Box Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Easily Earns No. 1 Spot
It was a cakewalk for Kung Fu Panda 3, as the Dreamworks animated film soared to the top of the weekend box office.
Kung Fu Panda 3 earned an estimated $41 million to come in at No. 1. Although this is less than the $47.7 million debut for Kung Fu Panda 2, the franchise has been on the shelf for five years. However, that five-year hiatus didn’t hurt the franchise one bit in China, where it opened to a record-breaking $58.3 million, the highest-grossing debut of all-time for an animated film in the country. Considering this is a U.S.-China co-production, this is great news and not entirely unexpected. All told, Kung Fu Panda 3 has earned $75.7 million in foreign gross, to bring its debut weekend to $116.7 million worldwide. Costing $145 million to make, the movie is well on its way to turning a profit.
But not every new film this weekend saw record profits. In fact, it was a bit of a rough struggle if you were a new film other than Kung Fu Panda 3.
Disney’s high-seas disaster epic The Finest Hours, starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck, opened to a disappointing $10.1 million. The film, which cost $70 million to make, finished at No. 4 just behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which continues to perform exceptionally well as it nears two full months in theaters. So at least Disney has something to be happy about here, even if it is disappointing to see a new movie outperformed by a film that’s over a month old. But hey, when that month-old movie is a new Star Wars, it’s kind of hard to be all that surprised.
What wasn’t surprising, of course, was the unfortunate opening for the poorly-marketed Marlon Wayans parody Fifty Shades of Black. The comedy damn near missed the top 10 altogether, coming in at No. 9 with a tepid $6.2 million. Then again, that really isn’t too bad for a movie that only cost $5 million to produce. Hell, for all we know, this movie could find a whole new audience on home video and streaming, as some ignored comedies tend to do. So Fifty Shades of Black could end up turning a nifty profit for Open Road Films, against all odds.
But the news was far less positive for Natalie Portman, who suffered the worst opening of her career with director Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got a Gun. The movie, which co-stars Joel Edgerton and Ewan McGregor, cost $25 million to make, but only grossed $830,000. Of course, one mitigating factor here is that the film is only being released thanks to a service deal between The Weinstein Company and the film’s producers, who had the film taken off of Relativity Media’s schedule last year. Apparently, the film was supposed to hit theaters last summer, but due to Relativity coming face-to-face with bankruptcy, the film was pulled. It’s a shame that the film hasn’t really gotten any attention, since I like a lot of the talent involved in it, such as Portman, Edgerton and McGregor. But I guess it’s hard to really find an audience when a film doesn’t really get marketed.
As for the rest of this weekend’s list, The Revenant beefed up its box office resume by coming in at No. 2 with $12.4 million, below Kung Fu Panda 3 but above Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Meanwhile, Ride Along 2 rounded out the Top 5, earning $8.3 million, coming in just below The Finest Hours.
But how did the rest of the movies do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 02/01/2016
1. Kung Fu Panda 3 ($41 million)
2. The Revenant ($12.4 million)
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($10.8 million)
4. The Finest Hours ($10.3 million)
5. Ride Along 2 ($8.3 million)
6. The Boy ($7.9 million)
7. Dirty Grandpa ($7.6 million)
8. The 5th Wave ($7 million)
9. Fifty Shades of Black ($6.1 million)
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi ($6 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to in the future? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on the weekend in film, relive the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards with the list of winners and videos of acceptance speeches!