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Box Office: “Kung Fu Panda 3” karate chops competition for 1st

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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:

  1. Kung Fu Panda 3
    • $41,282,042
  2. The Revenant
    • $12,779,530
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    • $11,116,684
  4. The Finest Hours
    • $10,288,932
  5. Ride Along 2
    • $8,426,610
  6. Dirty Grandpa
    • $7,591,049
  7. The Boy (2016)
    • $7,551,388
  8. The 5th Wave
    • $7,142,826
  9. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
    • $6,274,244
  10. Fifty Shades of Black
    • $5,900,528

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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