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, Mar. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oz: The Great and Powerful$5,128,7740%3,912--$1,311$102,803,6241Disney
2Jack the Giant Slayer$952,1143%3,5250$270$47,693,3732Warner Bros. / New Line
3Identity Thief$645,4302%3,002-228$215$119,186,8655Universal
421 And Over$535,5730%2,7710$193$19,248,7732Relativity Media
5Escape From Planet Earth$506,2717%2,549-561$199$49,838,5814Weinstein Company
6Snitch (2013)$449,1791%2,340-171$192$33,757,2773Lionsgate / Summit
7Safe Haven$409,5368%2,541-410$161$64,457,8104Relativity Media
8Dead Man Down$389,456-7%2,188--$178$7,247,3401FilmDistrict
9Silver Linings Playbook$341,4464%1,727-109$198$122,026,17917Weinstein Company
10A Good Day to Die Hard$224,5253%1,725-864$130$64,314,1474Fox
11The Last Exorcism Part II$222,462-1%2,7000$82$13,105,1042CBS Films
12Dark Skies$130,4623%1,505-808$87$16,102,5113Weinstein / Dimension
13Warm Bodies$107,9735%1,052-878$103$64,010,9106Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$182,5097%67145$272$120,120,13416Fox
2Quartet$153,9111%715-10$215$13,896,8929Weinstein Company
3Argo$93,1547%741-244$126$134,669,04422Warner Bros.
4Side Effects (2013)$89,6582%602-510$149$29,939,2135Open Road
5Emperor$83,684-7%261--$321$1,403,0631Roadside Attractions
6Zero Dark Thirty$60,1751%522-200$115$94,882,72312Sony / Columbia
7The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$51,5068%337127$153$302,075,20313Warner Bros. / New Line
8Django Unchained$47,3893%336-647$141$161,300,52711Weinstein Company
9Lincoln$45,72610%432-220$106$181,012,58618Disney / DreamWorks
10Les Miserables (2012)$38,50512%286-66$135$148,281,97511Universal
11Rise of The Guardians$38,3922%275-20$140$102,831,03616Paramount / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$27,4538%219-39$125$76,390,89511Fox
13Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$21,5547%225-376$96$54,580,8447Paramount
14Beautiful Creatures (2013)$21,4052%281-794$76$19,101,4854Warner Bros.
15Mama$17,22524%214-233$80$71,182,5258Universal
16Jack Reacher$15,7696%194-31$81$79,954,11312Paramount
17The Impossible$10,897-2%114-37$96$18,530,56112Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$35,68067%18-51$1,982$363,9061Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$17,255-8%520$332$11,632,81047Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stoker$13,1996%1710$776$380,7962Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$12,5882%300$420$22,167,412101Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Bless Me, Ultima$8,06413%52-131$155$1,417,3323Arenas Entertainment
6Gangster Squad$7,309-5%90-48$81$45,887,0989Warner Bros.
7Hyde Park on Hudson$7,144-4%391$183$6,314,31714Focus
8The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,169-6%56-12$92$257,2142Methinx Entertainment
9Kai Po Che$4,316-29%71-33$61$1,036,3193UTV Motion Pictures
10Movie 43$3,0054%6346$48$8,840,4537Relativity Media
11Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$2,72420%1--$2,724$16,0081Rialto Pictures
12Bullet to the Head$1,59519%34-52$47$9,489,8296Warner Bros.
13Parker$1,516-23%34-17$45$17,477,8567FilmDistrict
14Broken City$1,47528%24-45$61$19,671,6088Fox
15Camp (2013)$1,356-22%42$339$39,1733Freestyle Releasing
16A Late Quartet$246-35%71$35$1,562,54619Entertainment One / RKO
17The Sweeney$69-16%1-10$69$26,6502eOne Films US
18Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1850%10$18$97,37623Roadside Attractions