DreamWorks’ animated sequel “Kung Fu Panda 3” is vanquishing its competition at the domestic box office this weekend, outstripping other new releases including “The Finest Hours” and “Fifty Shades of Black” with ease, according to studio estimates.
The Jack Black starrer took in $10 million on Friday, forecasting a three-day total of $40 million from 3,955 locations. Friday estimates had suggested the pic would gross as much as $45 million in its debut.
Po the Panda isn’t the only hero at the multiplex. Disney’s “The Finest Hours,” which follows the courageous Coast Guard rescue mission of 1952, generated $3.3 million on Friday, portending a weekend haul of $9.5 million. The Chris Pine starrer unspools in 3,143 locations.
Also new to theaters this weekend is “Fifty Shades of Black,” a Wayans spoof of racy box office smash “Fifty Shades of Grey.” It pulled in $2.2 million on Friday, so expect a weekend total around $6 million from 2,075 locations. Marlon Wayans stars in the Open Road release.
Holdovers “The Revenant” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” continue to do big business, this weekend coming in at No. 2 and No. 3 behind “Panda.” “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, should pull in $11 million this weekend (its sixth frame) from 3,330 locations, pushing its total domestic cume toward $140 million. “Force Awakens” will add $9 million to its cume from 2,556 locations, edging its U.S. total to $895 million.