The weight is finally here! I’m Realistic Fish Head. Po, the famous dragon warrior is back in action as Kung Fu Panda 3 leads the box office with 41 million as he kicks the competition away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Revenant. With high hopes that DreamWorks will rebound from last year’s losses Gene, can Po continue holding on as he starts to train his family to become warriors like him?
Kung Fu Panda 3 easily led the box office this weekend with an estimated $41.0 million. However, the 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation opened below expectations, which had been boosted a bit as a result of strong online pre-sales heading into the weekend. Kung Fu Panda 3 debuted 21 percent below the $52.11 million debut of last year’s Home and 14 percent below the $47.66 million opening weekend take of 2011’s Kung Fu Panda 2 (which was deflated a bit from opening on a Thursday). Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Kung Fu Panda 3 did register the third largest January debut of all time (behind only American Sniper and Ride Along).
Kung Fu Panda 3 opened with $10.5 million on Friday, was up a strong 74 percent on Saturday to gross $18.3 million and is estimated to decline 33 percent on Sunday to gross $12.2 million. That places the film’s estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.90 to 1. With no new family films going into wide release during the month of February, Kung Fu Panda 3 will have a strong chance of holding up well going forward. The film’s strong A rating on CinemaScore is a good sign for Kung Fu Panda 3 going forward as well.
Fellow Fox release The Revenant placed in a distant second with an estimated $12.4 million. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed western starring Leonardo DiCaprio was down a slim 23 percent, as holdovers in general benefited this weekend from last weekend’s grosses being deflated by both Winter Storm Jonas and last Sunday’s NFL Conference Championship Games. The Revenant continues to exceed expectations with $138.17 million after 24 days of wide release (and an additional two weeks of platform release). The film is currently running an impressive 28 percent ahead of the $108.01 million 24-day take of 2010’s Shutter Island.
Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens claimed third place with an estimated $10.78 million. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise was down just 23 percent from last weekend’s deflated performance. This weekend’s hold was especially impressive given that The Force Awakens was playing in 809 fewer locations this weekend than it was last weekend. With a record-breaking 45-day gross of $895.43 million, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now just $4.57 million away from becoming the first film ever to reach the $900 million unadjusted domestic mark.
Fellow Disney release The Finest Hours followed closely behind in fourth place with an estimated $10.33 million debut. The 3D action drama starring Chris Pine debuted towards the higher end of its modest expectations, but performed softly with its price tag in mind. The Finest Hours opened 6.5 percent below the recent $11.05 million debut of In the Heart of the Sea. However, The Finest Hours is likely to hold up significantly better than In the Heart of the Sea did, thanks in part to not opening the weekend before The Force Awakens. The Finest Hours received a healthy A- rating on CinemaScore.
Ride Along 2 rounded out the weekend’s top five with an estimated $8.35 million. Universal’s PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart was down 33 percent, as the film held up much better this weekend than it did last weekend. Ride Along 2 has grossed $70.78 million in 17 days. That is below expectations and places the film 24 percent behind the $92.70 million 17-day take of 2014’s Ride Along (which fell 43.5 percent in its third weekend to gross $12.04 million).
Last weekend’s three new wide releases all held up nicely this weekend and all three films remained fairly bunched together. STX Entertainment’s The Boy was down just 27 percent to take sixth with an estimated $7.89 million; Lionsgate’s Dirty Grandpa declined 32 percent to follow in seventh with an estimated $7.58 million and Sony’s The 5th Wave also fell 32 percent to land in eighth place with an estimated $7.00 million. Respective ten day grosses stand at $22.82 million for Dirty Grandpa, at $21.53 million for The Boy and at $20.19 million for The 5th Wave.
Meanwhile, Open Road’s Fifty Shades of Black disappointed this weekend with an estimated ninth place start of just $6.19 million. The Marlon Wayans led R-rated comedy debuted below its already scaled back expectations and a very underwhelming 30 percent below the $8.84 million start of 2014’s A Haunted House 2. Given the performances of Wayans’ more recent films, Fifty Shades of Black is likely to fall off extremely quickly going forward. The film’s lackluster C rating on CinemaScore won’t do it any favors either.
To recap, Kung Fu Panda 3 unleashes its awesomeness 1st, The Revenant and Star Wars: The Force Awakens hold on 2nd and 3rd thanks to the dragon warrior, Finest Hours closes in 4th, and Ride Along 2, surpassed also by the 1st flick from the dragon warrior, drops 5th.
The Oscars are just a month away as diversity came to the SAG Awards last week after the academy voters complied with the new rules. On the TV side, Downton Abbey’s final season is underway and is desperate for more wins. While on the movie side Revenant star Lenardo Di Caprio was looking forward to increase his performance before the Oscars. Did both sides earn them a SAG Award Angie?
Spotlight revived its awards-season momentum tonight, taking the trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 22nd annual SAG Awards. The Revenant‘s Leonardo DiCaprio scored his first win in nine nominations, and Room star Brie Larson won for her first.
Meanwhile, diversity was more than a trend at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles: Idris Elba won twice, Viola Davis and Uzo Aduba both picked up a their second consecutive Actor trophies — for How To Get Away With Murder and Orange Is The New Black, respectively — and Queen Latifah won for Bessie.
Introducing the Beasts of No Nation clip, Elba said: “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV.” Earlier, OITNB co-star Laura Prepon summed things up in accepting the show’s cast award: “Look at this stage. This is what we talk about when we talk about diversity — different race, color creed, sexual orientation.”
Netflix and repeat winners ruled on the TV side. The comedy cast Actor went to the streaming service’s Orange Is The New Black for a second consecutive year, and Downton Abbey won the drama prize for the third time in four years. Meanwhile, Netflix also was behind the repeat wins for Uduba and Kevin Spacey, the latter for House Of Cards, and Elba’s supporting turn in the feature Beasts Of No Nation. (He also won for BBC America’s Luther.) Rival streamer Amazon got a win with Jeffrey Tambor’s star turn in Transparent.
The Actors Branch is the largest in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, so DiCaprio and Larson could have a leg up on Oscar night. Ten of the 20 Best Ensemble winners at the SAG awards have gone on to Academy Award glory (the category was introduced in the awards’ second year). Birdman turned the double trick last year, and that film’s Michael Keaton was onstage at the end for a second straight year as part of the Spotlight cast.
Carol Burnett, the Queen of Sketch Comedy, got a pair of standing ovations while accepting her Life Achievement Award. “When I got my variety show, one of the major things I wanted to do, and I loved doing, was our takeoff of movies,” she said. “This time we had costumes designed by the brilliant Bob Mackie, a full orchestra … in essence we mounted a musical comedy revue every week — and oh God we had fun.”
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, no strangers to sketch comedy on TV, were reverent in presenting the award. “We both grew up watching The Carol Burnett Show,” said Fey. “Besides seeing how funny she was and how beautiful she was, she was also the boss and it was her show.” That, she said, made her realize “we could get paid to make comedy with our friends and also be their boss.” Added Poehler: “We watched Carol with our moms, and our moms taught us 90% of what we needed to be the women we are today. And the other 10% is Carol.”
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films)
BILLY CRUDUP / Eric MacLeish
BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES / Matty Carroll
MICHAEL KEATON / Walter “Robby” Robinson
RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer
MARK RUFFALO / Michael Rezendes
LIEV SCHREIBER / Marty Baron
JOHN SLATTERY / Ben Bradlee, Jr.
STANLEY TUCCI / Mitchell Garabedian
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / Hugh Glass – “THE REVENANT” (20th Century Fox)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
BRIE LARSON / Ma – “ROOM” (A24)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS)
HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert, Earl of Grantham
LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley
JIM CARTER / Mr. Carson
RAQUEL CASSIDY / Baxter
BRENDAN COYLE / Mr. Bates
TOM CULLEN / Anthony Gillingham
MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley
KEVIN DOYLE / Mr. Molesley
JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates
LILY JAMES / Lady Rose
ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow
ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson
PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes
ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham
SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy
LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore
JULIAN OVENDEN / Charles Blake
DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
IDRIS ELBA / DCI John Luther – “LUTHER” (BBC America)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
QUEEN LATIFAH / Bessie Smith – “BESSIE” (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
IDRIS ELBA / Commandant – “BEASTS OF NO NATION” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
ALICIA VIKANDER / Gerda Wegener – “THE DANISH GIRL” (Focus Features)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
MIKE BIRBIGLIA / Danny Pearson
MARSHA STEPHANIE BLAKE / Berdie Rogers
DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
LAVERNE COX / Sophia Burset
JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales
CATHERINE CURTIN / Wanda Bell
LEA DELARIA / Carrie “Big Boo” Black
BETH FOWLER / Sister Jane Ingalls
JOEL MARSH GARLAND / Scott O’Neill
KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso
ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Sam Healy
VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Black Cindy
KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov
EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
JEFFREY TAMBOR / Maura Pfefferman – “TRANSPARENT” (Amazon)
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
“MAD MAX: FURY ROAD” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
“GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
Last December, Universal and Illumination released a teaser trailer for the new animated flick, The Secret Life of Pets. The folks behind the Despicable Me franchise released their 2nd trailer last week to clear things up for moviegoers to see. What’s this new flick about Dan?
Dan Barry (via Animation World)- On the heels of the holiday-themed trailer released in December, Illumination Entertainment has unveiled the second full-length trailer and new poster art for its upcoming animated feature, The Secret Life of Pets.
For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.
While the first trailer showed viewers the cute little secrets of the admittedly adorable pets, the latest version provides a little more story, outlining an oddball-buddy plot. Louis C.K. voices Max, a terrier living in New York City. He loves life with his owner Katie (Ellie Kemper), and is dismayed when she brings home a new “brother” for Max, a big sloppy mutt named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). One thing leads to another, and before they know it Max and Duke find themselves caught up in an army of abandoned pets led by a bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart).
Here’s the official synopsis:
Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max’s life as a favorite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke. They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is building an army of abandoned pets determined to take revenge on all happy-owned pets and their owners.
Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.
The Secret Life of Pets is in theaters July 8, 2016.
1,516 fans are on the board on the Penguins tally as All-Star week hits the sports world.
Speaking of all stars, your favorite NBA players invade Cartoon Network this week with new episodes of We Bare Bears, Clerence, and Teen Titans Go as part of the NBA All Star Jam. On Nick, catch 5 new episodes of Paradise Run. On Friday night, don’t miss Fairly OddParents, Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Harvey Beaks, and Sanjay and Craig. This is Realistic Fish Head saying, root for your favorite players all-star style!