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 Sat, May. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$31,696,570-18%3,658--$8,665$70,434,0751Universal
2The Hangover Part III$14,627,6601%3,555--$4,115$40,915,0071Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$14,422,06644%3,90739$3,691$133,235,0292Paramount
4Epic$13,379,65943%3,882--$3,447$22,727,6731Fox
5Iron Man 3$7,533,15446%3,424-813$2,200$360,762,0944Disney
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$5,099,55130%3,090-460$1,650$109,761,1283Warner Bros.
7The Croods$507,54888%1,008-1365$504$178,801,14310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$247,24233%1,003-1426$247$48,347,6945Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$784,74363%712-248$1,102$13,872,9005Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$508,11469%915-1465$555$90,613,2437Warner Bros.
3Oblivion (2013)$320,60530%572-1505$560$87,031,9956Universal
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$255,16655%401-134$636$231,982,42312Disney
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$169,81645%346-63$491$120,934,7939Paramount
6Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$128,19156%485-1556$264$8,686,6653Lionsgate
7Escape From Planet Earth$104,49985%346-347$302$55,864,38715Weinstein Company
8The Big Wedding$95,60468%265-1178$361$21,008,8205Lionsgate
9Identity Thief$83,21541%187-54$445$134,191,58516Universal
10The Place Beyond the Pines$66,30763%128-189$518$20,901,8049Focus
11Olympus Has Fallen$62,20960%209-257$298$97,619,42810FilmDistrict
12The Call$56,76134%166-63$342$51,501,09211Sony / TriStar
13Jack the Giant Slayer$43,30670%185-65$234$64,930,53113Warner Bros. / New Line
14Scary Movie 5$26,32424%171-337$154$31,350,5397Weinstein / Dimension
15Tyler Perry's Temptation$23,65963%131-19$181$51,914,4989Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$67,57764%643$1,056$609,1755Weinstein Company
2Stories We Tell$56,66478%263$2,179$682,8523Roadside Attractions
3The Sapphires$29,42482%61-41$482$2,085,30110Weinstein Company
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$26,69165%3713$721$266,6734eOne Films US
5To the Arctic 3D$18,19921%520$350$12,603,95358Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Filly Brown$16,12463%29-10$556$2,800,4526Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Snitch (2013)$13,76259%93-60$148$42,895,33814Lionsgate / Summit
8We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$11,05748%4--$2,764$18,5411Focus World
9Quartet$10,96954%30-12$366$18,228,04120Weinstein Company
10The Host (2013)$9,07920%59-172$154$26,604,0019Open Road
11Spring Breakers$8,75821%7059$125$14,072,46011A24
12Evil Dead$7,96618%58-150$137$54,105,0868Sony / TriStar
13From Up on Poppy Hill$7,51168%24-12$313$953,31511GKIDS
14Silver Linings Playbook$7,14351%35-96$204$132,065,28428Weinstein Company
15Born to Be Wild 3D$6,278-3%300$209$22,685,467112Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Admission$4,55835%26-103$175$17,988,11210Focus
17A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$4,46680%1--$4,466$6,9521Rialto Pictures
18Life of Pi$4,00943%26-25$154$124,882,08827Fox
19Not Today$3,792-7%5-1$758$192,9287Freestyle Releasing
20The Painting (2013)$3,772165%65$629$12,1623GKIDS
21Safe Haven$2,46220%36-54$68$71,343,64815Relativity Media
22Emperor$1,5352%81$192$3,331,41812Roadside Attractions
23Girl Rising$1,450113%6326$23$1,287,66512Gathr Films