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, May. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$5,780,050-28%3,658--$1,580$130,846,3551Universal
2The Hangover Part III$3,184,427-24%3,555--$896$69,448,6031Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$2,741,570-20%3,90739$702$162,193,9072Paramount
4Epic$1,828,992-21%3,882--$471$46,955,6251Fox
5The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,381,111-15%3,090-460$447$120,767,5753Warner Bros.
6Iron Man 3$1,246,787-20%3,424-813$364$375,582,7154Disney
7The Croods$83,562-9%1,008-1365$83$179,833,01310Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$66,836-16%1,003-1426$67$48,848,4865Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$180,759-11%712-248$254$15,507,9715Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$98,213-16%915-1465$107$91,728,2607Warner Bros.
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$61,335-11%401-134$153$232,546,56012Disney
4Oblivion (2013)$54,340-18%572-1505$95$87,624,2406Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$35,076-18%346-63$101$121,274,3509Paramount
6Escape From Planet Earth$27,597-4%346-347$80$56,095,74715Weinstein Company
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$26,893-9%485-1556$55$8,952,5633Lionsgate
8The Big Wedding$24,581-19%265-1178$93$21,194,3905Lionsgate
9Olympus Has Fallen$16,253-12%209-257$78$97,761,48610FilmDistrict
10The Place Beyond the Pines$16,235-24%128-189$127$21,034,8879Focus
11Identity Thief$11,255-13%187-54$60$134,313,08516Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$10,583-5%185-65$57$65,027,85713Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tyler Perry's Temptation$6,742-11%131-19$51$51,968,8159Lionsgate
14Scary Movie 5$5,40817%171-337$32$31,389,5227Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$20,722105%6326$329$1,318,50712Gathr Films
2Kon-Tiki$15,548-9%643$243$741,2145Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$13,28736%520$256$12,652,51558Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Stories We Tell$11,61412%263$447$775,4133Roadside Attractions
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$8,402-21%3713$227$335,7424eOne Films US
6The Sapphires$7,612-3%61-41$125$2,144,55310Weinstein Company
7Filly Brown$5,7695%29-10$199$2,844,6566Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Spring Breakers$4,9785%7059$71$14,097,44911A24
9Born to Be Wild 3D$4,8392%300$161$22,705,437112Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Snitch (2013)$3,8737%93-60$42$42,926,58914Lionsgate / Summit
11The Host (2013)$3,4305%59-172$58$26,623,7019Open Road
12Quartet$3,308-1%30-12$110$18,249,37320Weinstein Company
13We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$2,448-23%4--$612$39,8141Focus World
14From Up on Poppy Hill$2,26415%24-12$94$969,99511GKIDS
15Silver Linings Playbook$1,7885%35-96$51$18,249,37328Weinstein Company
16A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$1,5249%1--$1,524$14,8331Rialto Pictures
17Emperor$1,21348%81$152$3,336,97012Roadside Attractions
18Admission$1,20327%26-103$46$17,997,39310Focus
19Life of Pi$1,052-15%26-25$40$124,890,84227Fox
20The Painting (2013)$92048%65$153$19,7333GKIDS
21Not Today$732-50%5-1$146$198,2687Freestyle Releasing
22Safe Haven$683-20%36-54$19$71,348,46315Relativity Media