‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ karate-kicks the competition with $41M

This time, Kung Fu Panda 3 is on track for a better run than its predecessors, simply because it’ll have more time in theaters.

In addition to opening at the No. 1 spot in the US with an estimated $41 million (breaking the January opening record), Kung Fu Panda 3’s day-and-date release in China and other key overseas markets has brought in an additional $75.7 million in global box office takings.

Animation came out on top at America’s weekend box office.

Kung Fu Panda 3, costing around $145 million to produce, earned an A CinemaScore.

The Revenant, a grisly tale of backcountry survival and revenge starring Leonardo DiCaprio and showered with Oscar nominations, settled into second after topping the rankings last week.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens also held well in its seventh weekend.

“The Force Awakens” should cross $900 million domestically and $2 billion worldwide sometime later this week. The film was buoyed by critical acclaim (an 80% approval rating on RottenTomatoes.com) and audience raves (a solid A on CinemaScore). Fourth was The Finest Hours, a rescue-at-sea drama that made an estimated $10.3 million on its debut weekend. Newcomer “The Finest Hours” enters the chart at No. 4 with an estimated $10.3 million, while “Ride Along 2″ rounds out the top five with approximately $8.3 million.

The raunchy, low-budget “Fifty Shades of Black” came in well below projections, with only $6.2 million, for ninth place. Instead, it seduced a limp $6.2 million worth of business from 2,075 screens. The $25 million western starring Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton has had the working definition of “a troubled production”. The studio has been struggling in recent years with several underperforming films and has been much in need of a boost from an existing franchise.

Last among new releases, “Jane Got a Gun” grossed $803,000 from 1,210 locations.

A still from Kung Fu Panda 3


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