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 Fri, Jul. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge: Anarchy$13,006,545--2,806--$4,635$13,006,5451Universal
2Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$10,420,76779%3,9692$2,626$113,373,6112Fox
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$6,368,061--3,826--$1,664$6,368,0611Disney
4Sex Tape$5,670,011--3,062--$1,852$5,670,0111Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$2,793,23059%3,224-689$866$219,950,1184Paramount
6Tammy$2,294,91676%3,402-63$675$65,943,0123Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$1,420,74784%2,229-582$637$177,229,8586Sony / Columbia
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,087,69921%2,169-716$501$157,959,5946Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Earth to Echo$1,019,74625%2,450-780$416$29,739,0603Relativity Media
10Maleficent$966,91267%1,541-536$627$226,032,1478Disney
11Begin Again$743,454133%1,302363$571$7,469,1204Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$504,76248%1,030-75$490$10,248,4584Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$492,1207%1,491-1558$330$28,175,8703Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$313,5012%1,003-965$313$43,547,2215Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man Too$343,68172%628-603$547$63,208,0085Sony / Screen Gems
2Edge of Tomorrow$320,41451%602-501$532$95,835,0647Warner Bros.
3Chef$270,10275%552-149$489$25,081,78711Open Road
4The Fault in Our Stars$258,26210%557-445$464$121,041,3407Fox
5X-Men: Days of Future Past$197,65749%387-268$511$229,972,3199Fox
6Godzilla (2014)$147,471308%32623$452$198,652,26310Warner Bros.
7Snowpiercer$126,26842%211-145$598$3,127,6914RADiUS-TWC
8Rio 2$92,98926%256-29$363$130,028,97715Fox
9Blended$85,18758%285-50$299$45,022,2379Warner Bros.
10Neighbors (2014)$74,75047%230-37$325$148,914,80511Universal
11The Amazing Spider-Man 2$67,979--218-57$312$201,915,07312Sony / Columbia
12Heaven is for Real$36,740--149-24$247$90,989,07214Sony / TriStar
13The LEGO Movie$14,858-41%202-148$74$257,457,39924Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wish I Was Here$150,266--68--$2,210$150,2661Focus
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$51,931-14%410$1,267$4,511,05916Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Grand Seduction$31,65035%90-2$352$2,843,3588eOne Films US
4Belle$28,16231%92-15$306$10,365,84612Fox Searchlight
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$13,56041%46-17$295$58,904,20420Fox Searchlight
6The Other Woman (2014)$11,5306%60-36$192$83,796,74513Fox
7Words and Pictures$9,84851%33-7$298$2,026,9289Roadside Attractions
8I Origins$9,530--4--$2,383$9,5301Fox Searchlight
9Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,048-19%63-15$112$111,274,75620Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Yves Saint Laurent$6,74215%11-3$613$191,4884Weinstein Company
11Fed Up$2,63743%12-8$220$1,512,56311RADiUS-TWC
12God's Not Dead$1,734-35%11-14$158$60,733,18318Freestyle / Pure Flix
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$1,155904%104$116$204,0887RADiUS-TWC
14Godzilla: The Japanese Original$819-12%1--$819$146,41814Rialto Pictures
15Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$222-49%8-2$28$8,458,34111Clarius Entertainment
16The Hornet's Nest$97-6%1-1$97$310,82511Freestyle Releasing