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 Thu, Jan. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,220,0484%3,372--$362$25,252,7941Paramount
2Silver Linings Playbook$848,7415%2,641118$321$72,264,55811Weinstein Company
3Zero Dark Thirty$655,4716%2,929-17$224$72,497,5506Sony / Columbia
4Mama$603,4505%2,68235$225$51,532,1002Universal
5Parker$478,788-2%2,224--$215$9,224,8821FilmDistrict
6Django Unchained$418,9016%2,007-509$209$147,940,1895Weinstein Company
7Les Miserables (2012)$386,7506%2,210-369$175$139,083,2455Universal
8Gangster Squad$362,1543%2,590-513$140$41,249,0583Warner Bros.
9Lincoln$338,8669%1,909-265$178$168,374,51812Disney / DreamWorks
10Broken City$321,9400%2,6222$123$16,674,0902Fox
11Movie 43$264,689-4%2,023--$131$6,058,2741Relativity Media
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$241,0409%1,675-648$144$294,292,5207Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Haunted House$184,0266%2,002-158$92$36,233,9033Open Road
14The Last Stand$166,425-3%2,9130$57$11,433,6422Lionsgate
15Parental Guidance$133,48810%1,736-601$77$71,411,8245Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$192,4944%941-315$205$104,233,73110Fox
2Argo$192,2523%635-121$303$118,342,81516Warner Bros.
3Quartet$150,6740%163131$924$2,290,1733Weinstein Company
4The Impossible$148,2264%782-104$190$13,908,6316Lionsgate / Summit
5Jack Reacher$62,0727%888-819$70$78,426,3956Paramount
6This is 40$55,770-4%507-725$110$66,551,8756Universal
7Hyde Park on Hudson$31,75519%144-50$221$5,422,9808Focus
8Race 2$31,212-26%153--$204$1,086,5821UTV Motion Pictures
9Wreck-It Ralph$31,023-1%588-724$53$182,629,64213Disney
10The Guilt Trip$25,7493%352-290$73$36,344,9046Paramount
11Flight$19,2494%263-37$73$93,528,56013Paramount
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$18,29513%216-90$85$291,145,09011Lionsgate / Summit
13Rise of The Guardians$15,8796%305-169$52$100,291,75410Paramount / DreamWorks
14Red Dawn (2012)$11,47911%205-44$56$44,581,67010FilmDistrict
15Texas Chainsaw 3D$9,3369%285-1189$33$34,030,4134Lionsgate
16Taken 2$4,5965%124-32$37$139,779,29317Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sound City$120,514--50--$2,410$120,5140Variance Films
2Anna Karenina (2012)$17,42417%98-19$178$12,495,48411Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$10,255-16%520$197$11,024,53841Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$8,912-8%96-169$93$12,415,3696Paramount
5The Master$6,925-16%3723$187$16,160,30420Weinstein Company
6The Sessions$4,966-7%620$80$5,887,69515Fox Searchlight
7Born to Be Wild 3D$4,3663%300$146$21,842,68895Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hitchcock$4,33525%90-32$48$5,874,77210Fox Searchlight
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$3,13130%56-17$56$17,724,24819Lionsgate / Summit
10A Late Quartet$2,470-25%10-4$247$1,482,30213Entertainment One / RKO
11Pitch Perfect$2,3001%91-34$25$64,976,85818Universal
12LUV$1,73841%21-24$83$146,0892Indomina Media
13Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,161-6%35-23$33$12,957,5358FilmDistrict