'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, Oct. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$13,609,19351%3,820160$3,563$162,161,3963Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$7,378,39945%3,0200$2,443$48,491,5362Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$6,264,952-4%3,157--$1,984$12,780,4381Sony / Screen Gems
4Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$4,553,81479%3,602-272$1,264$90,131,5884Sony / Columbia
5Escape Plan$3,949,02516%2,883--$1,370$7,347,3551Lionsgate / Summit
6Prisoners$940,14151%2,160-695$435$56,757,2605Warner Bros.
7Insidious: Chapter 2$738,25259%1,665-491$443$80,593,8596FilmDistrict
8Runner Runner$726,64540%2,011-1015$361$17,157,8883Fox
9The Fifth Estate$685,04016%1,769--$387$1,274,3411Disney / DreamWorks
10Rush (2013)$567,99049%1,197-933$475$24,312,6445Universal
11Machete Kills$508,12345%2,5380$200$6,057,3732Open Road
12Don Jon$506,76732%1,114-882$455$22,189,2854Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$817,52860%757151$1,080$10,315,5355Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$551,20178%865-455$637$19,760,7784Fox Searchlight
3I'm in Love with a Church Girl$397,01313%457--$869$746,8621High Top Releasing
4We're the Millers$363,90165%881-269$413$147,551,13811Warner Bros. / New Line
5Pulling Strings$236,46862%43810$540$4,938,4383Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Despicable Me 2$231,07583%395-39$585$363,612,70516Universal
7Instructions Not Included$219,60774%475-236$462$43,349,3578Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$178,34660%602-378$296$114,185,00310Weinstein Company
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$141,22269%350-54$403$66,846,91711Fox
10The Family (2013)$99,17055%483-567$205$36,243,1986Relativity Media
11Grown Ups 2$99,13069%223-38$445$133,072,69415Sony / Columbia
12Grace Unplugged$98,80229%313-189$316$2,118,5373Roadside Attractions
13Romeo and Juliet (2013)$98,54545%4610$214$883,6552Relativity Media
14The Smurfs 2$91,96774%242-26$380$70,576,13412Sony / Columbia
15The Wolverine$70,10559%207-20$339$132,040,29213Fox
16Turbo$54,37171%149-38$365$82,594,92214Fox / DreamWorks Animation
182 Guns$40,56554%135-31$300$75,549,06012Universal
19The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$36,51055%1470$248$416,9262Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
20The Heat$35,74642%103-36$347$159,386,90217Fox
21The Conjuring$20,34557%113-32$180$137,334,69714Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$381,71239%19--$20,090$655,5941Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$40,22961%6--$6,705$65,1751Roadside Attractions
3Elysium$24,59643%93-47$264$92,454,23911Sony / TriStar
4Battle of the Year$20,80494%86-124$242$8,876,4755Sony / Screen Gems
5A.C.O.D.$20,25145%4224$482$109,5963The Film Arcade
6In a World...$15,83644%47-7$337$2,827,71311Roadside Attractions
7The Spectacular Now$9,29031%5421$172$6,805,39812A24
8Haute Cuisine$9,09673%21-9$433$184,9455Weinstein Company
9Linsanity$7,601105%9-7$845$222,5173Ketchup Entertainment
10The World's End$6,40233%40-33$160$25,931,3229Focus
11Shahid$4,95230%16--$310$8,7691UTV Motion Pictures
12Fruitvale Station$4,799238%20-21$240$16,085,27315Weinstein Company
13Thanks for Sharing$3,92265%14-2$280$1,041,9685Roadside Attractions
14We Are What We Are (2013)$3,76892%12-1$314$61,8624eOne Films US
15Populaire$1,77332%14-7$127$174,0237Weinstein Company
16The Grandmaster$1,605104%9-7$178$6,592,9449Weinstein Company
17Torn$1,563-31%1--$1,563$3,8151The Film Collective
18The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,087-15%31$362$22,1834Rialto Pictures
19Cassadaga$16632%30$55$2,1362Archstone Distribution