Newcomers largely disappointed at the box office this week, paving the way for a repeat from a certain kung fu master.
At #1 again is Kung Fu Panda 3, making $21 million in its second weekend. That's a 49.1 percent decrease from its opening figures, indicating that it's a decent hold with audiences despite being a new low for the franchise as a whole. To date, the threequel has brought in $69 million domestically.
Opening in second is Hail, Caesar! (read our review), the latest film from sibling directors Joel and Ethan Coen. The satirical look at 1950s Hollywood grossed $11.4 million in its first three days, which is the lowest debut for a Coen brothers film opening in 1,500 or more locations. Even though it had a star-studded ensemble and positive reviews, it did not have much pull with the general public. Word-of-mouth from moviegoers was poor, which most likely negatively impacted its commercial prospects as the weekend went on. The chances of Hail, Caesar! turning things around are slim, since interest is not there.
Coming in third is The Revenant with $7.1 million. The Oscar heavyweight continues to chug along and is now up to $149.7 million in the States. With a few weeks remaining until the Academy Awards telecast, older moviegoers should continue to seek it out, raising its impressive totals.
Speaking of impressive totals, Star Wars: The Force Awakens finished in fourth with $6.8 million, increasing its domestic haul to $905.9 million. It is the first film in history to reach that figure and also became the third movie ever to hit $2 billion globally. It's safe to say the new era of Star Wars on film is off to a rousing start.
Rounding out the top five is the new Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Choice, with $6 million. It marks a new low for this "franchise" of sorts. No other Sparks film has debuted to less than $10 million, illustrating that audiences are beginning to tire of the author's formula on the big screen. It may be time to put these to rest and move on.
Opening in sixth is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (read our review), which could muster only $5.2 million during its opening weekend. The film was sunk by a largely negative critical reception, which meant it couldn't break free of its niche market. It was never expected to be a record breaker but these returns have to be disappointing for distributor Screen Gems. The novel the movie's based on is popular, but that didn't translate into blockbuster success.
The Finest Hours comes in at #7 with $4.7 million. The drama is now up to $18.3 million domestically.
Comedy sequel Ride Along 2 came in #8, making $4.5 million in its fourth weekend. The film has now made $77.2 million in the States.
Horror film The Boy is ninth with $4 million, increasing its domestic total to $26.8 million.
Finishing off the top 10 is Dirty Grandpa. The raunchy comedy grossed $4 million over the weekend, raising its intake to $29.3 million domestically.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates -- based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, February 8 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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