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 Thu, Sep. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious: Chapter 2$1,200,236-3%3,049--$394$46,355,2601FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$949,124-8%3,091--$307$18,640,5221Relativity Media
3Riddick$529,890-3%3,11710$170$33,508,2902Universal
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$511,3122%3,239-91$158$102,148,1145Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$452,1550%3,238-207$140$133,506,2976Warner Bros. / New Line
6Elysium$207,9921%1,720-521$121$89,323,7096Sony / TriStar
7Planes$160,9044%2,739-294$59$83,682,2936Disney
8The World's End$121,959-6%1,243-277$98$24,507,3134Focus
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$92,39310%1,638-407$56$62,471,8116Fox
10The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$87,7817%1,576-943$56$30,004,5314Sony / Screen Gems
11One Direction: This Is Us$82,0236%2,300-435$36$27,319,9903Sony / TriStar
12This Is The End$76,831-3%1,333-828$58$100,775,36014Sony / Columbia
13Despicable Me 2$60,2550%1,006-44$60$359,370,40011Universal
14Getaway$51,331-3%1,378-757$37$10,206,8283Warner Bros.
15You're Next$42,5422%1,110-792$38$18,118,9094Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$304,8822%933216$327$28,561,7253Lionsgate / Pantelion
22 Guns$90,7855%908-257$100$73,817,6657Universal
3The Spectacular Now$72,1066%770355$94$6,019,0667A24
4The Grandmaster$52,7327%705-99$75$6,056,4174Weinstein Company
5The Conjuring$49,0814%676-40$73$136,207,5989Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Wolverine$46,6644%540-158$86$130,426,8028Fox
7The Heat$26,94314%336-14$80$158,400,13212Fox
8The Way, Way Back$26,4367%421-129$63$20,952,61811Fox Searchlight
9World War Z$26,2145%280-94$94$201,948,97113Paramount
10In a World...$25,280-10%14442$176$2,170,1976Roadside Attractions
11Closed Circuit$24,697-5%413-457$60$5,696,9613Focus
12Turbo$23,935-1%353-5$68$81,229,3359Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Ultimate Life$23,89411%4120$58$1,164,9122High Top Releasing
14Kick-Ass 2$22,2958%343-319$65$28,651,2105Universal
15Pacific Rim$19,0958%254-53$75$101,277,30610Warner Bros.
16Jobs$19,0361%239-263$80$15,962,2755Open Road
17Red 2$11,055-6%209-41$53$52,673,0549Lionsgate / Summit
18Now You See Me$10,85711%171-34$63$117,617,74916Lionsgate / Summit
19Fruitvale Station$10,32015%137-51$75$15,918,68010Weinstein Company
20R.I.P.D.$9,03510%164-17$55$33,492,0009Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$26,000-6%4--$6,500$53,7340Fox Searchlight
2Man of Steel$5,9336%91-110$65$291,045,51814Warner Bros.
3Populaire$4,4488%1512$297$78,3652Weinstein Company
4Salinger$3,910-26%40$978$175,8892Weinstein Company
5Paranoia$3,35411%71-107$47$7,268,2805Relativity Media
6Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,52722%10$2,527$28,6302Rialto Pictures
7Satyagraha$1,79758%35-44$51$731,4673UTV Motion Pictures
8Unfinished Song$1,778-32%17-4$105$1,668,82013Weinstein Company
9Chennai Express$1,49166%30-23$50$5,273,0006UTV Motion Pictures
10Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,31046%14-5$94$4,294,74115Roadside Attractions
11Jayne Mansfield's Car$7789%11--$71$12,4181Anchor Bay Films
12Passion$678-18%12-1$57$89,3083eOne Films US
13Savannah$459127%61$77$35,5514Ketchup Entertainment
14Stories We Tell$47-8%4-5$12$1,596,02619Roadside Attractions
15Underdogs (2013)$16220%10$16$35,2715Freestyle Releasing