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NORTH AMERICA: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Remains #1 on Monday with $1.75M; 'The Revenant' #2 with $0.96M; 'The Force Awakens' #3 with $0.78M; 'The Finest Hours' #4 with $0.76M on February 02, 2016

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By Daniel Garris

Kung Fu Panda 3 took in $1.75M on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation declined 86 percent from Sunday's performance. Kung Fu Panda 3 has grossed $43.03 million in four days of release. The film is running a bit below expectations and 15 percent behind the $50.80 million four-day start of last year's Hotel Transylvania 2 (which fell 84 percent on its first Monday to gross $2.34 million). With no new family films going into wide release during the month of February, Kung Fu Panda 3 will have a strong chance of holding up well going forward.

Fellow Fox release The Revenant placed in second with $0.961 million. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed western starring Leonardo DiCaprio was down 74 percent from Sunday and down a solid 35 percent from last Monday. The Revenant continues to exceed expectations with $139.51 million after 25 days of wide release (and an additional two weeks of platform release). The film is currently running an impressive 28 percent ahead of the $108.81 million 25-day take of 2010's Shutter Island.

Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens claimed third place with $0.781 million. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise fell 78 percent from Sunday and 40 percent from last Monday. With a record-breaking 46-day gross of $896.54 million, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now just $3.46 million away from becoming the first film ever to reach the $900 million unadjusted domestic mark.

Fellow Disney release The Finest Hours followed closely behind in fourth with $0.761 million. The 3D action drama starring Chris Pine was down 71 percent from Sunday. The Finest Hours has grossed $11.05 million in four days. While that is towards the higher end of the film's modest expectations, The Finest Hours is performing softly with its price tag in mind. The Finest Hours is running 9 percent behind the recent $12.11 million four-day start of In the Heart of the Sea.

Lionsgate's Dirty Grandpa rounded out Monday's top five with $0.571 million. The R-rated comedy starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron declined 72 percent from Sunday and 38 percent from last Monday. Dirty Grandpa has grossed $23.41 million in eleven days. That places the film 33 percent behind the $35.02 million eleven-day take of 2013's Last Vegas.

Meanwhile, Open Road's Fifty Shades of Black continued to disappoint with a tenth place take of $0.368 million. The Marlon Wayans led R-rated comedy was down 71 percent from Sunday. Fifty Shades of Black has grossed just $6.27 million in four days. The film is running a very underwhelming 34 percent behind the $9.51 million four-day start of 2014's A Haunted House 2.

Box Office Break Down: 'Kung Fu' Stronger Than The Rest on February 02, 2016

Box Office Break Down is a New Column Looking Over the Past Weekend's Numbers and Predictions from BoxOffice.com and Moviepilot. 

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By Alex Edghill

Kung Fu Panda 3 topped the box office this past weekend with an estimated $41 million, besting the aging Revenant which was relegated to second place and $12.4 million. In fact, the Panda grossed as much as the rest of the top 5 films combined and its $10,367 per theater average was also tops and miles ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which sat in second in the category with a $4,218 average. Both BoxOffice (predicted $51 million) and Moviepilot (predicted $47 million) were a tad high in their predictions for the Panda's third outing. While this was the lowest opening number in the Kung Fu Panda series (and the second successive decline) one has to consider that January is not typically a month rife with huge openers, and its $41 million estimate puts it in third place all time for the month. 

Word of mouth has been exceedingly strong for Panda, receiving an A grade from CinemaScore and its Rotten Tomatoes rating being 79% fresh so far. BoxOffice's Twitter numbers for Kung Fu Panda 3 were stellar through its opening weekend, seeing growth everyday from Friday through to Sunday, exceedingly rare amongst wide releases. Only 4 wide release films in the past year have managed to accomplish that feat: American Sniper, Kingsman: The Secret Service, War Room and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip: each of which had very leggy runs at the box office. When looking at the release week's overall Twitter numbers, however, Moviepilot notes that Kung Fu Panda 3 received half as many mentions as last year's Home (52.1M Opening Weekend), Spongebob Squarepants: The Movie ($55M Opening Weekend), and How to Train Your Dragon 2 ($49M Opening Weekend). 

The period coast guard thriller The Finest Hours opened in fourth place with $10.3 million. BoxOffice and Moviepilot just about nailed the opening with their predictions of $9 million and $9.2 million respectively. This was the lowest opening of Chris Pine's career for films in over 3,000 theatres (9 films total). While its CinemaScore was strong at A- and it had a fresh Rotten Tomatoes grade of 61% its marketing campaign never really caught on with moviegoers as was evident by its lackluster Twitter and Facebook performances. It didn't even have 40,000 likes before its release on Facebook which hinted at it missing the boat completely with younger audiences. Twitter had lackluster totals as well with its highpoint on Friday of just over 5,500 tweets being a far cry for other similar targeted films such as 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi which had over 26,000 tweets on opening day. Moviepilot's search data reveals that the film came up with only two thirds of the figures for Chris Pine's star-turn in Jack Ryan, indicating lower interest in the actor from older audiences. The lone bright spot here is that the film had a very solid CinemaScore, a fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating and its Twitter positive to negative ratios were the best of the new openers (even that of Kung Fu Panda 3). 

50 Shades Of Black flopped to the tune of 9th place on the weekend and $6.2 million. The Marlon Wayans spoof of 50 Shades Of Grey never really took off, its Twitter numbers were even below that of The Finest Hours and considering that its target audiences was much younger this was bad news from the outset. Moviepilot notes the film amassed less than half of the Twitter mentions as Marlon Wayans's previous spoof, A Haunted House 2, indicating lower buzz from fans among young people.

Facebook was equally disappointing with only ~150k likes by release day. To put that into perspective, A Haunted House had over six times the Twitter traffic on its opening weekend and three times the likes. YouTube views also came up short according to Moviepilot, 2.2 million against AHH2's 5.3 million. It's possible the Pro Bowl and other football and basketball sporting events kept eyes from target audiences away from this one. Moviepilot anticipated a stronger connective tissue from box office sensation Fifty Shades of Grey --but that didn't pan out.

While it was never going to be a critical darling, its CinemaScore was tied for worst on the year with a C and its Twitter positive to negative ratio was indeed worst on the year for wide releases at 4:1. The writing was on the wall that it was not going to be making it anywhere near to the $18 million that A Haunted House made but was just a question of how low it would slide. BoxOffice had predicted $8.5 million on the weekend while Moviepilot had gone a bit higher with a $12.5 million total. 

NORTH AMERICA: Weekend Actuals: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Leads with $41.3M Debut; 'The Revenant' ($12.8M) & 'The Force Awakens' ($11.1M) Both Hold Strong; 'The Finest Hours' Soft with $10.3M; 'Fifty Shades of Black' Flops with $5.9M on February 01, 2016

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By Daniel Garris

Kung Fu Panda 3 easily led the box office this weekend with $41.28 million. However, the 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation opened below expectations, which had been boosted a bit as a result of strong online pre-sales heading into the weekend. Kung Fu Panda 3 debuted 21 percent below the $52.11 million debut of last year's Home and 13 percent below the $47.66 million opening weekend take of 2011's Kung Fu Panda 2 (which was deflated a bit from opening on a Thursday). Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Kung Fu Panda 3 did register the third largest January debut of all time (behind only American Sniper and Ride Along).

Kung Fu Panda 3 opened with $10.45 million on Friday, was up a strong 74 percent on Saturday to gross $18.16 million and declined 30 percent on Sunday to gross $12.67 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.95 to 1. With no new family films going into wide release during the month of February, Kung Fu Panda 3 will have a strong chance of holding up well going forward. The film's strong A rating on CinemaScore is a good sign for Kung Fu Panda 3 going forward as well.

Fellow Fox release The Revenant placed in a distant second with $12.78 million. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed western starring Leonardo DiCaprio was down a slim 20 percent, as holdovers in general benefited this weekend from last weekend's grosses being deflated by both Winter Storm Jonas and last Sunday's NFL Conference Championship Games. The Revenant continues to exceed expectations with $138.55 million after 24 days of wide release (and an additional two weeks of platform release). The film is currently running an impressive 28 percent ahead of the $108.01 million 24-day take of 2010's Shutter Island.

Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens claimed third place with $11.12 million. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise was down just 21 percent from last weekend's deflated performance. This weekend's hold was especially impressive given that The Force Awakens was playing in 809 fewer locations this weekend than it was last weekend. With a record-breaking 45-day gross of $895.76 million, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now just $4.24 million away from becoming the first film ever to reach the $900 million unadjusted domestic mark.

Fellow Disney release The Finest Hours followed closely behind in fourth place with a $10.29 million debut. The 3D action drama starring Chris Pine debuted towards the higher end of its modest expectations, but performed softly with its price tag in mind. The Finest Hours opened 7 percent below the recent $11.05 million debut of In the Heart of the Sea. However, The Finest Hours is likely to hold up significantly better than In the Heart of the Sea did, thanks in part to not opening the weekend before The Force Awakens. The Finest Hours received a healthy A- rating on CinemaScore.

Ride Along 2 rounded out the weekend's top five with $8.43 million. Universal's PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart was down 32 percent, as the film held up much better this weekend than it did last weekend. Ride Along 2 has grossed $70.86 million in 17 days. That is below expectations and places the film 24 percent behind the $92.70 million 17-day take of 2014's Ride Along (which fell 43.5 percent in its third weekend to gross $12.04 million).

Last weekend's three new wide releases all held up nicely this weekend and all three films remained fairly bunched together. Lionsgate's Dirty Grandpa declined 32 percent to take sixth with $7.59 million; STX Entertainment's The Boy was down just 30 percent to place in seventh with $7.56 million and Sony's The 5th Wave decreased 31 percent to land in eighth place with $7.14 million. Respective ten-day grosses stand at $22.84 million for Dirty Grandpa, at $21.19 million for The Boy and at $20.33 million for The 5th Wave.

Meanwhile, Open Road's Fifty Shades of Black disappointed this weekend with a tenth place start of just $5.90 million. The Marlon Wayans led R-rated comedy debuted below its already scaled back expectations and a very underwhelming 33 percent below the $8.84 million start of 2014's A Haunted House 2. Given the performances of Wayans' more recent films, Fifty Shades of Black is likely to fall off extremely quickly going forward. The film's lackluster C rating on CinemaScore won't do it any favors either.

GLOBAL REPORT: 'Kung Fu Panda' Rolls Over Competition in China and US, but DreamWorks Criticized Over Release Date Snafu on January 31, 2016

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Kung Fu Panda 3 won the international box office with plus-sized victories in the world’s two largest film industries — the US where it bowed to an estimated $41.0 million and China where it opened to the largest opening weekend for an animated film with $58.3 million. In total, the threequel grabbed $75.7 million from 6 overseas markets.

China’s haul is impressive on paper, but many in the industry had predicted a much larger debut and DreamWorks Animation has been criticized in the local press for its choice of release date. Most Chinese travel home the weekend before the Lunar New Year and parents are too busy preparing for the holiday or visiting relatives to accompany their children to the cinema. Three potential blockbuster local films will open next Monday giving Panda a limited amount of time to run up its numbers.

South Korea opened to $11.4 million while Russia scored $5.1 million in its debut. Most territories will see openings in march.

The Revenant earned $24.3 million on 7,363 screens across 61 overseas markets, lifting its international total to $136.5 million and its worldwide total to $274.8 million. Top territories this weekend were UK/Ireland ($3.3M/$23.5M cume), Germany ($2.7M/$18.8M cume), Mexico ($2.1M/$9.1M cume), Italy ($2.1M/$12.1M cume), and South Korea ($1.4M/$12.7M cume). Openers this weekend include Holland ($1.2M), Belgium ($0.92M), Argentina ($0.9M), Sweden ($0.9M), Poland ($0.4M), Finland ($0.3M), Slovenia ($0.063M), Venezuela ($0.041M), and Lithuania ($0.032M).

Rolling into 6 new markets including Mexico ($1.7M on par with The Maze Runner and Divergent openings) and France ($2.4M on par with The Maze Runner), The 5th Wave grossed $13.0 million in 66 total overseas markets. Top market performances to date include Australia ($4.4M), Brazil ($3.4M), Russia ($3.1M), Germany ($2.8M), Malaysia ($2.3M), Spain ($2.3M), and the Philippines ($1.7M). The YA film has only grossed $45.1 million overseas and $65.3 million worldwide. Italy opens next weekend. 

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip drove off with $12.8 million this frame. China had a 6-day $4.8 million opening. The sequel’s overseas total is $69.5 million and it has grossed $152.7 million worldwide.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens posted an estimated $12.6 million in its seventh weekend of overseas release from all territories worldwide. The film has grossed $83.3 million in Japan where it is the #1 Western release for the 7th consecutive weekend. Other top territories are: UK/Ireland ($176.4M), China ($121.1M), Germany ($106.1M), and France ($86.3M).

Creed grossed an estimated $7.5 million this weekend in 42 markets, bringing the overseas cume to $51.7 million and the global total to $160.4 million. Spain opened in first with $1.6 million while Mexico’s debut outperformed Rocky Balboa by 4% with $1.0 million. 

The Big Short grossed $6.8 million from 57 markets. Strong holdover territories include UK/Ireland ($1.4M/$4.3M cume), South Korea ($683K/$2.3M cume), Spain ($655K, $2.1M cume), Australia ($599K, $3.7M cume), and Venezuela ($510K/$1.5M cume).

Daddy’s Home opened this weekend in first place in Mexico with $2.1 million and in fourth place in Brazil with $767K. The Mark Wahlberg/Will Ferrell comedy grossed $6.4 million from 50 total overseas markets, bringing the international total to $67.6 million and the global tally to $210.6 million. Next week sees an opening in Venezuela. 

Ride Along 2 opened in several new territories this weekend including Sweden ($211K), Norway ($161K), German-Switzerland ($214K), Panama ($150K), and Peru ($127K). The buddy cop’s $5.1 million overseas weekend pushed the early international box office total to $17.8 million and the worldwide box office to $88.6 million. The Netherlands opens next weekend on February 4.

The Danish Girl expanded into 7 overseas markets for $2.7 million total this weekend with Russia ($95K) and New Zealand ($84K) leading the pack. The romantic drama has grossed $24.2 million overseas and $34.5 million worldwide. It opens next weekend in 9 territories including Denmark.

Joy mopped up $2.6 million taking its overseas cume to $39.8 million. Italy opened with $1.3 million on 323 screens. David O. Russell’s film has earned $95.1 million worldwide.

The Peanuts Movie picked up another $2.4 million from 31 holdover markets this weekend. The animation has earned $112.8 million overseas and $242.7 million worldwide. Top markets are UK ($14.3M), Germany ($9.2M), Brazil ($6.7M), and Australia ($5.6M).

Goosebumps pulled in an estimated $2.1 million from 13 total markets this weekend. The overseas total is now $54.7 million and the worldwide gross is $135.8 million. Spain claimed the #2 spot with $1.1 million from 350 screens. Germany, the UK, and France open next weekend.

Films earning less than $2 million overseas this weekend and local language films

The Finest Hours

Overseas Weekend: $1.6M

Overseas Total: $1.6M

Global Total: $11.9M

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Overseas Weekend: $1.5M

Overseas Total: $1.5M

Global Total $44.1M

Point Break

Overseas Weekend: $1.1M

Overseas Total $87.9M

Global Total: $116.2M

Sisters

Overseas Weekend: $0.86M

Overseas Total: $15.1M

Global Total: $101.2M

Room

Overseas Weekend: $0.14M

Overseas Total: $0.41M

Global Total: $10.3M

L’Abbiamo Fatto Grosso (Italy)

Overseas Weekend: $3.8M

 

Overseas Total: $3.8M

NORTH AMERICA: Platform Watch: Best Picture Nominees 'The Big Short' ($3.00M), 'Brooklyn' ($1.72M), 'Room' ($1.22M) & 'Spotlight' ($1.12M) All Hold Well on January 31, 2016

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By Daniel Garris

Academy Award nominees for Best Picture, currently in limited release held up very nicely this weekend.

Paramount's The Big Short took in an estimated $3.00 million from 983 locations, for a per-location average of $3,052. The Adam McKay directed Best Picture nominee was down just 6 percent upon playing in 368 fewer locations this weekend than last weekend. In addition to continuing to benefit from awards season buzz and strong word of mouth, The Big Short (and holdovers in general) also benefited this weekend from last weekend's grosses being deflated by both Winter Storm Jonas and last Sunday's NFL Conference Championship Games. The Big Short passed the $60 million mark this weekend and has grossed $60.90 million in 52 days.

Fox Searchlight's Brooklyn took in an estimated $1.72 million from 748 locations, for a per-location average of $2,293. The John Crowley directed Best Picture nominee starring Saoirse Ronan was essentially unchanged from last weekend's performance, when it was playing in 214 more locations. Brooklyn passed the $30 million mark this weekend and has grossed $30.39 million through 87 days of release.

A24's Room grossed an estimated $1.22 million from 795 locations, for a per-location average of $1,532. The Lenny Abrahamson directed Best Picture nominee starring Brie Larson was down a slim 9 percent from last weekend, when it was playing in 67 more locations. Room is now on the verge of surpassing the $10 million mark with an 108-day take of $9.88 million.

Open Road's Spotlight performed similarly with an estimated $1.12 million from 715 locations, for a per-location average of $1,567. The Tom McCarthy directed Best Picture nominee starring Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo was down 12 percent from last weekend, when it was playing in 315 more locations. The 87-day total for Spotlight stands at $34.69 million.

In other Academy Award related box office news, ShortsHD's The 2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films opened with an estimated $505,000 from 112 locations, for a per-location average of $4,509. That was 21 percent stronger than the $416,850 debut of last year's The 2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films from 118 locations. Last year's collection of Academy Award nominated short films went on to gross $2.41 million during its entire domestic run.

Well Go USA's Ip Man 3 remained strong this weekend with an estimated $503,200 from 115 locations, for a per-location average of $4,376. The third installment of the Donnie Yen led martial arts series was down a solid 36 percent from last weekend's debut. Ip Man 3 has grossed $1.62 million in ten days of release. The film has already easily out-grossed the $205,675 total North America gross of 2011's Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster.

45 Years took in an estimated $472,000 from 94 locations, for a per-location average of $5,021. The critically acclaimed drama from IFC Films' Sundance Selects division, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay was up a terrific 195 percent over last weekend, when the film was playing in 55 fewer locations. 45 Years has grossed $1.25 million in 40 days.

Sony Pictures Classics' The Lady in the Van grossed an estimated $321,972 from 50 locations, for a per-location average of $6,439. The critically acclaimed Nicholas Hytner directed film starring Maggie Smith was up a healthy 84 percent upon expanding into an additional 20 locations this weekend. The Lady in the Van has grossed $743,265 through 17 days (and an additional one-week Oscar qualifying run back in early December).

Also of note this weekend was Rooster Teeth's Lazer Team. The sci-fi action-comedy took in an estimated $114,950 from 35 locations over the weekend, for a per-location average of $3,284. This weekend's performance came on the heels of the film's $1.01 million performance over the Tugg on-demand distribution platform on Wednesday and Thursday. Lazer Team has grossed $1.12 million to date and will receive an expansion next weekend.


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