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, Jul. 30 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lucy$3,744,140-31%3,173--$1,180$58,052,4951Universal
2Hercules (2014)$2,614,620-31%3,595--$727$39,532,9031Paramount
3Dawn of the Planet of the Apes$1,846,187-26%3,668-301$503$179,020,5643Fox
4Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,369,156-17%3,83913$357$39,860,8762Disney
5The Purge: Anarchy$1,240,940-25%2,85650$435$56,284,2102Universal
6Sex Tape$809,156-22%3,0620$264$29,661,4512Sony / Columbia
7And So It Goes$598,983-22%1,762--$340$6,582,2611Clarius Entertainment
8Transformers: Age of Extinction$585,155-22%2,476-748$236$238,460,7895Paramount
9Tammy$424,152-18%2,562-840$166$79,599,8864Warner Bros. / New Line
10How to Train Your Dragon 2$401,598-18%1,358-811$296$166,992,1497Fox / DreamWorks Animation
1122 Jump Street$360,263-18%1,613-616$223$186,960,6207Sony / Columbia
12Maleficent$305,987-16%1,077-464$284$233,184,6229Disney
13Earth to Echo$238,829-11%1,272-1178$188$36,285,3744Relativity Media
14Begin Again$196,646-10%1,244-58$158$12,921,6015Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$254,574-7%361--$705$3,486,4371Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$222,745-3%10773$2,082$4,843,6893IFC Films
3Wish I Was Here$140,852-9%625557$225$2,320,0322Focus
4The Fluffy Movie$121,808-21%432--$282$1,731,5431Open Road
5America (2014)$114,936-10%760-270$151$13,614,2795Lionsgate
6Kick$108,699-46%177--$614$1,584,6791UTV Motion Pictures
7Chef$98,357-4%405-147$243$27,562,96412Open Road
8The Fault in Our Stars$93,260-10%387-170$241$122,999,2008Fox
9Edge of Tomorrow$72,184-13%353-249$204$97,935,8798Warner Bros.
10Jersey Boys$71,470-15%462-541$155$45,868,7686Warner Bros.
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$57,993-14%289-98$201$231,457,47710Fox
12The LEGO Movie$53,59030%2020$265$257,687,55225Warner Bros.
13Godzilla (2014)$51,636-11%302-24$171$199,870,30011Warner Bros.
14Rio 2$42,897-6%230-26$187$130,805,67216Fox
15Blended$33,522-5%223-62$150$45,707,33210Warner Bros.
16Snowpiercer$31,108-5%149-62$209$3,999,3865RADiUS-TWC
17Neighbors (2014)$26,060-7%208-22$125$149,571,05512Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$66,41721%410$1,620$5,210,05417Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$16,063-3%74-16$217$3,145,2409eOne Films US
3I Origins$12,248-2%7672$161$155,1132Fox Searchlight
4Belle$9,92314%58-34$171$10,604,76813Fox Searchlight
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$6,6812%58-5$115$111,360,86021Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Words and Pictures$4,4716%28--$160$2,124,49210Roadside Attractions
7The Other Woman (2014)$4,047-10%39-21$104$83,877,91414Fox
8Yves Saint Laurent$2,426-20%8-3$303$249,6065Weinstein Company
9Come Back to Me$1,03019%10--$103$7,0471Freestyle Releasing
10God's Not Dead$89915%9-2$100$60,748,93019Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$45814%6-2$76$8,462,02712Clarius Entertainment
12Fed Up$225-33%131$17$1,529,61912RADiUS-TWC
13Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$20048%4-6$50$209,5728RADiUS-TWC
14The Hornet's Nest$20075%1--$200$312,38312Freestyle Releasing
15A Long Way Off$97-50%1--$97$29,2898Moving Visions Entertainment