Kung Fu Panda 3 chops its way to the top of the U.S box office
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Kung Fu Panda 3 chops its way to the top of the U.S box office

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Jack Black’s latest cartoon caper Kung Fu Panda 3 has karate-kicked the opposition to take the U.S. box office crown.

The sequel, which also features the voices of Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, and Kate Hudson, has debuted at number one with an impressive $41 million, according to studio estimates. Although the movie has taken the lead at this week’s box office, Rotten Tomatoes reports Kung Fu Panda 3, which was made with a budget of $145 million, debuted with the lowest earnings out of all three films in the franchise.

Back in 2010, DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg revealed there are six chapters in the Kung Fu Panda movie series.

And in an interview earlier this month (Jan16), Kung Fu Panda 3 co-director Alessandro Carloni noted although several franchise installments are in the works, all of these movies are being treated as standalone releases.

“With the sequels, we don’t want to try to have them feel open-ended,” Carloni told Collider. “We want it to feel like a completed journey, and we feel this movie (Kung Fu Panda 3) does (offer a firm conclusion). And then, if a fantastic story presents itself, great.”

The Revenant takes second place at the weekend box office with earnings of $12.4 million. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the movie about 19th century fur trappers’ fight for survival, with the star having picked up a Screen Actors Guild award on Saturday (30Jan16) for his role as wilderness man Hugh Glass in the picture.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens rounds out the top three with another $10.8 million. The record-breaking sci-fi blockbuster is on course to pass $900 million domestically this week.

Chris Pine and Casey Affleck’s deep sea rescue drama The Finest Hours debuts at four with a disappointing $10.3 million, and Kevin Hart and Ice Cube’s comedy Ride Along 2 comes in at five.

– Cover Media

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