‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Tops Weekend Box Office With $41 Millionby
“Kung Fu Panda 3,” the first animated U.S.-Chinese co-production, led the North American box-office in its weekend debut, outdrawing three other new releases.
The third film in the series from DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. generated ticket sales of $41 million in the U.S. and Canada, researcher Rentrak Corp. said Sunday in a statement. Walt Disney Co.’s “The Finest Hours” opened in fourth place and the Open Road Films parody “Fifty Shades of Black” landed in ninth. Weinstein Co.’s “Jane Got a Gun” didn’t place in the top 10.
Distributed by 20th Century Fox, “Kung Fu Panda 3” marks a fresh start for DreamWorks Animation after a year of restructuring that led to job cuts and the sale of its headquarters. As a co-production with Chinese partners in Oriental DreamWorks, the movie will have preferential theater access in that country and give the studio a higher cut of ticket sales. The film was expected to collect $51 million, the forecast of analysts at BoxOffice.com.
“The Finest Hours”’ took in $10.3 million, compared with a prediction of $9.2 million. The live-action thriller stars Chris Pine and Casey Affleck in a rescue off the coast of Cape Cod.
“Fifty Shades of Black,” written by and featuring Marlon Wayans, is a spoof on the sado-masochistic romance novel. It collected $6.2 million, versus a prediction of $8.5 million from BoxOffice.com. “Jane Got a Gun,” a Western featuring Natalie Portman, opened with weekend sales of $803,000.
|1||Kung Fu Panda 3||$41.0||0%||3,955||$10,367||$41.0||1|
|4||Finest Hours, The||10.3||0||3,143||3,286||10.3||1|
|5||Ride Along 2||8.3||-33||2,412||3,460||70.8||3|
|8||5th Wave, The||7.0||-32||2,908||2,407||20.2||2|
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|Source: Rentrak Corp.|