Kids can’t get enough of Kung Fu Panda.
The third installment in the franchise earned a strong box office opening weekend pulling in $41 million.
Disney’s launch of Coast Guard rescue adventure “The Finest Hours” saw only modest returns with $10.3 million at 3,143 sites — trailing both “The Revenant” and the seventh weekend of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Marlon Wayans’ spoof “Fifty Shades of Black” generated only middling business with $6.2 million at 2,075 locations and Natalie Portman’s oft-delayed western “Jane Got a Gun” was nearly invisible with $803,000 at 1,210 screens.
“Kung Fu Panda 3,” distributed by Fox for DreamWorks Animation, will finish its first weekend near 2011’s “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which opened with $47.7 million domestically on its way to $162.5 million. The 2008 original bowed to $60.2 million and ended its U.S. run with $215 million.
Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak, noted that Fox had opted to launch “Kung Fu Panda 3” on what’s usually a quiet period, adding, “It was a bold move to open the movie in late January but it paid off.”
The cartoon also helped the U.S. box office turn in a respectable performance following a dismal weekend that saw business hit hard by the massive East Coast snowstorm. Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Revenant” won that frame with only $16 million in its third weekend of wide release.
We’re not going to lie, we’ll probably see ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ when it hits the RedBox. Did any of you make it to the movies this weekend? What did you see?