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, Jan. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$1,032,330-32%2,647--$390$34,688,9351Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$954,683-21%2,9469$324$59,102,2075Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$845,014-16%2,5231713$335$58,546,59810Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$664,332-26%3,1030$214$34,798,6862Warner Bros.
5Django Unchained$597,237-20%2,516-496$237$140,681,9714Weinstein Company
6Broken City$543,859-26%2,620--$208$10,741,3271Fox
7Les Miserables (2012)$528,695-20%2,579-348$205$132,757,7704Universal
8Lincoln$421,770-17%2,174147$194$162,746,80511Disney / DreamWorks
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$409,182-19%2,323-689$176$289,530,2406Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Last Stand$396,781-29%2,913--$136$8,170,1971Lionsgate
11A Haunted House$334,556-26%2,1600$155$31,871,8682Open Road
12Life of Pi$230,804-27%1,256499$184$100,593,4639Fox
13Parental Guidance$197,275-29%2,337-620$84$68,134,1234Fox
14Jack Reacher$148,978-20%1,707-1000$87$77,198,4885Paramount
15This is 40$129,360-19%1,232-1088$105$65,468,2705Universal
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$73,620-22%1,474-1185$50$33,790,5843Lionsgate
17Wreck-It Ralph$52,492-42%1,312836$40$181,700,13612Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$184,559-25%88678$208$11,158,5845Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$167,165-7%756135$221$115,585,01115Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$66,103-20%507-316$130$301,180,02411Sony / Columbia
4The Guilt Trip$45,948-21%642-964$72$35,921,0785Paramount
5Hyde Park on Hudson$39,443-5%194-52$203$5,011,0997Focus
6Monsters, Inc. 3D$38,127-27%565-562$67$32,065,9605Disney
7Flight$27,907-13%300150$93$93,206,24912Paramount
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$22,359-11%306-236$73$290,830,61410Lionsgate / Summit
9Rise of The Guardians$21,573-40%474-431$46$99,819,3799Paramount / DreamWorks
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$19,617-5%265-165$74$12,262,6005Paramount
11Anna Karenina (2012)$17,266-20%117-27$148$12,301,38310Focus
12Red Dawn (2012)$14,679-17%24924$59$44,369,6539FilmDistrict
13Promised Land (2012)$12,227-18%134-1513$91$7,583,7704Focus
14Hitchcock$9,2966%122-5$76$5,806,3029Fox Searchlight
15Taken 2$6,599-10%156-34$42$139,688,03016Fox
16Pitch Perfect$3,125-29%125-29$25$64,920,34317Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$35,570-27%3230$1,112$502,5152Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$6,588-40%520$127$10,905,75640Warner Bros. / IMAX
3LUV$5,708-2%45--$127$113,7631Indomina Media
4The Sessions$5,55316%628$90$5,812,59114Fox Searchlight
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$4,0675%73-27$56$17,679,06418Lionsgate / Summit
6The Master$3,261-2%14-2$233$16,054,79319Weinstein Company
7A Late Quartet$3,08729%14-3$221$1,453,76212Entertainment One / RKO
8Cloud Atlas$3,0484%58-104$53$27,104,55913Warner Bros.
9Born to Be Wild 3D$2,366-44%300$79$21,794,30094Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,6391%58-49$28$12,941,7827FilmDistrict
11The Rabbi's Cat$1,42822%7--$204$21,9227GKIDS
12Not Fade Away$1,016-2%56-121$18$609,3775Paramount Vantage
13Officer Down$82-25%1--$82$1,3751Anchor Bay Films