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Kung Fu Panda holds strong, new release can’t deliver

It was a somewhat quiet weekend at the box office, as no new release really caught on with audiences. Here’s what went down:

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Kung Fu Panda 3 hung onto the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row, bringing in $21.5 million, raising its total to $69.5 million in North America. It’s doubtful that the film will perform as well as the first two in the series, but Kung Fu Panda 3 should at least cross the $100 million mark.

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Zombies and Romans look to take down Kung Fu Panda 3

A few new releases are looking for box office gold this weekend, but will any be able to KO a Kung Fu Panda? Here are our predictions:

Hail, Caesar

Hail, Caesar is the latest film from the always reliable Coen Brothers. This time out, the duo are working in comedic territory, with an ensemble cast that includes Josh Brolin, George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson. The reviews have been fairly solid for the film, which is set in 1950s Hollywood. However, the buzz hasn’t been particularly big for this one and opening on Super Bowl weekend isn’t going to help get an audience into theaters. Look for a third place debut with $11 million.

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Kung Fu Panda 3 tops the box office, The Finest Hours stumbles

It was a solid but not spectacular showing this weekend for the latest film to top the box office. Here’s what went down:

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Kung Fu Panda 3 debut at number one this weekend with $37 million, clearly the film for families. That number was down from both the original’s debut ($60 million) and the first sequel ($47 million), but hopefully the movie will be in it for the long haul over the coming weeks.  Read the rest of this entry

Kung Fu Panda 3 to crush the competition this weekend at the box office

This weekend, one movie should KO the competition with its Kung Fu grip. Here’s our prediction:

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Kung Fu Panda 3 is, wait for it, the third in the successful DreamWorks Animation series of kids films about a, wait for it, panda that knows Kung Fu. The first two films were very successful, the first grossing over $200 million while the second did about $165 million – both exceptional numbers. I’m skeptical as to whether this third installment will reach those sorts of numbers, but we should still see a solid opening weekend. Look for a first place showing with $50 million.

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The Revenant tops a snowed-in box office

With the winter storm hitting the East Coast of the United States, along with the NFL playoffs going on, this weekend at the box office was relatively quiet. Here’s what went down:

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The Revenant was number this week, bringing in an estimated $16 million. The film should continue to perform well as we’re flush in the middle of Oscar season. It’s total currently stands at $119 million. Read the rest of this entry

Will The Boy beat The Revenant to number one this weekend?

What to see, what to see? It’s a relatively quiet weekend at movie theaters, with a few less than dynamic new releases looking for the top spot. Could this entry into the 2016 horror release schedule make the impact some are predicting, or will last week’s number one hold strong? Here’s our prediction:

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The Boy is a new horror film that places The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan (Maggie) in her first starring role. The story, about a nanny hired to take care of a porcelain doll that a couple uses in place of their dead son, definitely has a spooky quality to it, like something out of an old Twilight Zone episode. As Rotten Tomatoes shows us, possessed dolls have a long history in Hollywood, so The Boy could do alright business at the box office, especially if fans of Cohen decide to come out in force. Look for a fourth place showing with $14 million.

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Ride Along 2 knocks Star Wars from the top spot at the box office

And lo there came a day when the biggest movie in North American history finally vacated the top spot at the box office, making way for a new number one. Here’s what went down:

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As expected Ride Along 2 debut at the top of the box office this weekend with $34.1 million. This is down from the original’s $41 million, but still a healthy number for the Kevin Hart/Ice Cube team-up. It’s doubtful that Ride Along 2 will equal the original’s take, mind you, so this may be the end of that franchise. Read the rest of this entry

Will the Oscar nominations put Leo and the Revenant on top of the box office this weekend?

Thursday morning the 2016 Oscar nominations were announced, with one film leading the pack in terms of potential wins. How will these kudos affect the box office this weekend? Will a new release hit the top? Here are our predictions:

13 Hours

This weekend sees the release of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, a new film by Michael Bay about six soldiers who fought to defend the American diplomatic building in 2012. Bay gets a lot of bad publicity for his big budget action films (do people actually enjoy the Transformer movies?), and according to Rotten Tomatoes, 13 Hours hasn’t been scoring with critics either, even though its a far more dramatic film. With the lacklustre buzz and the star power for our projected number one, don’t expect big things for 13 Hours. Look for a fourth place debut with $20 million.

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Star Wars holds, The Revenant debuts strong at the box office

It was a close race all weekend long between two big movies, and as we know, only one could come out on top. Here’s what went down at the box office:

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens had another outstanding weekend, bringing in an estimated $41 million, raising its four week total to $811.3 million in North America. While its now doubtful the film will be the first to crack $1 billion in North America as some pundits wondered, the movie could still be on its way to $900 million, which would be beyond amazing.

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The Revenant looks to unseat Star Wars from the top of the box office

This weekend is the Golden Globe Awards, which should give us a decent idea as to which way the Academy Awards will end up leaning once the nomination are announced. One film that could do well for itself both at the Globesand the Oscars goes into wide release this weekend, but will it be able to take down the world conquering Star Wars? Here’s our prediction:

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The Revenant is the new film from Academy Award-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritua and stars the perpetually Oscar-snubbed Leonardo DiCaprio, stars as a frontiersman and fur trapper in the 1820s. Reviews for the film have been kind, citing the cinematography and DiCaprio’s own performance, which should be enough to get audiences into theatres for a film that’s subject matter doesn’t exactly scream big box office. Look for a second place debut for The Revenant with $26 million.

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