Box Office: “Panda 3” fattens up — $40 million opening

boxThird film in the franchise, shoved into January because of diminishing expectations (though reviews weren’t awful).

“Kung Fu Panda 3” is dining out on the lack of suitable kiddie fare at the box office, with families pouring $40 million into Dreamworks’ coffers by midnight Sunday, based on Friday’s robust post-blizzard numbers.

“The Revenant” is still earning over $11 million a weekend and looks to have in the $180 range ($137 now) in hand before the Academy Awards next month.

“The Finest Hours” is probably taking some of that manly heroics (and true story) audience from “Revenant,” but without Oscar buzz and without Leo. Chris Pine acquits himself well, critics know nothing of the sea, or manly pursuits, frankly). A middling $10 million opening for that one.

“Fifty Shades of Black” isn’t doing the Wayans’ bank accounts any favors. Just $6 million.

“Dirty Grandpa” is dying, “The Boy” fading to black.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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