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 Mon, Jan. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$2,302,701-62%2,9372877$784$32,222,4444Sony / Columbia
2Gangster Squad$1,505,333-64%3,103--$485$18,575,6801Warner Bros.
3Django Unchained$1,218,771-59%3,0122$405$126,593,3783Weinstein Company
4A Haunted House$981,212-74%2,160--$454$19,082,8941Open Road
5Les Miserables (2012)$878,110-66%2,92723$300$119,601,2953Universal
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$657,165-75%3,012-743$218$278,869,7835Warner Bros. / New Line
7Lincoln$619,718-64%2,027126$306$153,219,97110Disney / DreamWorks
8Jack Reacher$354,914-68%2,707-581$131$72,983,4994Paramount
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$346,765-70%2,6595$130$31,227,7502Lionsgate
10This is 40$336,405-65%2,320-611$145$61,778,5854Universal
11Parental Guidance$300,336-80%2,957-411$102$60,939,4783Fox
12The Guilt Trip$135,486-69%1,606-706$84$34,599,5434Paramount
13Promised Land (2012)$116,475-63%1,647-29$71$6,996,0853Focus
14Monsters, Inc. 3D$81,318-87%1,127-976$72$30,668,1094Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$582,766-57%81065$719$41,906,9989Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$232,080-72%757-208$307$95,032,8068Fox
3Argo$208,013-37%621319$335$111,868,25614Warner Bros.
4The Impossible$196,973-70%808236$244$7,042,1794Lionsgate / Summit
5Skyfall$117,246-67%823-484$142$299,466,26110Sony / Columbia
6Hyde Park on Hudson$55,064-65%24624$224$4,247,4006Focus
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$48,339-72%542-283$89$290,226,0489Lionsgate / Summit
8Rise of The Guardians$48,265-88%905-602$53$98,798,6658Paramount / DreamWorks
9Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$37,913-76%430-387$88$11,809,9004Paramount
10Wreck-It Ralph$32,001-86%476-233$67$179,411,61611Disney
11Anna Karenina (2012)$26,786-59%144-19$186$11,975,4859Focus
12Flight$14,181-61%150-100$95$92,755,89911Paramount
13Taken 2$11,502-68%190-23$61$139,511,46515Fox
14Hitchcock$10,160-60%1279$80$5,663,9878Fox Searchlight
15Red Dawn (2012)$9,074-66%225-27$40$44,044,9138FilmDistrict
16Cloud Atlas$8,837-58%1627$55$27,036,29812Warner Bros.
17Pitch Perfect$6,930-73%154-11$45$64,806,53816Universal
18The Perks of Being A Wallflower$6,511-60%1002$65$17,587,99217Lionsgate / Summit
19End of Watch$5,120-73%111-29$46$40,988,12117Open Road
20Not Fade Away$5,116-54%177-388$29$579,6244Paramount Vantage
21Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,630-67%107-32$25$12,906,7426FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$7,125-73%520$137$10,765,68139Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Sessions$6,765-59%5413$125$5,727,95913Fox Searchlight
3Quartet$6,466-52%2--$3,233$53,5881Weinstein Company
4A Late Quartet$4,370-44%17-6$257$1,413,01211Entertainment One / RKO
5The Master$3,148-59%164$197$16,012,01518Weinstein Company
6Born to Be Wild 3D$2,877-69%300$96$21,731,76193Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Killing Them Softly$1,878-59%31-20$61$14,940,4487Weinstein Company
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,488-84%48-5$31$161,241,45927Fox
9The Intouchables$1,034-65%121$86$13,180,87134Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$250-39%40$63$7,918,53318Roadside Attractions