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Panda 3 Tops Box Office; Finest Hours Not Seaworthy

By John Hamann

January 31, 2016

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Of last weekend's opening films, The Fifth Wave performs the worst during this frame. The Chloƫ Grace Moretz film earned $7 million in its sophomore frame, dropping 32% compared to last weekend. This one has not caught on but has a $45 million gross to date from overseas theaters, which will lessen the impact on its $38 million budget. Domestically, The Fifth Wave earned only $20.2 million.

Opener Fifty Shades of Black does not come close to where Fifty Shades of Grey started, or even 10% of that film's $85 million plus debut. Instead, the Wayans parody flopped, earning only $6.2 million over its debut frame. It was supposed to open between $10 and $11 million, but it missed that target significantly. The good news for Open Road Films is that this dreck cost only $5 million to make, so if it can limp to $15 million stateside, the financial pain from this C Cinemascore earner shouldn't be too bad.

13 Hours: The Secret Story of Benghazi finishes 10th this but also sees an okay hold versus last weekend. The Michael Bay film earned $6 million in its third frame, and was off a not terrible 34% compared to last weekend. Will Bay eke out a victory on 13 Hours with its $50 million budget? No way - it has earned only $42.6 million since opening, but has yet to open overseas. Given its subject matter, it will likely struggle to succeed in international venues.


Finishing outside the top ten is Jane Got A Gun, which finally sees the light of day this weekend, albeit on only 1,210 screens. The Natalie Portman starrer, which saw at least a half-dozen stops and starts as numerous players and crafts people came in and out, earned only $803,000 this weekend, giving it a venue average of $664. It cost $25 million to make.

Overall, the box office was up compared to last year as 2016 is proving resilient versus last year's American Sniper start to the year. This weekend, the top 12 films earned $123.5 million, up from last year, when Sniper led the top 12 to $102 million as three openers flailed. Next weekend brings the Super Bowl, so our choices are a bit different. Openers include Hail Caesar, the new film from the Coen Brothers, a film from the Nicolas Sparks factory called The Choice, and the horror flick Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which has more zombie action than sense and sensibility.

Top Weekend Box Office for 1/29/16-1/31/16 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Kung Fu Panda 3 Fox $41,000,000 New $41,000,000
2 The Revenant Fox $12,400,000 - 23% $138,171,000
3 Star Wars: the Force Awakens Disney $10,782,000 - 23% $895,426,000
4 The Finest Hours Disney $10,327,000 New $10,327,000
5 Ride Along 2 Universal $8,345,520 - 33% $70,775,210
6 The Boy Stx Entertainment $7,894,000 - 27% $21,527,916
7 Dirty Grandpa Lionsgate $7,575,000 - 32% $22,821,010
8 The 5th Wave Sony $7,000,000 - 32% $20,200,000
9 Fifty Shades of Black Open Road Films $6,186,648 New $6,186,648
10 13 Hours: the Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Paramount $6,000,000 - 34% $42,574,000
11 Daddy's Home Paramount $3,025,000 - 39% $143,005,000
12 The Big Short Paramount $3,000,000 - 6% $60,900,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Jane Got a Gun Weinstein Co. $803,000 New $803,000
  2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films Shorts $505,000 New $505,000
  Lazer Team Rooster Teeth $114,950 New $1,123,697
  Rabin, the Last Day Kino Lorber $7,854 New $7,854
  Ip Man 3 Wells Fargo Usa $503,200 - 36% $1,622,565
  Aferim! Big World Pictures $18,714 + 18% $45,692
  Norm of the North Lionsgate $925,000 - 76% $15,917,517
  The Lady In the Van Sony Classics $321,972 + 84% $743,205
  Anomalisa Paramount $355,000 - 3% $1,932,000
  Son of Saul Sony Classics $168,175 + 83% $720,006
  Carol Weinstein Co. $425,000 - 34% $11,392,245
  Brooklyn FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,715,000 + 0% $30,386,000
  Spotlight Open Road Films $1,120,319 - 12% $34,686,107
  Room A24 $1,217,940 - 9% $9,882,725
  The Martian Fox $210,000 - 25% $227,936,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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