Grosses

'Kung Fu Panda 3' Remains #1 with $21.0M; 'Hail, Caesar!' Debuts in Second with $11.4M; 'The Force Awakens' Passes $900M After $6.9M Take; 'The Choice' ($6.1M) and 'PPZ' ($5.2M) DisappointFebruary 07, 2016 09:20 AM

by Daniel Garris

Kung Fu Panda 3 continued to comfortably lead the box office with an estimated $21.0 million over Super Bowl weekend. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down a sizable 49 percent from last weekend's debut. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Kung Fu Panda 3 registered the ninth largest Super Bowl weekend performance of all-time. Kung Fu Panda 3 has grossed $69.05 million in ten days of release. That is below expectations and places the film 24 percent behind the $90.73 million ten-day take of last year's Hotel Transylvania 2 (which fell 31.5 percent in its second weekend to gross $33.19 million). With no new family films entering the marketplace next weekend, Kung Fu Panda 3 is likely to hold up very well over the Presidents Day holiday frame.

Universal's Hail, Caesar! debuted in second place with an estimated $11.44 million. The Coen Brothers directed film featuring Josh Brolin and George Clooney opened in line with pre-release expectations, which were kept in check a bit by the film's relatively modest location count and its Super Bowl weekend launch. Compared to previous collaborations between The Coen Brothers and Clooney, Hail, Caesar debuted 40 percent below the $19.13 million opening of 2008's Burn After Reading and instead opened more in line with the $12.53 million start of 2003's Intolerable Cruelty. Normally Hail, Caesar! would be a prime candidate for strong holding power (especially after opening against the Super Bowl), but that may not ultimately be the case for the film going forward given both its poor C- rating on CinemaScore and 48 percent current audience score on Flixster.

Fox's The Revenant claimed third place with an estimated $7.1 million. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed western starring Leonardo DiCaprio fell a respectable 44 percent from last weekend. The Revenant is now on the verge of crossing the $150 million mark with $149.70 million after 31 days of wide release (and an additional two weeks of platform release). The film is currently running an impressive 29 percent ahead of the $115.75 million 31-day take of 2010's Shutter Island.

Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens placed in fourth with an estimated $6.89 million. In the process, the seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise surpassed the $900 million domestic mark, making it the first film ever to do so without taking into account ticket price inflation. The 52-day total for The Force Awakens stands at a massive $905.96 million. When adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Force Awakens ranks as the ninth highest grossing film on the all-time adjusted domestic list. The Force Awakens was down 38 percent from last weekend, which represented the weekend's strongest percentage hold among wide releases. Star Wars: The Force Awakens also passed the $2 billion global mark this weekend, making it just the third film ever to do so (joining 2009's Avatar and 1997's Titanic).

Lionsgate's The Choice rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $6.09 million. The Nicolas Sparks adaptation starring Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer debuted below its already modest expectations and delivered the smallest opening weekend take ever for a Sparks adaptation. The Choice opened 39 percent softer than the $10.00 million start of 2014's The Best of Me, which previously represented the softest opening weekend performance for a Sparks adaptation. Given the performances of The Best of Me, last year's The Longest Ride and now The Choice, it's clear that Sparks adaptations aren't anywhere near as popular as they were only a few years ago. On a positive note, The Choice did receive a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore (which represented the strongest score among this weekend's three new releases), and currently has a 64 percent audience score on Flixster. The Choice is also likely to receive some help next weekend from Valentine's Day.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies followed in sixth place with an even more disappointing estimated debut of $5.20 million. The horror romance hybrid from Sony and Screen Gems had been widely expected to get off to a stronger start thanks in part to the fanbase of the 2009 Seth Grahame-Smith novel the film was adapted from. Ultimately audiences clearly weren't interested, as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies opened a very underwhelming 68 percent below the $16.31 million start of 2012's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (which was also adapted from a Seth Grahame-Smith novel). Reaction to the film also appears to be underwhelming as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies received a B- rating on CinemaScore and has a current audience score of 62 percent on Flixster.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Feb. 17 - Sun, Feb. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$23,969,280-40%3,1212$7,680$78,238,8952Universal
2The Vow$23,600,000-43%2,9580$7,978$85,526,8372Sony / Screen Gems
3Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$22,000,000--3,174--$6,931$22,000,0001Sony / Columbia
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$20,085,000-27%3,50030$5,739$53,201,3422Warner Bros. / New Line
5This Means War$17,550,000--3,189--$5,503$19,159,8051Fox
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7,865,000-65%2,6550$2,962$33,738,2352Fox
7Chronicle$7,500,000-38%2,556-352$2,934$50,979,4263Fox
8The Woman in Black$6,645,000-34%2,559-297$2,597$45,255,6183CBS Films
9The Secret World of Arrietty$6,375,000--1,522--$4,189$6,375,0001Disney
10The Grey$3,031,454-40%2,107-694$1,439$47,924,5134Open Road
11The Descendants$2,925,000-15%1,243-338$2,353$75,007,77014Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$2,132,370-46%1,634-499$1,305$16,575,8653Universal
13Red Tails$1,415,000-41%1,009-571$1,402$47,531,5365Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$2,325,0004%8080$2,877$27,423,95913Weinstein Company
2Hugo$1,625,000-8%558-144$2,912$66,711,12413Paramount
3Underworld Awakening$1,100,000-56%826-831$1,332$61,343,8015Sony / Screen Gems
4The Iron Lady$1,034,000-11%623111$1,660$24,393,7868Weinstein Company
5One For the Money$775,000-66%933-1123$831$25,451,2094Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$640,000-57%577-798$1,109$30,642,9779Warner Bros.
7Contraband$516,000-59%420-661$1,229$65,742,0206Universal
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$500,000-7%400-102$1,250$129,688,49510Fox
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$488,000-31%275-194$1,775$207,301,42310Paramount
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$475,922-13%184-48$2,587$22,678,76911Focus
11The Adventures of Tintin$400,00018%30346$1,320$76,401,3169Paramount
12Man on a Ledge$323,000-75%401-1022$805$18,368,9484Lionsgate
13Albert Nobbs$191,350-30%119-32$1,608$2,355,9144Roadside Attractions
14My Week with Marilyn$179,000-14%120-5$1,492$13,624,11713Weinstein Company
15Puss in Boots (2011)$165,000-24%163-46$1,012$148,975,97617Paramount / DreamWorks
16The Darkest Hour$92,0001237%11395$814$21,313,0059Summit
17The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$59,000-65%148-82$399$281,272,34514Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$335,02126%549$6,204$2,051,7738Sony Pictures Classics
2Thin Ice$190,800--53--$3,600$190,8001IDP/ATO Pictures
3A Dangerous Method$167,776-18%96-11$1,748$5,187,27913Sony Pictures Classics
4In Darkness$77,193182%1411$5,514$137,1562Sony Pictures Classics
5We Need to Talk About Kevin$64,112-24%160$4,007$597,70111Oscilloscope
6W.E.$50,039-16%203$2,502$203,9693Weinstein Company
7Rampart$49,593-18%2823$1,771$134,0132Millennium Entertainment
8Coriolanus$37,36520%132$2,874$320,1155Weinstein Company
9Bullhead$33,600--7--$4,800$33,6001Drafthouse Films
10Undefeated$30,875--5--$6,175$30,8751Weinstein Company
11Carnage (2011)$29,477-28%35-1$842$2,416,33610Sony Pictures Classics
12Chico & Rita$26,60329%54$5,321$56,1702GKIDS
13Pariah (2011)$20,075-14%130$1,544$687,3408Focus
14An Inconsistent Truth$5,302-28%31$1,767$52,7564Rocky Mountain Pictures