“Kung Fu Panda 3” reigned triumphant at the box office again this weekend, as this week’s new releases struggled to find an audience, particularly with Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl keeping many people away from the theater. The animated comedy, which was number one in its debut last weekend, remained in first with $21 million—almost a 50% drop-off from last weekend.
The comedy “Hail, Caesar!” debuted in second this weekend with $11.4 million. The film parodies the old Hollywood studio system as it follows a day in the life of studio fixer Eddie Mannix (played by Josh Brolin), with a large ensemble cast that also includes Scarlett Johansson, George Clooney, and Channing Tatum. It is the first movie directed by the Coen Brothers since their 2013 drama “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and has already grossed almost as much as that movie made in its entire theatrical run, as it never received wide release.
Meanwhile, the romantic drama “The Choice” had the lowest opening weekend of any Nicolas Sparks film to date, debuting in fifth with only $6.08 million. Despite Valentine’s Day being only a week away, the film—which follows neighbors who fall in love—failed to attract an audience. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” fared even worse. The horror movie take on the Jane Austen classic, which is also based on the book of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith, followed in sixth with a mere $5.2 million.
Finally, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” continues to hover near the top of the box office, although this weekend it fell from third to fourth with $6.8 million. Earlier this week the film officially made $2 billion worldwide.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.
1. “Kung Fu Panda 3”: $21 million
2. “Hail, Caesar!”: $11.4 million
3. “The Revenant”: $7.1 million
4. “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”: $6.8 million
5. “The Choice”: $6.08 million
6. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”: $5.2 million
7. “The Finest Hours”: $4.7 million
8. “Ride Along 2”: $4.5 million
9. “The Boy”: $4.09 million
10. “Dirty Grandpa”: $4.05 million
11. “The 5th Wave”: $3.6 million
12. “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”: $2.8 million
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
· Wehrenberg Theatres
· AMC Theatres
· Regal Movie Theatres
· Galleria 6
· Chase Park Plaza
· Granite City
· Moolah Theatre
· Hi-Pointe Theatre
· St. Andrews Cinema
· Plaza Frontenac Cinema
· Tivoli Theatre
For more info, visit Box Office Mojo.