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, Jun. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1This Is The End$7,815,952--3,055--$2,558$7,815,9520Sony / Columbia
2Now You See Me$1,980,337-19%3,02095$656$67,748,2372Lionsgate / Summit
3The Purge$1,901,890-29%2,536--$750$41,957,3451Universal
4Fast & Furious 6$1,620,550-22%3,77185$430$208,652,9303Universal
5The Internship$1,400,788-23%3,366--$416$22,572,7051Fox
6Epic$1,285,137-11%3,390-504$379$88,095,4093Fox
7Star Trek Into Darkness$1,137,047-18%3,152-433$361$203,715,9754Paramount
8After Earth$986,687-20%3,4010$290$49,562,5202Sony / Columbia
9The Hangover Part III$609,243-28%3,242-323$188$104,705,2253Warner Bros.
10Iron Man 3$553,112-15%2,193-702$252$396,159,8036Disney
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$474,453-21%2,160-475$220$137,848,4315Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$109,566-21%5801$189$18,969,9057Roadside Attractions
2The Croods$105,563-4%384-122$275$181,971,87412Fox / DreamWorks Animation
342 (2013)$40,174-5%370-131$109$93,055,9469Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$28,165-14%298-59$95$88,566,3058Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$26,171-6%23687$111$98,192,82112FilmDistrict
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$22,976-11%236-50$97$121,973,83811Paramount
7Escape From Planet Earth$19,462-10%182-86$107$56,607,88817Weinstein Company
8Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$14,1670%1309$109$9,164,0245Lionsgate
9The Place Beyond the Pines$11,2590%13431$84$21,277,56711Focus
10Pain and Gain$8,262-26%175-32$47$49,245,9137Paramount
11Quartet$5,898-14%11497$52$18,319,38422Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$22,222-12%4440$505$371,0882CBS Films
2The East$18,796-11%4137$458$400,8262Fox Searchlight
3Stories We Tell$18,4389%7031$263$1,143,6355Roadside Attractions
4Kon-Tiki$14,5782%751$194$1,119,8647Weinstein Company
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$13,9208%5--$2,784$213,8781Roadside Attractions
6The Sapphires$6,654-8%55-3$121$2,296,40012Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$5,658-29%300$189$22,778,182114Warner Bros. / IMAX
8To the Arctic 3D$5,179-24%520$100$12,771,23260Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Lost and Found in Armenia$5,038-26%9--$560$69,1071High Top Releasing
10The Big Wedding$4,990-29%92-34$54$21,390,8747Lionsgate
11We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$4,563-2%2514$183$142,9323Focus World
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$4,515-14%29-9$156$456,2816eOne Films US
13Jack the Giant Slayer$3,597-8%58-85$62$65,183,42615Warner Bros. / New Line
14Wish You Were Here (2013)$2,260-8%11--$205$33,4531eOne Films US
15Scary Movie 5$2,2004%510$43$31,440,2519Weinstein / Dimension
16Tiger Eyes$1,79033%17--$105$15,3991Freestyle Releasing
17Not Today$1,215-34%191$64$282,6659Freestyle Releasing
18From Up on Poppy Hill$990121%10-2$99$995,52313GKIDS
19Hello Herman$5366%15--$36$7,7001Freestyle Releasing
20Emperor$215-18%5-1$43$3,345,99514Roadside Attractions
21Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$48200%30$16$2,5842Cinema Purgatorio