The third Kung Fu Panda movie opened below its predecessors but still scored the biggest weekend of 2016 so far. The kids movie earned 41 million from Friday to Sunday and an "A" Cinemscore, as there's not a lot else in theaters for the family audience at the moment. It managed to crush the other new releases, one of which was Disney's The Finest Hours, which earned just 10 million for fourth place, while the Marlon Wayans' spoof Fifty Shades of Black fell flat as well with only 6 million. The biggest flop though, belonged to Natalie Portman's long-delayed western Jane Got a Gun, which made just 803k in 1200 locations, for an average of 664 dollars per theater. Yikes.
Meanwhile, the holdovers continue to stay the course, with The Revenant earning another 12 million for a 138 million total, as Leo continues to cruise towards his inevitable Oscar win, and Star Wars made another 10 million this weekend for an 895 million total, well on its way to the landmark 900 million domestic gross. Globally it's getting closer to 2 billion, but still behind Avatar and Titanic, worldwide. Ride Along 2 rounded out the top five, bringing its total to 70 million domestic.
- Kung Fu Panda 3- 41 million
- The Revenant- 12.4 million
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens- 10.8 million
- The Finest Hours- 10.3 million
- Ride Along 2- 8.3 millon
In limited release, there's not a lot to report, except for the various Oscar nominees' respective totals. Spotlight is at 34 million, while Brooklyn is chasing its total, having just crossed 30 million. Room has doubled its gross since the nominations, having now gotten to 9 million total, and The Big Short crossed 60 million this weekend. Next week sees the release of Hail, Caesar and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, so tune in then- but of course it's Super Bowl weekend as well, so the box office might be down for another reason.