“Kung Fu Panda 3” easily beat three newcomers and topped a tepid box office on Super Bowl weekend, according to industry figures reported by Box Office Mojo. The animated comedy sequel grossed $21.2 million in its second weekend at No. 1, pushing its total to $69.2 million since opening Jan. 29.
Joel and Ethan Coen’s star-studded comedy “Hail, Caesar!” led the trio of new films at No. 2 with $11.3 million. A solid 80 percent of reviews were positive but only 47 percent of moviegoers liked “Hail, Caesar!” according to movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film is “packed with period detail and perfectly cast” and “finds the Coen brothers delivering an agreeably lightweight love letter to post-war Hollywood.”
Sci-fi blockbuster “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stayed at No. 3 in its eighth weekend, grossing $6.97 million for a total of $906 million since opening Dec. 18. “The Force Awakens” is the first film to ever gross more than $900 million in domestic ticket sales and the third to gross more than $2 billion worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, slipped two spots to No. 4 in its seventh weekend, grossing $6.93 million for a total of $149.5 million since opening in limited release Dec. 25.
Critically panned Nicholas Sparks romantic drama “The Choice” debuted at No. 5 with $6 million. Only 8 percent of reviews were positive but 65 percent of moviegoers liked “The Choice,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “like the 10 Nicholas Sparks movies before it finds tragedy striking star-crossed lovers in the sun-dappled South, yet even for those who loved its predecessors, this gauzy melodrama may feel painfully formulaic.”
Seth Grahame-Smith action horror romance “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” opened at No. 6 with $5.3 million. Only 42 percent of reviews were positive and 62 percent of moviegoers liked “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “manages to wring a few fun moments out of its premise, but never delivers the thoroughly kooky mashup its title suggests.”
Three new movies open nationwide in theaters Friday, Feb. 12, including R-rated Marvel superhero action film “Deadpool,” starring Ryan Reynolds. The other two films opening Friday are comedy sequel “Zoolander 2,” starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell; and R-rated romantic comedy “How to Be Single,” starring Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson.