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 Sun, Apr. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$23,430,665-32%3,938--$5,950$95,023,7211Disney
2Noah$4,930,023-32%3,5714$1,381$72,386,9052Paramount
3Divergent$3,066,149-47%3,631-305$844$114,005,5533Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$2,542,522-15%1,758580$1,446$32,558,1873Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Muppets Most Wanted$1,768,620-38%3,052-142$579$42,002,8083Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,593,939-41%1,263286$1,262$33,195,6575Fox Searchlight
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,478,638-37%2,931-368$504$102,033,3835Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$604,299-27%2,4860$243$8,858,3432Open Road
9Need For Speed$443,486-46%1,779-926$249$40,810,7454Disney / DreamWorks
10Non-Stop (2014)$422,380-48%1,724-791$245$88,104,1206Universal
11The LEGO Movie$412,395-35%1,350-651$305$250,608,5849Warner Bros.
12300: Rise of an Empire$404,092-36%1,555-1046$260$104,023,9265Warner Bros.
13Bad Words$400,901-43%1,074232$373$5,941,6814Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$325,534-12%6640$490$4,598,1722Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Son of God$109,972-8%481-796$229$58,545,2756Fox
3Frozen (2013)$92,841-52%321-66$289$398,938,89020Disney
4Frankie & Alice$89,062-39%171--$521$350,6471Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
5Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$80,800-47%425-714$190$15,659,8284Lionsgate
6The Nut Job$80,233-37%285-9$282$63,506,25212Open Road
7Gravity$68,640-32%255120$269$273,605,31427Warner Bros.
8The Monuments Men$51,952-48%308-193$169$76,974,2949Sony / Columbia
9Ride Along$45,980-46%236-124$195$133,941,07012Universal
10Jinn$37,992-33%201--$189$149,3371Freestyle Releasing
11Philomena$24,341-34%197-5$124$37,470,37020Weinstein Company
12Pompeii$21,620-27%134-28$161$23,091,1277Sony / TriStar
13The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$17,498-32%130-55$135$258,307,30417Warner Bros. / New Line
14Lone Survivor$17,435-42%140-25$125$125,069,69615Universal
1512 Years a Slave$17,360-43%128-100$136$56,501,00125Fox Searchlight
16RoboCop (2014)$15,882-32%118-50$135$57,372,1338Sony / Columbia
173 Days to Kill$15,734-48%131-209$120$30,388,4067Relativity Media
18American Hustle$12,435-49%119-69$104$150,117,80717Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$59,386-17%37--$1,605$188,3071Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$16,665-46%44--$379$69,4471CBS Films
3Ernest & Celestine$11,094-18%2412$462$171,8286GKIDS
4Veronica Mars$9,048-42%74-136$122$3,285,1234Warner Bros.
5Her (2013)$7,988-46%85-25$94$25,523,80616Warner Bros.
6Dallas Buyers Club$7,189-46%52-47$138$27,242,01223Focus
7Dom Hemingway$6,898-47%4--$1,725$38,7281Fox Searchlight
8About Last Night$6,819-44%44-47$155$48,473,6488Sony / Screen Gems
9Gloria (2014)$3,222-35%17-19$190$2,048,26811Roadside Attractions
10August: Osage County$3,017-49%42-39$72$37,699,25615Weinstein Company
11The Players$2,023-32%50--$40$6,6741Weinstein Company
12On the Other Side of the Tracks$1,911-20%50--$38$5,9231Weinstein Company
13Watermark$1,437-49%2--$719$7,7241eOne Films US
14Vampire Academy$735-31%11-13$67$7,791,1469Weinstein Company
15Stalingrad (2014)$5947%10-56$59$1,013,9456Sony / Columbia
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$307-74%31$102$28,1969Rialto Pictures