Feb 10, 2016

    Kung Fu Panda 3 chews up rivals again

    KUNG Fu Panda 3 easily bested its rivals to top the North American box office for a second straight time, raking in US$21.2 million (S$29.8 million) on a slow Super Bowl weekend, industry figures showed on Monday.

    Dreamworks' computer-animated comedy - the third instalment in the popular franchise - follows the adventures of Po as he evolves from martial-arts student to teacher, and features the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie.

    It has so far taken in US$69.2 million since its release, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

    Hail, Caesar! - a 1950s kidnap caper from the Coen brothers about a Hollywood fixer trying to keep a studio's stars under his thumb - debuted in second place with US$11.4 million.

    George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum and Josh Brolin lead the all-star cast amassed by the sibling film-makers.

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens came in third - but the big news is that it surpassed the US$2 billion mark in global ticket sales, and set a new domestic mark, passing the US$900 million level.

    The highly anticipated seventh instalment in the popular blockbuster space saga released in December now trails only Avatar and Titanic on the all-time worldwide box-office list.

    For the weekend, it took in just under US$7 million.

    Fourth place went to The Revenant, a grisly survival and revenge thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The critically acclaimed film, which has been showered with Oscar nominations, earned US$6.9 million.

    Coming in fifth was The Choice, a romantic drama based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name. The film took in US$6.1 million during its debut weekend.