Some sort of sporting championship was held this weekend, which put a crunch on the domestic box office. Despite the handicap, Dreamworks’ animated comedy, Kung Fu Panda 3, managed to retain its title for a second week running. While it dropped a tad more than expected, it still handily out-earned the three new wide releases it was up against, all by a healthy margin.
Second place when to Joel and Ethan Coen‘s comedy, Hail Caesar! with an 11 million dollar take. This is a bit weak for a Coen film, and reviews were mixed. It certainly couldn’t have helped that many of the film’s audience base were probably on the couch watching Peyton Manning shill Budweiser and crappy pizza.
The other two new releases had to settle for 5th and 6th place. Nicholas Sparks’ The Choice stumbled to a 6 million dollar opening, the worst of any film adapted from his novels. As bad as that was, it managed to stay ahead of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which only managed a lousy 5 million dollar take. I guess the old adage is true: you don’t have to outrun the zombies, you just have to outrun your friend.