Weekend Box Office

Kung Fu Panda 3 beat out all competitors at the weekend’s box office, grossing $41.28 million. Its weekend performance has made it the third biggest January release ever, unadjusted for inflation, only behind Ride Along ($41.52 million) and American Sniper ($89.27 million). However, the three-quel did open below expectations and 13% below the $47.66 million opening of Kung Fu Panda 2 in 2011. Even with a softer-than-expected opening, the film should hold strong over the next few weeks due to its positive reception and the lack of animated features.

Coming in at a distant second place is another film that features a bear in action. The Revenant took in $12.78 million. The film continues to hold strong as we delve further into awards season. Its current domestic total is at $138.55 million.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still strong in the box office force, grossing $11.12 million over the weekend. Its current domestic total is at $895.76 million. It’s less than $5 million away from becoming the first ever film to reach $900 million domestically, and it will probably claim that honor by the end of the week.

The Finest Hours, the new Chris Pine film that your family doesn’t know about, took fourth place with $10.29 million. Jokes aside, it actually opened higher than its relatively low expectations. It’s a soft opening, but it should hold alright over the next couple weeks.

Ride Along 2 grossed $8.43 million this weekend, bringing its domestic total up to $70.78 million.

Overseas Numbers

Kung Fu Panda 3 really hit overseas, bringing in $75.7 million from 6 territories. $58.30 million of that overseas weekend gross came from China alone, which makes it the biggest opening for an animated feature ever in that country. Its worldwide total is at $117.00 million.

Prediction Time!

  1. Hail, Caesar!
  2. Kung Fu Panda 3
  3. The Choice
  4. The Revenant
  5. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Source: BoxOffice.com
Featured Image: 20th Century Fox