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 Wed, Dec. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$963,787-17%3,401-62$283$264,414,3195Sony / Columbia
2Lincoln$844,367-10%2,014-4$419$99,708,3625Disney / DreamWorks
3Life of Pi$748,473-25%2,94618$254$63,387,4223Fox
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$712,401-17%3,646-362$195$270,972,5324Lionsgate / Summit
5Rise of The Guardians$515,575-18%3,639-33$142$63,402,9213Paramount / DreamWorks
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$429,931-26%2,837--$152$7,175,9041FilmDistrict
7Flight$316,051-16%2,431-172$130$87,188,8776Paramount
8Killing Them Softly$307,718-24%2,4240$127$12,847,1052Weinstein Company
9Red Dawn (2012)$298,673-18%2,754-27$108$38,200,9373FilmDistrict
10Wreck-It Ralph$265,558-17%2,746-341$97$165,239,5276Disney
11The Collection$132,141-9%1,4030$94$5,869,1362LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$95,783-13%1,2491225$77$40,288,70512Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$225,567-9%3710$608$14,627,6894Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$189,737-12%42238$450$7,179,1924Focus
3Argo$157,438-4%944-99$167$103,610,5099Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$73,841-17%181131$408$1,894,6413Fox Searchlight
5Taken 2$33,620-13%430-66$78$137,806,05210Fox
6The Sessions$28,193-3%197-29$143$5,031,5418Fox Searchlight
7Pitch Perfect$27,090-6%387-16$70$63,596,60811Universal
8Talaash$26,453-37%162-12$163$2,516,9452Reliance Entertainment
9Cloud Atlas$18,706-28%191-3$98$26,519,3737Warner Bros.
10Looper$17,933-2%232--$77$66,197,72311Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$15,564-7%175-14$89$16,903,49112Lionsgate / Summit
12The Man With the Iron Fists$11,765-13%1817$65$15,558,2606Universal
13Alex Cross$11,502-17%214100$54$25,654,4868Lionsgate / Summit
14Seven Psychopaths$9,800-19%141-21$70$14,934,0589CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$12,31140%171$724$342,9163Warner Bros.
2To the Arctic 3D$9,255-10%520$178$10,157,41234Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$9,202-9%63-11$146$1,023,6036Entertainment One / RKO
4Hyde Park on Hudson$7,175-2%4--$1,794$103,9361Focus
5Sinister$3,980-17%77-11$52$47,836,3289Lionsgate / Summit
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,0743%90-12$34$160,962,78022Fox
7Chasing Mavericks$2,91111%67-12$43$5,883,0177Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$2,874-38%300$96$21,486,55988Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Hecho en Mexico$2,737-6%2614$105$129,5552Lionsgate / Pantelion
10ParaNorman$2,467-9%81-23$30$55,933,91617Focus
11Trouble with the Curve$2,33915%71-29$33$35,760,92112Warner Bros.
12Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$2,132-29%76-48$28$17,515,1347Open Road
13The Dark Knight Rises$2,052-2%62-18$33$448,136,69221Warner Bros.
14House at the End of the Street$1,8055%68-40$27$31,594,42612Relativity Media
15The Master$1,799-20%230$78$15,901,01413Weinstein Company
16Arbitrage$1,683-14%25-10$67$7,882,42113Roadside Attractions
17Paranormal Activity 4$1,566-8%48-22$33$53,750,1958Paramount
18Fun Size$1,564-19%80-36$20$9,407,8167Paramount
19The Rabbi's Cat$85446%1--$854$6,0911GKIDS
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$7975%47-5$17$48,986,97519Fox
21This Must Be the Place$7618%5-2$152$138,5016Weinstein Company
22The Intouchables$440-9%12-7$37$13,050,32429Weinstein Company
23Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$52-94%2--$26$84,84710Roadside Attractions