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 Wed, Feb. 5 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$702,415-17%2,867108$245$95,020,6703Universal
2Lone Survivor$589,880-14%3,285123$180$106,693,7716Universal
3Frozen (2013)$576,4079%2,754-3$209$361,228,41111Disney
4That Awkward Moment$567,360-27%2,809--$202$10,697,2571Focus
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$476,452-19%2,907-480$164$40,402,1473Paramount
6Labor Day (2013)$389,525-32%2,584--$151$6,535,2311Paramount
7The Nut Job$376,1898%3,4720$108$50,946,9763Open Road
8American Hustle$368,584-16%2,216-88$166$134,635,2198Sony / Columbia
9The Wolf of Wall Street$334,739-15%1,607-197$208$104,978,1826Paramount
10I, Frankenstein$292,302-26%2,7530$106$15,736,7762Lionsgate
11August: Osage County$282,416-24%2,319-92$122$32,498,9806Weinstein Company
12Gravity$202,023-3%1,132-128$178$264,581,64118Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$156,871-23%1,172-59$134$46,363,60016Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$122,847-20%1,052-58$117$22,949,46214Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$100,349-11%1,075-585$93$81,347,1988Disney
16Devil's Due$68,628-20%1,290-1254$53$15,021,5333Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$137,710-19%875-93$157$14,090,21012Paramount Vantage
2Her (2013)$122,118-7%803-522$152$21,608,4917Warner Bros.
3Philomena$120,573-12%56762$213$27,739,21711Weinstein Company
4The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$102,396-18%933-352$110$254,599,9128Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$77,796-23%822-229$95$421,669,86111Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$45,020-16%598-773$75$18,112,2774Lionsgate / Summit
7Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$30,678-2%420-404$73$124,504,6827Paramount
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$28,945-9%410-130$71$56,976,5616Fox
9Inside Llewyn Davis$27,991-24%214-75$131$12,566,2139CBS Films
10The Book Thief$20,2024%178-19$113$20,821,10913Fox
11Gimme Shelter (2014)$20,170-8%347-38$58$1,256,3142Roadside Attractions
12Captain Phillips$18,838-14%245-57$77$106,604,89617Sony / Columbia
13Walking With Dinosaurs$15,8723%323-7$49$35,013,7737Fox
1447 Ronin$14,705-30%174-65$85$38,348,4706Universal
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,97813%220-22$45$119,141,57319Sony / Columbia
16Grudge Match$8,487-9%241-3$35$29,368,2136Warner Bros.
17Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$6,834-19%150-377$46$32,310,2895Paramount
18Last Vegas$6,03413%104--$58$63,850,40714CBS Films
19Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$5,557-19%16331$34$52,452,4738Lionsgate
20Free Birds$3,47719%135-36$26$55,529,48814Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$15,4001%2926$531$289,5702Roadside Attractions
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,504-47%77-25$58$8,158,08610Weinstein Company
3At Middleton$3,5054%20--$175$43,9091Anchor Bay / Freestyle
4Knights of Badassdom$3,01364%11-2$274$73,8682eOne Films US
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,3253%52-49$25$116,628,20925Weinstein Company
6All Is Lost$1,2477%25-5$50$6,248,61416Roadside Attractions
7Out of the Furnace$910-19%36-38$25$11,329,8719Relativity Media
8Love Is in the Air$361-8%6--$60$6,0701Focus World