‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Proves They Own Box Office, ‘Star Wars’ Makes History After Standing At $2 Billion Worldwide

Jack Black’s masterpiece has done it again. The third installation of the Kung Fu Panda trilogy has stayed at the top of the box-office charts this week.

Having the Super Bowl weekend added to the hype. More people were coming in to Kung Fu Panda compared to the newly released films like Hail, Caesar and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. According to the L.A. Times, Kung Fu Panda 3 has an estimated gross of $21 million in the U.S. and Canada during its second week.

Last week’s opening for Kung Fu Panda has a strong $41 million domestic gross, but it even did better for the international market, where it made about $58.8 million in China. This week, China’s market grossed about $15 million and is already about $103 million in total.

In comparison to Kung Fu Panda 2, the numbers were very close to the $66.75 million earned during the six-day opening in 2011. The late January releases have been very challenging, but if a film hits a good momentum, it can pay off for the next few weeks.

Bap seen at DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox World Premiere of 'Kung Fu Panda 3' at TCL Chinese Theater on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox/AP Images)

Hail, Caesar comes in second with $11.4 million this week. This comedy-drama, which is highly rated by critics, is about a Hollywood fixer back in the 1950s who makes his mark in the entertainment industry. Eddie Manix, the protagonist for Hail, Caesar, is trying to fix production and actors’ issues at the Capitol Pictures. While in his latest assignment, he got caught in between a kidnapping which he would need to fix. Hail, Caesar features Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, and more.

On the other hand, the Oscar-nominated film The Revenant fights its way to the third slot. Garnering about $7.1 million this week, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film has made its leap from the indie label to the commercial one. With The Revenant being one of the most talked-about movie this January, people are intrigued about Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance. Overall, The Revenant has already amassed a $238.5 million take in the box-office.

Star Wars To the Top

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes in at No. 4. Though they just reached $6.9 million in the domestic market, they already reached the $2 billion mark in just 53 days. The Walt Disney box-office hit has already made history by being the third movie to ever reach this milestone, and the second movie to achieve this on its second release.

With big numbers on the line, Star Wars: The Force Awakens came in very close with Avatar’s feat since the James Cameron movie reached this milestone on the 42nd day. At the same time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is just $178 million away from the $2.186 billion mark to overtake Avatar.

For the international box-office, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has crossed its $1.1 billion mark. Just like Kung Fu Panda 3, the China market had a big contribution, amounting to about $124.5 million. On the other hand, Europe had the biggest contribution, of about $600 million. It also earned $35 million in Spain, $65.9 million in Australia, $87 million in France, and $107.9 million in Germany.

With the slow release for Zootopia, the buzz for Star Wars: The Force Awakens begins to fade. Still, hitting the $2 billion mark on day 53 is already a big achievement.

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