“Kung Fu Panda 3” fought off challenges from George Clooney and a new zombie film featuring Lily James to keep the North American box-office lead in its second weekend.
The third film in the series from DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. generated sales of $21 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters, researcher ComScore Inc. said Sunday in a statement. “Hail, Caesar!,” a new Universal Pictures comedy from the Coen brothers and featuring Clooney, opened in second place, while “The Choice,” from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. placed fifth. Sony Corp.’s “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” was sixth.
|1||Kung Fu Panda 3||$21.0||-49%||3,987||$5,267||$69.1||2|
|6||Pride + Prejudice||5.2||0||2,931||1,774||5.2||1|
|7||Finest Hours, The||4.7||-54||3,143||1,500||18.4||2|
|8||Ride Along 2||4.5||-46||2,172||2,080||77.2||4|
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Super Bowl weekend is typically light for theaters. Maintaining the lead is good news for “Kung Fu Panda 3,” which had the weakest debut of the series last week. It grossed $130 million worldwide through Feb. 4, with China the top market, according to Box Office Mojo. The film was expected to add $24 million this weekend in the U.S., according to analysts at BoxOffice.com.
“Hail, Caesar!” garnered $11.4 million in its debut, missing an opening weekend forecast of $12.2 million from Hollywood Stock Exchange. The film features an A-list cast, including Josh Brolin, in the story of a Hollywood fixer trying to manage the lives of a studio’s stars. It also scored the highest critical acclaim of the week’s new releases, with 78 percent positive reviews at aggregator Rottentomatoes.com.
“The Choice,” a romantic drama adapted from a Nicholas Sparks novel, earned $6.1 million on its opening weekend. It was predicted to take in about $8 million, the estimate of Gitesh Pandya, an analyst at Box Office Guru.
“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” features James in a spin on the Jane Austen novel. It opened with $5.2 million, less than half a forecast of $11 million from Boxoffice.com.