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, Aug. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Elysium$10,749,286-3%3,284--$3,273$21,837,5141Sony / TriStar
2We're the Millers$10,321,17321%3,260--$3,166$30,325,7721Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$8,196,3100%3,702--$2,214$16,355,2821Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,550,49113%3,031--$1,831$19,307,5411Fox
52 Guns$4,617,82534%3,0283$1,525$45,443,5102Universal
6The Smurfs 2$3,685,01617%3,8671$953$43,980,0082Sony / Columbia
7The Wolverine$3,264,66834%2,867-1057$1,139$109,684,9813Fox
8The Conjuring$2,709,46126%2,650-465$1,022$118,896,3244Warner Bros. / New Line
9Despicable Me 2$2,287,22520%2,395-812$955$336,757,4456Universal
10Grown Ups 2$1,513,32625%2,102-973$720$122,861,0455Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$932,59332%1,771-1214$527$74,411,0434Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$835,22330%1,351-723$618$153,093,1627Fox
13Red 2$830,02941%1,574-1181$527$48,829,8464Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chennai Express$838,20710%196--$4,277$1,793,8881UTV Motion Pictures
2Pacific Rim$635,28442%980-823$648$96,312,4165Warner Bros.
3The Way, Way Back$633,47230%780-221$812$15,939,3276Fox Searchlight
4Fruitvale Station$583,36839%828-258$705$13,051,9785Weinstein Company
5Man of Steel$298,63638%426122$701$288,446,6249Warner Bros.
6World War Z$271,19336%505-407$537$197,274,9598Paramount
7Monsters University$268,19221%405-474$662$259,977,2218Disney
8R.I.P.D.$193,59040%478-1225$405$31,843,4404Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$116,70434%256-44$456$226,716,71613Paramount
10White House Down$76,50449%159-194$481$71,912,9777Sony / Columbia
11Epic$64,31135%222-33$290$106,936,23212Fox
12Fast & Furious 6$60,08046%191-39$315$238,240,80012Universal
13Now You See Me$59,57531%143-63$417$115,711,49811Lionsgate / Summit
14This Is The End$45,71222%102-66$448$96,471,6799Sony / Columbia
15The Internship$40,82730%136-36$300$44,393,84310Fox
16The Croods$37,90428%142-20$267$186,827,41621Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Great Gatsby (2013)$34,71737%135-93$257$144,685,76114Warner Bros.
18After Earth$31,66051%109-37$290$60,399,58611Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$105,96626%1915$5,577$458,2222A24
2In a World...$28,42831%3--$9,476$50,1821Roadside Attractions
3The To Do List$26,38910%86-499$307$3,427,9583CBS Films
4Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$25,65434%77-137$333$32,145,7956Lionsgate / Summit
5Unfinished Song$23,72951%53-15$448$1,495,4658Weinstein Company
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$15,35415%53-5$290$4,157,57110Roadside Attractions
7Mud$14,66756%44-18$333$21,530,09416Roadside Attractions
8The Hangover Part III$8,26333%46-57$180$112,181,13012Warner Bros.
9The Bling Ring$6,81323%401$170$5,801,8109A24
10Pain and Gain$4,72063%19-1$248$49,799,08716Paramount
11Girl Most Likely$3,43838%12-24$287$1,368,1754Roadside Attractions
12Stories We Tell$2,44118%10-7$244$1,568,16914Roadside Attractions
13Copperhead$78215%1-1$782$170,9657Brainstorm Media