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$13,51346%330$409$20,969,08179Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Apparition$7,49167%38-27$197$4,926,1457Warner Bros.
10Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$7,411-54%12--$618$23,5591Roadside Attractions
11For A Good Time, Call...$5,64745%43-41$131$1,240,2376Focus
12Hit and Run$4,98040%51-81$98$13,744,0607Open Road
13Heroine$4,40380%18-79$245$589,8943UTV Communications
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,27138%18-14$237$46,340,25023Fox Searchlight
15The Other Dream Team$3,831-20%75$547$32,8652The Film Arcade
16Safety Not Guaranteed$2,649-8%24-10$110$3,991,87718FilmDistrict
1710 Years$1,99316%21-42$95$199,6164Anchor Bay Films
18Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$706123%6-1$118$3,376,3989ARC Entertainment
19Toys in the Attic$642-7%4-2$161$62,5065Hannover House