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. 12 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1RoboCop (2014)$2,808,698--3,372--$833$2,808,6980Sony / Columbia
2The LEGO Movie$2,186,224-30%3,775--$579$77,861,6711Warner Bros.
3The Monuments Men$1,448,647-29%3,083--$470$27,123,0251Sony / Columbia
4Ride Along$429,665-25%2,685-182$160$106,877,0704Universal
5That Awkward Moment$322,049-32%2,8090$115$17,702,1692Focus
6Lone Survivor$310,035-26%2,480-805$125$113,966,5017Universal
7Frozen (2013)$308,635-23%2,460-294$125$369,792,78712Disney
8Labor Day (2013)$240,245-30%2,5840$93$10,948,6682Paramount
9Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$214,821-32%2,139-768$100$45,191,3484Paramount
10American Hustle$207,688-23%1,488-728$140$138,782,8309Sony / Columbia
11The Wolf of Wall Street$182,149-25%1,167-440$156$108,537,9877Paramount
12Vampire Academy$163,129-33%2,676--$61$4,571,2681Weinstein Company
13The Nut Job$147,263-18%3,004-468$49$55,580,4434Open Road
14August: Osage County$144,605-15%1,327-992$109$34,732,1177Weinstein Company
15I, Frankenstein$57,926-58%1,427-1326$41$17,804,4573Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$103,763-5%504-63$206$28,971,38212Weinstein Company
2Nebraska$77,835-13%525-350$148$15,177,95413Paramount Vantage
312 Years a Slave$64,173-34%566-606$113$47,582,66017Fox Searchlight
4Gravity$62,461-64%701-431$89$266,850,23319Warner Bros.
5Her (2013)$57,158-14%457-346$125$22,647,9898Warner Bros.
6Dallas Buyers Club$51,182-20%488-564$105$23,848,51515Focus
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$42,170-39%537-396$79$255,576,2409Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$30,029-39%529-293$57$422,541,07812Lionsgate
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$21,892-21%346-74$63$124,870,7188Paramount
10Devil's Due$16,177-46%299-991$54$15,476,6104Fox
11Inside Llewyn Davis$14,922-16%129-85$116$12,803,49610CBS Films
12The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$13,879-18%242-168$57$57,244,3967Fox
13The Book Thief$10,605-17%135-43$79$20,983,46114Fox
14Grudge Match$10,558-16%341100$31$29,557,3707Warner Bros.
15The Legend Of Hercules$10,372-43%248-350$42$18,435,9315Lionsgate / Summit
16Captain Phillips$9,753-19%182-63$54$106,766,62318Sony / Columbia
17Walking With Dinosaurs$7,733-33%251-72$31$35,234,4228Fox
18Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$5,116-12%103-47$50$32,401,6916Paramount
19Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$5,018-22%197-23$25$119,296,75520Sony / Columbia
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,896-33%115-48$25$52,539,6889Lionsgate
21Free Birds$1,7642%109-26$16$55,573,22615Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 12 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$26,80913%6536$412$623,9013Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$16,289-33%88--$185$393,2351Reliance Entertainment
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,171-32%46-31$69$8,195,94411Weinstein Company
4Gimme Shelter (2014)$2,222-45%76-271$29$1,345,5583Roadside Attractions
5Last Vegas$2,158-2%60-44$36$63,887,39215CBS Films
6Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,55017%1--$1,550$11,4271Rialto Pictures
7All Is Lost$1,513287%12-13$126$6,255,24117Roadside Attractions
8Knights of Badassdom$1,441-45%9-2$160$92,1293eOne Films US
9Love Is in the Air$33036%3-3$110$8,3102Focus World
10At Middleton$196-57%7-13$28$51,0202Anchor Bay / Freestyle
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$126-45%11-41$11$116,631,83826Weinstein Company
12The Pretty One$89-83%1--$89$2,2321Dada Films
13Demi-Soeur$50-51%1--$50$8851Rialto Premieres