“Kung Fu Panda 3” took the top spot at the weekend box office, With an estimated $41 million, more than enough to become the largest January animated opening of all-time.
“Kung Fu Panda 3” also came close to becoming the second largest January opening of all-time, just shy of the $41.5 million “Ride Along” made in 2014. Compared to the first two Panda movies, the opening does signify yet another drop off following the original film’s $60.2 million and anda 2’s $47.6 million, but with an “A” CinemaScore and no another animated release for another month, “Kung Fu Panda 3” should keep bringing families in.
In second and third place, “The Revenant” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” remain solid, both dropping less than 25% after the massive snowstorm had a significant impact on their totals last weekend. “The Revenant” brought in an estimated $12.4 million this weekend, and Leo won a SAG award for his efforts.
Meanwhile, Star Wars added another $10.7 million to its already incredible domestic total, which is now nearing $900 million. Internationally, Star Wars added another $12.6 million as its worldwide gross is now up to $1.983 billion.
In fourth place we find Disney’s “The Finest Hours.” The true story about a 1950’s Coast Guard rescue performed as expected, bringing in $10.3 million along with an “A-” CinemaScore. That’s all well and good, but that’s a terrible opening for a film with a decent cast and a budget reported to be in the $70-80 million range.
At the bottom of the top ten lands another new movie, “Fifty Shades of Black.” The comedy is in a fight for ninth place, coming in just ahead of “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” with an estimated $6.1 million. Industry expectations for the Marlon Wayans spoof were as wide as $6-12 million heading into the weekend, but With a budget said to be around $5 million the movie is hardly a flop.
The biggest disappointment of the weekend, however, is the Natalie Portman-led Western, “Jane Got a Gun.” With an estimated $803,000 from 1,210 theaters, the film scored a mere $664 per theater average. This is, by far, the worst wide release opening in Natalie Portman’s career.
But is this really a surprise? “Jane Got a Gun” received little to no marketing. I guarantee there are people who have never heard of the movie. On the bright side, maybe Portman will return for Thor 3.