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 Fri, Aug. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1One Direction: This Is Us$8,868,530--2,735--$3,243$8,868,5301Sony / TriStar
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,620,610111%3,330220$1,087$62,885,7163Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$3,151,568150%3,4450$915$100,103,4864Warner Bros. / New Line
4Planes$1,713,181126%3,259-119$526$64,800,8514Disney
5Elysium$1,591,421119%2,539-374$627$73,695,1504Sony / TriStar
6The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,445,178113%3,1180$463$18,899,3622Sony / Screen Gems
7Getaway$1,430,885--2,130--$672$1,430,8851Warner Bros.
8The World's End$1,340,984110%1,5532$863$13,150,2182Focus
9You're Next$1,144,035133%2,4370$469$10,483,7432Lionsgate
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$994,327130%2,393-337$416$51,534,3464Fox
112 Guns$649,060116%1,411-430$460$67,358,9655Universal
12Despicable Me 2$597,060128%1,284-118$465$352,535,8509Universal
13Kick-Ass 2$518,49026%1,646-1299$315$25,047,5353Universal
14The Smurfs 2$404,35237%1,366-486$296$64,558,5885Sony / Columbia
15Monsters University$303,541--1,889--$161$262,305,85511Disney
16Jobs$303,00019%1,302-1079$233$13,567,3233Open Road
17World War Z$280,259662%1,2471008$225$199,304,09011Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,928,863--348--$5,543$1,928,8631Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Closed Circuit$747,998184%870--$860$1,259,8441Focus
3The Grandmaster$741,3275072%749742$990$937,3712Weinstein Company
4The Wolverine$430,465102%988-461$436$126,539,3476Fox
5The Conjuring$360,120104%903-452$399$132,833,0307Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$309,809130%385231$805$2,652,0885A24
7Pacific Rim$189,043319%401141$471$99,566,0948Warner Bros.
8Grown Ups 2$185,622210%471-149$394$129,409,7798Sony / Columbia
9The Way, Way Back$175,797290%654352$269$18,996,3709Fox Searchlight
10Star Trek Into Darkness$170,834923%958814$178$227,611,64416Paramount
11Turbo$165,163178%438-32$377$79,212,6467Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$156,586218%393-16$398$156,782,24310Fox
13Now You See Me$100,500146%239-7$421$116,698,34514Lionsgate / Summit
14Red 2$90,952181%261-128$348$51,837,0487Lionsgate / Summit
15Man of Steel$69,003115%284-19$243$290,429,08512Warner Bros.
16White House Down$56,869--206-23$276$72,586,63110Sony / Columbia
17R.I.P.D.$55,205194%1812$305$32,858,3007Universal
18Paranoia$49,463-63%392-2067$126$6,910,9273Relativity Media
19Fruitvale Station$48,70632%294-98$166$15,381,8788Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$115,420--83--$1,391$115,4201UTV Motion Pictures
2In a World...$80,716144%9116$887$944,1864Roadside Attractions
3Chennai Express$51,27593%93-51$551$4,886,0704UTV Motion Pictures
4This Is The End$20,126--34-4$592$96,825,48012Sony / Columbia
5Fast & Furious 6$14,455195%59-39$245$238,586,34515Universal
6Passion$10,269--14--$734$10,2691eOne Films US
7Epic$8,91838%80-35$111$107,392,94515Fox
8Afternoon Delight$8,477--2--$4,239$8,4771The Film Arcade
9The Croods$6,44687%45-24$143$187,093,51624Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,777--21$889$25,7966Rialto Pictures
11Unfinished Song$1,761-52%17-10$104$1,627,74911Weinstein Company
12Savannah$997-24%5-9$199$22,6472Ketchup Entertainment
13Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$735-71%13-14$57$4,262,94113Roadside Attractions
14Mud$563-44%6-10$94$21,585,82519Roadside Attractions
15The Last Flight of the Champion$532--15--$35$5321High Top Releasing
16Underdogs (2013)$4299%1-1$429$31,0373Freestyle Releasing
17Inch'Allah$36623%20$183$459,0893eOne Films US
18Stories We Tell$268-40%4-2$67$1,585,15817Roadside Attractions
19Girl Most Likely$1467%10$146$1,377,1617Roadside Attractions