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 Tue, Sep. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,348,389-75%3,330220$405$80,814,7673Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$1,053,219-71%3,4450$306$114,293,2314Warner Bros. / New Line
3One Direction: This Is Us$603,449-77%2,735--$221$19,076,3241Sony / TriStar
4Elysium$601,038-70%2,539-374$237$81,125,5504Sony / TriStar
5The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$470,015-71%3,1180$151$24,993,9082Sony / Screen Gems
6The World's End$461,034-69%1,5532$297$18,781,6032Focus
7Planes$406,338-87%3,259-119$125$74,376,3304Disney
8Getaway$375,109-66%2,130--$176$5,981,2511Warner Bros.
9You're Next$368,242-62%2,4370$151$14,777,3112Lionsgate
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$260,706-85%2,393-337$109$56,990,1724Fox
112 Guns$225,760-70%1,411-430$160$70,322,0905Universal
12Kick-Ass 2$205,750-60%1,646-1299$125$27,203,8103Universal
13Despicable Me 2$147,660-86%1,284-118$115$355,886,9509Universal
14The Smurfs 2$119,332-86%1,366-486$87$67,105,1955Sony / Columbia
15Jobs$111,588-67%1,302-1079$86$14,917,9353Open Road
16Monsters University$99,012-86%1,889--$52$264,385,38111Disney
17World War Z$91,342-76%1,2471008$73$200,765,54711Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$683,101-73%348--$1,963$11,061,6591Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$227,723-68%749742$304$3,605,1012Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$186,138-71%870--$214$3,814,8691Focus
4The Wolverine$138,031-72%988-461$140$128,460,3186Fox
5The Conjuring$104,470-64%903-452$116$134,288,3987Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$93,721-73%385231$243$3,912,5815A24
7Star Trek Into Darkness$71,225-74%958814$74$228,568,04916Paramount
8Pacific Rim$57,543-71%401141$143$100,423,8078Warner Bros.
9The Way, Way Back$51,476-79%654352$79$19,858,0539Fox Searchlight
10Turbo$39,148-86%438-32$89$80,126,2817Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Heat$37,183-70%393-16$95$157,467,71010Fox
12Now You See Me$34,466-70%239-7$144$117,131,45114Lionsgate / Summit
13Grown Ups 2$31,681-81%471-149$67$130,220,1288Sony / Columbia
14Red 2$26,888-72%261-128$103$52,237,4957Lionsgate / Summit
15Fruitvale Station$19,833-69%294-98$67$15,609,9678Weinstein Company
16Man of Steel$19,595-80%284-19$69$290,769,85212Warner Bros.
17Paranoia$16,596-71%392-2067$42$7,109,5653Relativity Media
18R.I.P.D.$14,480-72%1812$80$33,099,0257Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$33,286-62%83--$401$534,0001UTV Motion Pictures
2In a World...$27,254-75%9116$299$1,333,3584Roadside Attractions
3Chennai Express$15,508-72%93-51$167$5,137,7484UTV Motion Pictures
4This Is The End$9,353-43%34--$275$96,933,85212Sony / Columbia
5Passion$3,115-65%14--$223$45,5841eOne Films US
6Fast & Furious 6$2,360-74%59-39$40$238,675,73015Universal
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,349-24%13-14$181$4,270,84613Roadside Attractions
8Epic$2,169-90%80-35$27$107,454,52515Fox
9The Croods$1,856-87%45-24$41$187,132,52324Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Unfinished Song$598-73%17-10$35$1,635,13011Weinstein Company
11The Servant (2013 re-issue)$580-73%2--$290$33,9956Rialto Pictures
12Savannah$423-58%5-9$85$25,9742Ketchup Entertainment
13The Last Flight of the Champion$200-72%15--$13$2,4201High Top Releasing
14Inch'Allah$172-69%20$86$461,1173eOne Films US
15Mud$156-76%6-10$26$21,588,20419Roadside Attractions
16Underdogs (2013)$130-87%1-1$130$34,0313Freestyle Releasing