Box Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Pummels ‘The Choice,’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’

Box Office: 'Kung Fu Panda 3'
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Animated Jack Black romp “Kung Fu Panda 3” is ruling the box office for a second straight weekend, steamrolling new releases “Hail, Caesar!,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “The Choice” on its way to a three-day haul of $22 million.

Unspooling in 3,987 locations, DreamWorks Animation’s “Panda” should finish the weekend with a total domestic gross of up to $70 million. It generated $5.3 million in Friday receipts. The original “Kung Fu Panda” took in a U.S. total of $215 million when it hit theaters in 2008, and its sequel tallied $165 million in 2011. This chapter of Po the Panda’s story, rated PG and distributed by Fox, also stars Kate Hudson and Bryan Cranston.

Behind “Panda” is the latest from the Coen brothers, “Hail, Caesar!,” which took in $4.3 million Friday from 2,232 locations. The Universal release should finish the weekend with up to $12 million for its opening frame. George Clooney, Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson star in the comedy about at 1950s Hollywood fixer.

In third and fourth place for the weekend are unsinkable holdovers “The Revenant” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” each set to pull in about $6 million for the weekend.

Lionsgate’s romantic drama “The Choice,” based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, pulled in $2.5 million on Friday from 2,631 locations, portending and opening weekend haul between $5 million and $6 million. Benjamin Walker and Theresa Palmer star in the tearjerker, which has been panned by critics.

Jane Austen mash-up “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” another newcomer this weekend, scared up $2 million on Friday from 2,931 locations. The undead-infested period piece should rack up a three-day total of $5 million. Distributed by Sony and financed by Cross Creek Pictures, “PPZ” stars Lily James as a Shaolin combat-trained Elizabeth Bennet.

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  1. Pram Hauix says:

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  2. THE BIG SHORTage of quality films says:

    Another weekend of weak new releases. Looks like it’s up to the holdovers to yet again hold up the box office. Although, SUPERBOWL 50, like BLIZZARD JONAS, will thoroughly decimate Sunday’s box office across the country as familes gather for a day of SUPERBOWL related festivals and parties. Wow. Just when I thought 50 Shades of BLACK would be one of the worst wide releases this year, no less than a week later comes PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND ZOMBIES. PATHETIC.

  3. stu freeman says:

    Is there finally an end in sight to Nicholas Sparks adaptations? When you don’t care enough about the quality of a movie to sign up some name actors and a director with a track record you’re relying solely on the name of the novelist to sell the film. Not good enough and the public knows it. Also, is there an end in sight to zombie movies? Here, too, quality counts for something.

  4. Willy T Ribbs says:

    George Clooney IS NOT FUNNY.

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