“Kung Fu Panda 3” had a huge opening weekend in China, both setting the record for the nation’s best-opening animated film and surpassing the movie’s USA opening that same weekend. The third installment of the animated comedy film from DreamWorks Animation raked in approximately $41 million after it’s released on January 29, AceShowbiz reports.
The 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation film brought in an estimated $41 million at the North American box office for its debut this weekend.
Fourth was “The Finest Hours”, a rescue-at-sea drama that made an estimated $10.3 million on its debut weekend.
“Kung Fu Panda 3” received a strong “A” rating from first-night moviegoers on CinemaScore and got a good 80 percent approval rating from critics on Totten Tomatoes.
It finished the weekend with US$12.4m at 3,330 sites for a decline of only 25 per cent and has now generated an impressive US$138.2m domestically. That film opened in May that year, rather than January.
Forbes notes, however, that if Kung Fu Panda 3 fails to meet box office expectations then Hollywood might have “lost its competitive edge in the world’s most strategically important box office territory”.
Starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck, it is based on the true story of a 1952 rescue of a ship that breaks apart during a raging New England nor’easter.
The Weinstein Co.’s “Jane Got a Gun”, starring Natalie Portman, brought in $803,000 in a less robust 1,210-theater opening. Since opening over Martin Luther King weekend, the Ice Cube and Kevin Hart-starring sequel has earned a domestic total of $70.8 million.
“Fifty Shades of Black” (Open Road), a spoof that cost about $5 million to make, took in about $6.2 million. “The Force Awakens” added $10.9 million at the box office, and is now sitting at $895.4 million in domestic box office revenue.