Kung Fu Panda 3 once again led the box office this weekend, but like its lower-than-expected opening weekend, it’s not as impressive as anyone was hoping or expecting. DreamWorks Animation’s sequel managed to fend off a trio of newcomers, but each of those films disappointed in their own ways, leading to a shrug-worthy top 10 that feels like Hollywood just accepting that everyone is going to be watching the Super Bowl instead of going to the movies.
|1||Kung Fu Panda 3||$21,000,000 (-49.1)||$5,267||$69,050,957|
|3||The Revenant||$7,100,000 (-44.4)||$2,353||$149,703,162|
|4||Star Wars: The Force Awakens||$6,890,000 (-38.0)||$3,046||$905,961,469|
|6||Pride and Prejudice and Zombies||$5,200,000||$1,774||$5,200,000|
|7||The Finest Hours||$4,715,000 (-54.2)||$1,500||$18,380,660|
|8||Ride Along 2||$4,520,000 (-46.4)||$2,081||$77,206,830|
|9||The Boy||$4,098,000 (-45.7)||$1,851||$26,895,684|
|10||Dirty Grandpa||$4,050,000 (-46.6)||$1,578||$29,389,753|
Kung Fu Panda 3 dropped a big 49 percent in its second weekend, cutting an already lackluster opening in half. With $69 million after two weeks, the film shouldn’t have a problem hitting $100 million, but it may find itself struggling after that. Since the second film already took a huge tumble from the first movie’s gross, this may very well spell the end of this series. Maybe. After all, the film is killing overseas (namely in China), which should transform this into a hit no matter what. Watching how the studios respond to this is going to be very interesting indeed.
Second place went to Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail, Caesar!, which opened with a disappointing $11 million. Actually, that number is about average for the Coens, who have only produced a handful of bonafide box office hits (their films tend to be critical darlings above everything else). And yet, many suspected that this star-studded comedy would open bigger thanks to its impressive ensemble cast…before inevitably tumbling in its second week as audiences realized the film isn’t quite as breezy and accessible as the marketing led everyone to believe. The film didn’t cost much so this isn’t disastrous, but it’s certainly nothing worth cheering about.
The Revenant fell to third place, grossing $7 million for a $149 million total. It should continue to play well through the Oscars at the very least, although $200 million seems unlikely. In any case, this is already far more than most pundits expected this film to make, so every extra weekend feels like a victory.
In fourth place, Star Wars: The Force Awakens started to showcase some serious fatigue, grossing $6 million and finally breaking $900 million, which is actually, genuinely astounding. At this rate, it’s unlikely that this one will catch Titanic at the international box office (it most definitely won’t catch Avatar), but with over $2 billion worldwide, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone complaining too much.
Fifth and sixth place bring us to the other two new releases of the week: The Choice and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, both of which flopped with $6 million and $5 million apiece. This isn’t too surprising (neither film was anticipated, neither had much of a marketing presence, and neither was greeted with warm reviews), but it does make this week’s top 10 look like more of a desolate graveyard than usual.
The final stretch of the top 10 is also fairly dispiriting. The Finest Hours is officially a gigantic bomb that won’t come close to making its money back. Ride Along 2 won’t come close to matching its predecessor. Dirty Grandpa is a shrug. Only The Boy, the low budget horror movie that should hit $30 million by next week, has a reason to celebrate.