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 Mon, Apr. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$3,462,915-70%3,9380$879$162,345,9472Disney
2Rio 2$2,667,232-77%3,948--$676$41,995,1011Fox
3Oculus$946,007-64%2,648--$357$12,951,4091Relativity Media
4Draft Day$873,151-64%2,781--$314$10,656,7541Lionsgate / Summit
5Noah$709,275-69%3,282-289$216$85,684,5173Paramount
6Divergent$669,283-65%3,110-521$215$125,426,7364Lionsgate / Summit
7God's Not Dead$561,848-69%1,860102$302$41,459,8384Freestyle / Pure Flix
8The Grand Budapest Hotel$412,576-61%1,467204$281$39,901,3766Fox Searchlight
9Muppets Most Wanted$250,365-65%2,261-791$111$46,003,3564Disney
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$203,187-64%2,001-930$102$105,465,9696Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$72,390-61%762-962$95$89,526,9207Universal
2Bad Words$67,907-54%763-311$89$7,194,2495Focus
3The LEGO Movie$58,005-65%610-740$95$251,618,80910Warner Bros.
4Need For Speed$56,563-64%613-1166$92$42,133,1245Disney / DreamWorks
5300: Rise of an Empire$51,797-59%525-1030$99$105,072,6876Warner Bros.
6Sabotage (2014)$50,545-55%751-1735$67$10,120,1143Open Road
7Son of God$45,247-61%905424$50$59,014,8877Fox
8Frozen (2013)$36,445-64%34423$106$399,481,69321Disney
9Cesar Chavez$28,697-71%305-359$94$5,215,0273Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Nut Job$19,268-68%261-24$74$63,818,77313Open Road
11Frankie & Alice$15,733-55%1710$92$607,9532Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
12Ride Along$14,960-61%177-59$85$134,156,49013Universal
13Gravity$14,565-62%202-53$72$273,852,83428Warner Bros.
14Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$6,885-66%135-290$51$15,857,2665Lionsgate
15Philomena$6,581-50%157-40$42$37,581,48121Weinstein Company
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$2,271-70%101-29$22$258,357,62518Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$26,844-39%370$726$476,1522Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Joe (2014)$10,641-66%48--$222$116,5221Roadside Attractions
3Dom Hemingway$8,065-57%4238$192$128,0062Fox Searchlight
4The Unknown Known$8,056-57%80--$101$160,2542RADiUS-TWC
5Cuban Fury$5,824-61%79--$74$62,9291eOne Films US
6The Railway Man$5,642-67%4--$1,411$67,4871Weinstein Company
712 Years a Slave$3,645-62%64-64$57$56,571,48926Fox Searchlight
83 Days to Kill$3,224-64%83-48$39$30,458,6108Relativity Media
9Ernest & Celestine$2,846-69%3915$73$215,0257GKIDS
10Gloria (2014)$2,609-39%247$109$2,067,30612Roadside Attractions
11Her (2013)$2,595-44%38-47$68$25,558,66017Warner Bros.
12Dallas Buyers Club$1,529-70%33-19$46$27,273,67424Focus
13Veronica Mars$1,227-45%23-51$53$3,311,0585Warner Bros.
14August: Osage County$991-49%27-15$37$37,719,07416Weinstein Company
15Watermark$496-74%31$165$20,7102eOne Films US
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$46-75%1-1$46$29,44310Rialto Pictures