Weekend Box Office: ‘Panda’ Remains On Top, Few Pick ‘Choice’, ‘Zombies’ DOA

Kung Fu Panda 3 managed to hold off a trio of newcomers, most notably Hail Caesar!, the only new release really worth talking about. Panda managed 21M over Hail Caesar’s 11.4M, which is kinda weak considering the all-star cast. This is a film that boasted George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, and Jonah Hill, among others. It should have opened in the 15-20M range at least, but instead ended up with only 11M. The other new releases fared worse though, with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies being the biggest disappointment. Only 5.2M this weekend.

The Choice had the best cinemascore, managing a B+ from audiences, against the disturbing C- for Hail Caesar, and a B- for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. That C- for Hail Caesar will keep it from being able to save itself in coming weeks, and is actually a shockingly low score for a film with that cast and director (Coen Brothers). The disparity is even more shocking when you realize that Hail Caesar managed a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes against the 8% of The Choice. What went wrong? Why do audiences hate Hail Caesar so much?

Next weekend, Deadpool is looking to crash the box office in spectacular fashion. I’m definitely predicting a #1 debut for Deadpool, and a #2 for Zoolander 2. With many kids out of school next Monday, Deadpool could manage as much as 60M in 4 days, with Zoolander 2 hitting around 30M. The other new entry, How To Be Single is likely to cap out somewhere around 10-13M. Yes, there is a book, but it’s not as big a deal as Fifty Shades Of Grey.

1) Kung Fu Panda 3- 21M Weekend, 69M Total
2) Hail Caesar- 11.4M Weekend, 11.4M Total
3) The Revenant- 7.1M Weekend, 149.7M Total
4) Star Wars: The Force Awakens- 6.8M Weekend, 905.9M Total
5) The Choice- 6M Weekend, 6M Total
6) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies- 5.2M Weekend, 5.2M Total
7) The Finest Hours- 4.7M Weekend, 18.3M Total
8) Ride Along 2- 4.5M Weekend, 77.2M Total
9) The Boy- 4.0M Weekend, 26.8M Total
10) Dirty Grandpa- 4M Weekend, 29.3M Total
11) The 5th Wave- 3.6M Weekend, 25.6M Total
12) 13 Hours- 2.8M Weekend, 47.4M Total
13) Fifty Shades Of Black- 2.1M Weekend, 9.4M Total
14) The Big Short- 1.7M Weekend, 63.7M Total
15) Daddy’s Home- 1.5M Weekend, 145.2M Total
16) Brooklyn- 1.1M Weekend, 32.3M Total
17) Spotlight- 844K Weekend, 36.1M Total
18) Room- 782K Weekend, 11.2M Total
19) 45 Years- 511K Weekend, 2M Total
20) Oscar Nominated Shorts- 400K Weekend, 1.1M Total

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