Weekend box office: Kung Fu Panda 3 easily takes the top spot

So is the Kung Fu Panda franchise still going strong or is the third film’s success just a product of a serious lack of competition?  I’m inclined to say the latter as KUNG FU PANDA 3 managed a $40+ million opening at the weekend box office, but did so without any sort of competition with movies targeting kids under 10 years-old.  The first two films took in $60 million and $47 million on their opening weekends, so the films are seeing a steady drop off.  However, the first two films were released over the summer, so maybe the basic message is that the films are still making money and there’s probably no end in sight.  There were two other new films this weekend, including the Coast Guard adventure film THE FINEST HOURS, which did over $10 million and FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK, which barely took in $6 million.  I have to say I’m happy about the poor performance of any spoof movie and every time they fail, I feel there’s just a slimmer of hope for humanity.

KUNG FU PANDA 3 should have no problem taking the box office again next week.  The Coens’ latest film, HAIL CEASAR hits theaters and although it has a star studded cast including George Clooney, Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson, it’s just not the kind of movie that dominates the box office.  There’s also PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, which I think will have such a niche audience that I’d be surprised if it cracks the top five.  Then there’s THE CHOICE and REGRESSION and I’m sure each have their merits, but they both feel like the studios don’t know what to do with them.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Kung Fu Panda 3 $41.1m

2. The Revenant $11.6m

3. The Finest Hours $10.5m

4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $10.3m

5. Ride Along 2 $8m

6. The Boy $6.7m

7. The 5th Wave $6.4m

8. Dirty Grandpa $6.4m

9. Fifty Shades of Black $6.3m

10. 13 Hours $5.8m

(Deadline)

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