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:


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.

Debuting in second place with $11.6 million was the Coen Brothers latest film, Hail, Caesar! With an all-star cast, including George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson, I’m sure that everyone involved would have preferred to see a better number.

As for the rest of the top five, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in third place with $6.6 million, raising its North American total to an incredible $905 million. The Revenant fell to fourth place with $6.5 million, while new release The Choice closed things out in fifth place with $5.5 million.

Somewhat surprisingly, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies could only muster a sixth place showing, with $5.1 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Kung Fu Panda 3 – $23 million
2) The Revenant – $11.5 million
3) Hail, Caesar! – $11 million
4) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – $10 million
5) Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $7 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Kung Fu Panda 3 – $21.5 million
2) Hail, Caesar! – $11.6 million
3) Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $6.6 million
4) The Revenant – $6.5 million
5) The Choice – $5.1 million

Next weekend sees the release of both Deadpool, How To Be Single and Zoolander 2. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!


About Andy Burns

Andy Burns is the Interactive Content Editor for SiriusXM Canada, and has been the Editor-In-Chief of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop! since its inception in 2008. He is also a Staff Writer for Rue Morgue Magazine. Andy's book, Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks, was published in 2015 by ECW Press. His next book, on Stephen King's The Stand, will be published by Cemetery Dance in 2018.

Posted on February 7, 2016, in Andy Burns, Andy Burns/Andy B, box office predictions, General, movies and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I blame the box office for PPZ on a terrible marketing campaign (i.e. theatrical trailer made this movie look like a really bad version of a new CW television series). Granted, the movie is only getting mediocre reviews, but $5.1 million for a big-budget horror film that was based on a best-selling book…awful!

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