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, Jan. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$6,050,267-35%2,9372877$2,060$29,919,7434Sony / Columbia
2Gangster Squad$4,140,810-33%3,103--$1,334$17,070,3471Warner Bros.
3A Haunted House$3,771,853-50%2,160--$1,746$18,101,6821Open Road
4Django Unchained$2,956,191-36%3,0122$981$125,374,6073Weinstein Company
5The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,628,711-37%3,012-743$873$278,212,6185Warner Bros. / New Line
6Les Miserables (2012)$2,561,125-39%2,92723$875$118,723,1853Universal
7Lincoln$1,720,506-38%2,027126$849$152,600,25310Disney / DreamWorks
8Parental Guidance$1,523,650-47%2,957-411$515$60,639,1423Fox
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,142,950-50%2,6595$430$30,880,9852Lionsgate
10Jack Reacher$1,104,584-49%2,707-581$408$72,628,5854Paramount
11This is 40$962,825-51%2,320-611$415$61,442,1804Universal
12Monsters, Inc. 3D$608,167-26%1,127-976$540$30,586,7914Disney
13The Guilt Trip$431,461-51%1,606-706$269$34,464,0574Paramount
14Promised Land (2012)$314,557-44%1,647-29$191$6,879,6103Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,339,882-39%81065$1,654$41,324,2329Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$826,275-32%757-208$1,092$94,800,7268Fox
3The Impossible$658,338-42%808236$815$6,845,2064Lionsgate / Summit
4Rise of The Guardians$390,611-24%905-602$432$98,750,4008Paramount / DreamWorks
5Skyfall$360,028-51%823-484$437$299,349,01510Sony / Columbia
6Argo$331,519-43%621319$534$111,660,24314Warner Bros.
7Wreck-It Ralph$222,575-31%476-233$468$179,379,61511Disney
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$174,472-41%542-283$322$290,177,7099Lionsgate / Summit
9Hyde Park on Hudson$156,600-43%24624$637$4,192,3366Focus
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$154,907-25%430-387$360$11,771,9874Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$110,318-35%252-15$438$146,638,11516Sony / Columbia
12Anna Karenina (2012)$65,568-35%144-19$455$11,948,6999Focus
13Here Comes the Boom$56,363-42%228-15$247$44,391,37314Sony / Columbia
14Taken 2$36,320-46%190-23$191$139,499,96315Fox
15Flight$35,927-47%150-100$240$92,741,71811Paramount
16Red Dawn (2012)$26,321-44%225-27$117$44,035,8398FilmDistrict
17Hitchcock$25,430-40%1279$200$5,653,8278Fox Searchlight
18Pitch Perfect$25,425-45%154-11$165$64,799,60816Universal
19Cloud Atlas$21,006-32%1627$130$27,027,46112Warner Bros.
20End of Watch$19,186-21%111-29$173$40,983,00117Open Road
21The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,304-43%1002$163$17,581,48117Lionsgate / Summit
22Not Fade Away$11,147-42%177-388$63$574,5084Paramount Vantage
23Playing For Keeps (2012)$7,861-44%107-32$73$12,904,1126FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$26,141-18%520$503$10,758,55639Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Sessions$16,538-32%5413$306$5,721,19413Fox Searchlight
3Quartet$13,468-38%2--$6,734$47,1221Weinstein Company
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$9,524-32%48-5$198$161,239,97127Fox
5Born to Be Wild 3D$9,134-17%300$304$21,728,88493Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Late Quartet$7,836-39%17-6$461$1,408,64211Entertainment One / RKO
7The Master$7,676-29%164$480$16,008,86718Weinstein Company
8Killing Them Softly$4,635-38%31-20$150$14,938,5707Weinstein Company
9The Intouchables$2,940-11%121$245$13,179,83734Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$413-30%40$103$7,918,28318Roadside Attractions