More agreeable weather and a new slate of big-budget films was enough to bolster a staggering box-office this week. Four new films hit theaters this week across the nation, including a AAA installment in almost every major category.
A new crime-drama starring Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke battles for attention while the Coen brothers release their latest big-budget project. At the same time, action-drama “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” battles the latest romantic-drama from Nicholas Sparks with bitter results.
While the new films offered moviegoers a wide-array of new content to enjoy, none of them proved strong enough to topple “Kung Fu Panda 3”. The animated-comedy remained at number-one this week with $21M across 3,987 locations. The third-installment to the popular franchise has now earned just over $69M in just two weeks in theaters. The film was directed by Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh, and 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.
“Hail, Caesar!” was directed by the popular duo Ethan and Joel Coen, and managed to grab the number-two spot on the domestic charts with $11.4M. The directors also wrote the script to the film, which screened across 2,232 locations. Among the dozen of top-brand actors appearing in the film are Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich and Scarlett Johansson.
In third-place was Oscar hopeful “The Revenant” from FOX Studios. The drama brought in an additional $7.1M this week across 3,018 locations. “The Revenant,” now in its seventh-week at the box-office with an estimated $150M running total, was directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The director also co-wrote the screenplay with Mark L. Smith. “The Revenant” stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter.
Dropping to fourth-place overall was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with $6.9M at the domestic box-office. The popular installment remained at 2,262 locations this week and has earned over $905.9M after eight-weeks.
The new adaptation from Nicholas Sparks called “The Choice” only managed to hit fifth-place overall with $6.1M at the domestic box-office. The Lionsgate film opened across 2,631 locations but failed to live-up to previous releases. Ross Katz directed “The Choice,” working from a screenplay written by Bryan Sipe. The film stars Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer and Alexandra Daddario.
Missing the top-five this week and opening to a lackluster $5.2M was the action-drama “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”. The film opened across an impressive 2,931 locations and offers quite few major names in the cast, but none of that was enough to attract audiences and the film hit sixth-place overall. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” was directed by Burr Steers, who also wrote the screenplay. Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston and Matt Smith star in the film.
Alejandro Amenábar wrote and directed “Regression,” which stars Ethan Hawke, David Thewlis and Emma Watson. The film opened to 100 select theaters this week for $31K.