The last weekend of January proved to be a successful one for DreamWorks as their latest animated film, Kung Fu Panda 3, opened at number 1 over holdovers The Revenant and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Pulling in an impressive $41.2 million, the Jack Black starring Kung Fu Panda 3 blew past the old January animated opening record held by 2014’s South Korean produced The Nut Job ($19.4 million).
Barely missing the January opening record held by 2014’s Ride Along ($41.5), Kung Fu Panda 3 is actually the lowest grossing film in the franchise with 2008’s Kung Fu Panda earning $60.7 million and 2011’s Kung Fu Panda 2 grossing $47.6 million on their opening weekend.
The Revenant continues to perform well at the domestic box office pulling in another $12.7 million for a total gross of $138 million in its sixth week of release.
The $135 million production recently earned lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio a SAG award for Best Leading Actor. He is currently the front-runner for this year’s Best Actor statuette at the Academy Awards.
Failing to reach its expected domestic total of $900 million, Star Wars: The Forces Awakens managed $11.1 million for a third place finish; the film has almost eclipsed $2 billion worldwide.
Another new release this week the Chris Pine starring thriller, The Finest Hours, opened in fourth with a total of $10.2 million.
With a reported budget in the $70-$80 million dollar range, the film will have to find legs overseas to help make its budget back.
The buddy-comedy Ride Along 2 managed to pull in $8.4 million in its third week of release for a respectable fifth place and $70 million total.
Dirty Grandpa, the Zac Efron and Robert De Niro comedy, finished sixth with a total of $7.6 million.
The film has proven a modest success for Zac Efron after last year’s abysmal We Are Your Friends became one of the lowest grossing wide releases of all-time with a total take of only $3.5 million.
Last week’s release, The Boy, finished in seventh with a $7.5 million; the $10 million production has benefited from being the only horror film in current release, grossing a total over $20 million.
The 5th Wave continues its disappointing domestic run with a $7.1 million gross. The young-adult adaptation has fared better internationally grossing a worldwide total of $65 million.
Michael Bay’s action-drama 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi brought in $6.2 million on its third week of release.
The $50 million film is currently the second worse performing film of Michael Bay’s successful career, only out grossing 2005’s The Island ($35 million).
The last wide release of this weekend, Fifty Shades of Black performed below expectations to earn $5.9 million.
The Marlon Wayans spoof only had a budget of $5 million, but still performed worse than his last releases A Haunted House ($12 million) and its sequel ($8.8 million).
Here is a list of the top ten films and their grosses for the weekend of January 22, 2016 provided by Box Office Mojo:
The first weekend of February brings with it the new comedy Hail, Caesar! from brothers Joel and Ethan Coen; the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Choice; and the zombie horror-comedy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
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