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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Out-Kicks George Clooney’s ‘Hail, Caesar!’ at Friday Box Office

7 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Kung Fu Panda 3” kicked up another $5.3 million on Friday, solidly securing a second No. 1 weekend despite the distraction of Sunday’s Super Bowl and a bunch of new wide-release challengers. The DreamWorks Animation sequel is projected to ring up $22 million for the weekend as Saturday draws on and families are venturing to the movies theaters. Its current domestic total stands at $48 million. Universal’s “Hail, Caesar!” starring George Clooney, earned $4.3 million on Friday night. It is currently tracking at $11.6 million for the entire weekend, based on a $22 million budget for the Coen brothers’ sendup of »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Box Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Pummels ‘The Choice,’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Animated Jack Black romp “Kung Fu Panda 3” is ruling the box office for a second straight weekend, steamrolling new releases “Hail, Caesar!,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “The Choice” on its way to a three-day haul of $22 million.

Unspooling in 3,987 locations, DreamWorks Animation’s “Panda” should finish the weekend with a total domestic gross of up to $70 million. It generated $5.3 million in Friday receipts. The original “Kung Fu Panda” took in a U.S. total of $215 million when it hit theaters in 2008, and its sequel tallied $165 million in 2011. This chapter of Po the Panda’s story, rated PG and distributed by Fox, also stars Kate Hudson and Bryan Cranston.

Behind “Panda” is the latest from the Coen brothers, “Hail, Caesar!,” which took in $4.3 million Friday from 2,232 locations. The Universal release should finish the weekend with up to $12 million for its opening frame. George Clooney, Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson »

- Marianne Zumberge

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Box Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Dominates ‘Caesar,’ ‘Zombies,’ ‘Choice’

5 February 2016 3:10 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Po the Panda will rule the U.S. box office again with Fox’s “Kung Fu Panda 3″ nabbing at least $20 million at 3,955 theaters this weekend, early estimates showed Friday.

The animated comedy will leave a trio of new entries in the dust during a typically subdued Super Bowl weekend, led by Universal’s George Clooney comedy “Hail, Caesar!” with $9.5 million at 2,231 sites. The Coen Brothers’ look at 1950s Hollywood commanded a moderate $3.5 million on Friday, including $543,000 in Thursday night previews.

Sony’s horror-drama spoof “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” was headed for $9 million at 2,930 sites with a $3 million opening day on Friday. The movie is based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody of  Jane Austen’s iconic 1813 novel.

Only a modest number of moviegoers were choosing “The Choice,” which opened Friday with about $2.5 million at 2,631 sites on its way to a $6.5 million weekend for Lionsgate’s romancer.

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- Dave McNary

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Box Office: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ Commands $543,000 on Thursday Night

5 February 2016 8:23 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal’s George Clooney comedy “Hail, Caesar!” commanded a moderate $543,000 at 1,815 U.S. theaters on Thursday.

Sony’s horror-drama spoof “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” scared up $300,000 from 2,286 locations in preview screenings while Lionsgate’s romancer “The Choice” took in a quiet $290,000.

Expectations are modest for the trio of openers, with “Zombies” and “Caesar” forecast to finish the Super Bowl weekend with around $10 million each at the domestic box office, and “The Choice” likely to take in around $8 million.

Fox’s second weekend of DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” should repeat as the winner with a dominant $22 million following its debut of $41.3 million last weekend.

“Hail, Caesar!,” Clooney’s fourth movie with the Coen brothers, has received strong critical support with a 78% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, portraying Hollywood studio life in the 1950s, opens at 2,231 sites on Friday.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” starring Lily James, »

- Dave McNary

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Box Office Democracy: Kung Fu Panda 3

4 February 2016 3:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

I had no interest in seeing either of the first two Kung Fu Panda movies. I thought they were a place for a brand of Jack Black shtick that I had grown tired of by the time 2008 got here (for the record: peak Jack Black was 2003’s School of Rock). I had a strong idea of what these movies were, and I didn’t want anything to do with it. As far as Kung Fu Panda 3 is concerned, I was wrong. This is a charming movie, a funny movie, sometimes even a touching movie. I regretted nothing about my time spent watching Kung Fu Panda 3, and it’s the first movie of 2016 to make me feel that way.

Kung Fu Panda 3 tells a story I was happy to hear told. Po (Black) is told he needs to start teaching the rest of his action team (voiced by »

- Arthur Tebbel

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Box Office: Kung Fu Panda 3 Punches Its Way to the Top

2 February 2016 4:09 PM, PST | Filmonic.com | See recent Filmonic news »

DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 was the only new wide release to not disappoint this past weekend, opening on top with $41.3 million. Kung Fu Panda 3 delivered January’s all-time 3rd best opening weekend, a $41.3 million take that only falls behind Ride Along‘s $41.5 million in 2014 and American Sniper‘s $89.3 million in 2015. Kung Fu Panda […]

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China Box Office: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Dominates Home Market In Opening Weekend

1 February 2016 6:51 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kung Fu Panda 3” opened Friday in China and instantly dominated theater-going activity in its home territory.

The film earned $52.2 million in its first three days to Sunday, setting a new opening weekend record for a Chinese-made animation. Including previews from the weekend before, it finished Sunday with a cumulative total of $58.2 million.

The score was achieved from 9.38 million ticket sales at 278,000 screenings. It showed on 272 IMAX screens and set an opening weekend record for an animated film in the format in China, with $3.8 million. (The previous record was held by “How To Train Your Dragon 2” with $2.87 million. 12 of the top 20 cinemas in China were IMAX locations.

“Panda” utterly dominated the weekend, winning Friday (by $15.6 million ahead of second placed “Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip” on $890,000), Saturday ($19.1 million ahead of “Lost in The Pacific” with $1.12 million) and Sunday ($16.1 million ahead of “Lost” on $1.18 million.)

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- Patrick Frater

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Jack Black for All Ages: Has Your Family Seen These Films?

1 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Just as my son and I are getting ready to select our seats on the Fandango app for the much anticipated viewing of Kung Fu Panda III, I started thinking about the iconic (yes, iconic) lead voice of Jack Black. The first time I saw Jack Black in a film he made me laugh. As record store slacker, Barry Judd, he was completely absurd, goofy, childish, and all over the place. I never would have predicted the actor who crooned “Let’s Get it On” in High Fidelity would go on to...

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Kung fu pandering: Dreamworks' threequel does best business in China

1 February 2016 8:35 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In this week’s roundup of the global box-office scene:

• Local tailoring allows Us-Chinese co-production Kung Fu Panda 3 to set a Chinese animation record

• Creed shows longer-than-expected overseas reach, to strike a blow for black cinema abroad

• The Force Awakens closes in on the $2bn mark worldwide

Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda series reportedly caused some grumbling in China about its appropriation of local mythology. But not only is it increasingly successful there, the country is becoming the financial bedrock of the franchise. Number three in the series this weekend opened bigger in China ($58.3m, a record for animation in a country lukewarm on the genre) than in the Us ($41.3m). Cleaving to the typical franchise decay curve in America, the new instalment has all the momentum in China, where, in a first for the series, it was developed as a full co-production. That meant that Dreamworks knew about the release date further in advance, »

- Phil Hoad

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Kung Fu Panda 3 scores high-kicking $41m at the Us box office

1 February 2016 12:47 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Animated sequel shows off its moves, but El James parody Fifty Shades of Black and Natalie Portman western Jane Got a Gun struggle to find audiences

Animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 scored a respectable $41m on debut to top the Us box office this weekend, but Oscar-winner Natalie Portman suffered a career-worst opening on the troubled western Jane Got a Gun.

Directed once again by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, this time with Alessandro Carloni, the new Kung Fu Panda film sees the roundhouse-kicking bear meet his birth family for the first time, as well as graduating to become a teacher of martial arts. Strong reviews and a voice cast featuring Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan and Seth Rogen once again fuelled the film’s North American success.

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- Ben Child

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Kung Fu Panda 3 Kung Fu-ed Its Way Into the Record Books

31 January 2016 2:52 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

January is a notoriously awful time for movies, but don't tell that to Kung Fu Panda 3, because it may just kick you in the face and go break some box-office records. The Jack Black–starring sequel to Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 made $41 million, crushing the previous January animated movie opening-weekend record of $19.4 million held by The Nut Job. It also broke the record for largest animated movie opening ever in China, where it made $57 million. It may also become the second-largest January opening of all time in America, behind Ride Along's $41.5 million from 2014. (Remember, January is a really, really awful month for movies.)The Revenant, for which Leonardo DiCaprio ate raw bison liver, brought in $12.4 million while Star Wars: The Force Awakens added another $10.7 million to its cume, which is just $5 million shy of $900 million. Internationally, it's now up »

- Greg Cwik

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Weekend Box Office: Number One Kung Fu Panda 3 Finishes Out Strong January

31 January 2016 1:20 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The box office closed out one of its strongest Januarys ever with another sequel in the number one spot, only the second new release this month managing to take top honors. Kung Fu Panda 3 landed in first with a $41 million opening take. That's down from the $47 million of Kung Fu Panda 2, but not bad considering it's been almost five years since the last movie was released. Both movies have fallen well short of the original Kung Fu Panda's strong $60 million opening weekend in the summer of 2008, but given that both sequels have opened above the $40 million mark shows some staying power for the franchise. Thanks to a hold over of strong performers from 2015, new movies have had a hard time breaking into the top three, much less the number on spot. Kung Fu Panda 3 is only the second new movie of the month to land number »

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Weekend Box Office: Po Rolls In the Dough

31 January 2016 12:54 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

With no major storms or championship football games to contend with, the North American box office got itself back on track this weekend. Fox/Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda 3 kicked fellow new arrivals The Finest Hours, 50 Shades of Black and Jane Got a Gun to the curb without much effort, while The Revenant and The Force Awakens continued to draw viewers in. Overall, the top ten climbed 22.7% over last weekend’s snowy totals and a healthy 47% over last year.

After a hiatus of nearly five years, the Kung Fu Panda franchise came back to life with Kung Fu Panda 3. The sequel kicked its way to a solid $41 million from 3,955 theaters. The opening for the latest adventures of Po and his pals was down slightly from the $47 million earned by the second film back in 2011, but it should be noted that Panda 2 opened during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Overseas, »

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Box Office: Why 'Finest Hours' and 'Jane Got a Gun' Fell Way Short This Weekend

31 January 2016 12:47 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The math doesn't add up.

This has been a surprisingly strong January at the box office, with Hollywood raking in more than $1 billion during a month that's traditionally a big post-holiday let-down at the multiplex. This weekend's take was 20 percent above last weekend's. So why do this weekend's four new releases seem like such box office disappointments?

Well, okay, two of them -- "Fifty Shades of Black" and "Jane Got a Gun," really are disappointments. The other two -- "Kung Fu Panda 3" and "The Finest Hours," may just be the victims of overinflated expectations. We have to keep remembering: this is still January, box office no-man's-land. Expecting too much of certain movies because other similar movies did okay at this time of year is foolish.

Really, the makers of "Panda 3" should be pretty happy with the movie's estimated $41.0 million take, even though that opening is on the lower-end of expectations. »

- Gary Susman

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Weekend Box Office: Po Rolls In the Dough

31 January 2016 10:44 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

With no major storms or championship football games to contend with, the North American box office got itself back on track this weekend. Fox/Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda 3 kicked fellow new arrivals The Finest Hours, 50 Shades of Black and Jane Got a Gun to the curb without much effort, while The Revenant and The Force Awakens continued to draw viewers in. Overall, the top ten climbed 22.7% over last weekend’s snowy totals and a healthy 47% over last year.

After a hiatus of nearly five years, the Kung Fu Panda franchise came back to life with Kung Fu Panda 3. The sequel kicked its way to a solid $41 million from 3,955 theaters. The opening for the latest adventures of Po and his pals was down slightly from the $47 million earned by the second film back in 2011, but it should be noted that Panda 2 opened during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Overseas, »

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Box Office: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Takes Top Spot, 'Jane Got A Gun' Posts Worst Weinstein Company Wide Release Opening Ever

31 January 2016 9:47 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

January is never a great time at the box office, and this year, the month went out with a whimper. Four new films went into wide release this weekend, but only one of them made any kind of waves, while the others ingloriously tanked. 20th Century Fox showed the "Kung Fu Panda" franchise is still a strong one, with "Kung Fu Panda 3" kicking its way to the top of the box office with $41 million. It's five million short of what "Kung Fu Panda 2" posted in 2011, but domestic dollars are only a fraction of the story with this franchise. 'Panda 2' scored $500 million globally versus $165 million domestic, and Fox really pushed the promo in China for 'Panda 3,' sending the stars to wave and smile at the press. And it paid off. 'Panda 3' is looking to finish the weekend with $40 million plus from China alone, making it the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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"Panda" Tops, "Jane" Flops At Box-Office

31 January 2016 8:04 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The third film in the "Kung Fu Panda" franchise topped the U.S. weekend box-office this week with an estimated $41 million and a strong $10,367 per screen average.

That's the third best January opening of all time, but a slip down from the $60.2 million and $47.7 million opening weekend hauls of the first two films in the series. Internationally the film earned a further $75 million, most of which came from China ($57M).

The DiCaprio survival drama "The Revenant" earned a further $12.4 million for a total of $138.2 million, holding fairly steady. Same with Disney's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" which scored a $10.8 million domestic and a $12.6 million international haul this weekend. The film now stands at $895.4 million in North America and $1.087 billion overseas.

Other newcomers this weekend included the coast guard rescue drama "The Finest Hours" which debuted in fourth place with a weak $10.3 million, and the parody "Fifty Shades of Black" which came in ninth with $6.2 million. »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Kicks Up $41 Million to Dominate U.S. Box Office

31 January 2016 7:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kung Fu Panda 3” showed plenty of power at the U.S. box office with a solid opening weekend of $41 million at 3,955 theaters as the durable family franchise dominated moviegoing.

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 »

- Dave McNary

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Box Office: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' No. 1 With $41M; 'Finest Hours,' 'Fifty Shades of Black' Sink

31 January 2016 7:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Kung Fu Panda 3 easily topped the North American box office with an estimated $41 million debut, even while it came in on the lower end of expectations for DreamWorks Animation and behind the $47.7 million launch of Kung Fu Panda 2 five years ago. China was a different story, where Kung Fu Panda 3 opened to a spectacular $58.3 million over the weekend, the biggest launch of all time for an animated film there (comparisons are tough, since movies open on different days). Panda was produced by Dwa and Oriental DreamWorks, with backing from the China Film

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- Pamela McClintock

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10 Guillermo Del Toro Movies That Are Never Going To Happen

30 January 2016 4:43 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Hot on the heels of the surprising success of the Goosebumps movie comes the announcement of another movie based on another 1980s/90s children’s horror anthology book series: the genuinely too disturbing for most kids Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. With regular Tim Burton scripter John August tasked with penning a script a couple of years ago, the project has suddenly received a boost from the attachment of director Guillermo Del Toro.

Is Del Toro’s involvement really likely to enhance a movie’s chances of getting made, though? The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth helmer is undoubtedly popular with film fans, but his lack of ever making a big earning blockbuster makes it harder and harder for his cherished projects to come to the screen. Indeed, while compatriots and sometime collaborators Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu have been lining up for their Oscars, »

- Jack Gann

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