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“Kung Fu Panda 3” Dominates Weekend Box Office; “Finest Hours,” “50 Shades of Black” Underwhelm

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While not as strong out of the gate as its predecessors, “Kung Fu Panda 3” still easily claimed victory at the weekend box office.

The film earned an estimated $41.0 million this weekend. Down from the $47.7m first week total amassed by “Kung Fu Panda 2” and $60.2m first week total grossed by “Kung Fu Panda,” the figure bests that of the closest competitor by a factor of more than three.

“The Revenant,” that closest competitor, earned $12.4 million this weekend.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” takes #3 with $10.8 million, while new release “The Finest Hour” settles for #4. The film, which launched on 3,143 screens, earned a modest $10.3 million this weekend.

“Ride Along 2,” the weekend’s #5 film, grossed $8.3 million.

— In addition to “Kung Fu Panda 3” and “The Finest Hours,” the weekend also welcomed new release “Fifty Shades of Black.” The film, which earned a light $6.2 million from 2,075 screens, debuts at #9.

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Written by Dolph Malone

Dolph Malone is a senior editor for Headline Planet and a key contributor to the music and television sectors of the publication.

An avid pop culture spectator, Dolph also helms Headline Planet's social media reporting. He, specifically, covers entertainment stories that are breaking in the key social networks.

Contact Dolph at dolph.malone[at]headlineplanet.com.

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