While the box-office slows down amidst winter-weather and post-holiday blues, FOX’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” is dominating the new-release categories.
The animated-comedy took the top-spot at the box-office this week with an impressive $41M opening weekend. The film premiered across 3,955 locations and was directed by Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh. The third installment to the growing franchise was written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. Voicing characters in the film are Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen. Luc Liu, Kate Hudson, David Cross, Jackie Chan and J.K. Simmons.
In second-place with $12M was another FOX hit, “The Revenant,” now in its sixth week at the box-office. The award-winning drama has now made over $138M domestically for the studio, remaining at 3,330 locations this week. “The Revenant” was directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, working off a screenplay that he co-wrote with Mark L. Smith. “The Revenant” stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also remained in the top-three this weekend with $10.78M across 2,556 locations. The sci-fi drama inches towards $1B domestically with each passing week, now sitting at $895.4M after seven-weeks in theaters.
Disney landed in the fourth-place spot overall this week, the studio released the sea-drama “The Finest Hours,” which earned $10.3M across 3,143 locations. The film was directed by Craig Gillespie, working off a screenplay written by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy. The film stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster.
The comedy “Ride Along 2” from Universal Pictures landed in fifth-place overall with $8.34M at the domestic box-office. The film remained at 2,412 locations and has now earned $70.78M in just three-weeks.
The adult-comedy “Fifty Shades of Black” failed to break the top-five at release, in fact, the film barely made it into the top-ten. The parody film of “Fifty Shades of Grey” was directed by Michael Tiddes and only made $6.2M across 2,075 locations. That was just enough to take ninth-place overall at the domestic box-office. Both Rick Alvarez and Marlon Wayans wrote the script to the film, which stars Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk and Fred Willard.
At the specialty box-office, “Jane Got a Gun” opened to an impressive $803K across 1,210 locations, that was enough to earn seventeenth-place overall. Gavin O’Connor directed “Jane Got a Gun,” which stars Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton and Ewan McGregor. The screenplay was written by Brian Duffield and Anthony Tambakis.