Weekend box office: Hail, Caesar! can’t beat Kung Fu Panda 3

Super Bowl weekend is never a big money maker for Hollywood and this year is no exception.  There were only a couple of new movies at the weekend box office and neither made much noise.  The Coen’s star studded HAIL, CAESAR! (click the link to read our review) managed over $10 million, which isn’t bad for a Coen movie, even if it does star George Clooney, Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson, among others.  But that wasn’t good enough to beat out last week’s number one film, KUNG FU PANDA 3.  The other new movie of the weekend, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES couldn’t crack the top five, but that’s not surprising given its niche target audience.

Next week should be a really interesting and surprisingly busy weekend at the movies.  First up is the long awaited DEADPOOL movie.  The trailers look great and the marketing has been insane, so it has everything it needs to be a hit film.  Plus, fans have been clamoring for this movie for a long time, so we’ll see if they show up at theaters for it.  Speaking of movies fans want and insane marketing, ZOOLANDER 2 is also coming out next week.  I’ll be interested to see how it does since it’s at least 10 years too late.  I’m not sure why it took so log to make, but I’m not sure people are still interested.  But the first ZOOLANDER is still one of the funniest movies in the last 20 years, so I’m anxious to see what the sequel brings.  There’s also HOW TO BE SINGLE and WHERE TO INVADE NEXT.  I doubt either will make much of an impact at the weekend box office and the race is going to come down to ZOOLANDER 2 and DEADPOOL.  I’m actually pulling for DEADPOOL, only because I want Fox to be rewarded for finally taking a chance on a superhero movie and not insisting on the usual cookie cutter formula.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Kung Fu Panda 3 $21.1m

2. Hail, Caesar $11.1m

3. The Revenant $6.9m

4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $6.6m

5. The Choice $5.7m

6. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies $5.2m

7. The Finest Hours $4.6m

8. Ride Along 2 $4.4m

9. Dirty Grandpa $3.9m

10. The Boy $3.8m13 Hours $5.8m

(Deadline)

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