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, Oct. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$4,001,126-35%3,66085$1,093$132,525,3772Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$2,628,046-27%3,020--$870$31,919,5131Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$858,284-72%3,874-127$222$81,534,9343Sony / Columbia
4Runner Runner$455,268-20%3,0260$150$15,185,4452Fox
5Prisoners$392,319-31%2,855-381$137$54,548,7994Warner Bros.
6Machete Kills$365,001-19%2,538--$144$4,653,1951Open Road
7Don Jon$286,550-23%1,996-426$144$20,830,4173Relativity Media
8Rush (2013)$276,720-26%2,130-178$130$22,872,3944Universal
9Insidious: Chapter 2$203,191-37%2,156-451$94$79,040,9345FilmDistrict
10Baggage Claim$154,514-43%1,320-710$117$18,656,2313Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$103,093-29%1,150-456$90$146,772,71910Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$68,186-22%1,050-973$65$35,963,4385Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$195,453-22%606169$323$8,610,2464Fox Searchlight
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$80,338-32%980-583$82$113,742,4069Weinstein Company
3Pulling Strings$71,899-36%42841$168$4,428,8492Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Instructions Not Included$64,395-42%711-147$91$42,891,9297Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Romeo and Juliet (2013)$46,365-31%461--$101$633,5001Relativity Media
6Grace Unplugged$41,258-41%502-9$82$1,859,7422Roadside Attractions
7Despicable Me 2$36,890-60%434-51$85$363,188,16015Universal
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$27,522-58%404-109$68$66,569,43810Fox
9Riddick$25,835-33%430-365$60$41,722,9406Universal
10The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$25,507-35%147--$174$319,2241Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
11The Wolverine$19,743-23%227-14$87$131,890,32312Fox
122 Guns$14,940-22%166-34$90$75,456,71511Universal
13Besharam$12,789-6%126-91$102$670,5692Reliance Entertainment
14The Heat$12,41615%139-43$89$159,302,65216Fox
15Turbo$11,755-53%187-35$63$82,482,25013Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Red 2$11,520-13%168-35$69$53,240,73613Lionsgate / Summit
17The Conjuring$6,413-17%145-57$44$137,288,63113Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$5,1734%54-24$96$2,790,90110Roadside Attractions
2You're Next$4,208-32%8742$48$18,484,6298Lionsgate
3Haute Cuisine$4,044-26%30-30$135$162,6234Weinstein Company
4The World's End$3,980-27%73-58$55$25,912,3418Focus
5Pacific Rim$3,357-43%52-40$65$101,794,72914Warner Bros.
6The Way, Way Back$3,1511%63-68$50$21,431,60715Fox Searchlight
7The Wizard of Oz 3D$3,045-44%50-196$61$5,501,6224Warner Bros.
8Linsanity$3,037-70%167$190$197,3902Ketchup Entertainment
9The Spectacular Now$2,459-21%33-25$75$6,783,46211A24
10We Are What We Are (2013)$2,137-19%135$164$52,2853eOne Films US
11Salinger$2,109-6%16-5$132$580,1356Weinstein Company
12Fruitvale Station$1,348-10%41-35$33$16,075,77014Weinstein Company
13Populaire$951-8%21-37$45$168,8876Weinstein Company
14The Grandmaster$947-50%16-19$59$6,588,3088Weinstein Company
15Thanks for Sharing$490-60%16-49$31$1,034,1904Roadside Attractions
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$315128%21$158$19,2833Rialto Pictures
17Cassadaga$97155%3--$32$1,8141Archstone Distribution