BOX OFFICE: KUNG FU PANDA 3 A HIT

BRIEFING

This weekend at the box office: Kung Fu Panda 3, The Finest Hours and Fifty Shades of Black. Which one did you see? If you even found yourself in a theater this weekend, it is more than likely you saw Kung Fu Panda 3. The animated film debuted at #1 and pulled in $41.3 million between Friday and Saturday, right on track with expectations. With the highest weekend debut of the year so far, and with a Rotten Tomatoes score at 79%, we have our first official hit of the year! โ€ฆWhat, no applause? Thatโ€™s cool guys, real classy. In any case, you most likely did not bother with The Finest Hours (#4, $10.3 million) or Fifty Shades of Black (#10, $5.9 million). Chris Pine and Marlon Wayans, it does not matter race or creed – both movies bombed equally.

Kung Fu Panda 3 is also setting records in China, where it pulled in $57 million. Cultural inclinations aside, that is an impressive international B.O. figure. The Revenant (#2, $12.8 million) continues to pull in some surprisingly solid numbers, considering the film centers on Leonardo DiCaprio in what could otherwise be titled 1000 Ways To Die: The Movie. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (#3, $11.1 million) is on track to a worldwide figure of $2 billion, so needless to say, all is well at Disney. Ride Along 2 (#5, $8.4 million), Dirty Grandpa (#6, $7.6 million), The Boy (#7, $7.5 million), The Fifth Wave (#8, $7.1 million) and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (#9, $6.3 million) each raked in some moderate cash as each continues to quietly vanish into the Wal-Mart DVD bin and replays on F/X Movies.

With theater counts for the Top 10 averaged at 3000 locations and week-to-week declines below 31.7% (Dirty Grandpa), the box office is looking healthy and ready for The Choice, Hail, Ceasar! and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies this weekend. Prepare your wallets folks, despite your best intentions, you will give in to at least one.

All figures provided by Box Office Mojo.

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