The box office seems to favor bears and pandas last week, with the high flying antics of ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ topping the box office charts followed by a marauding grizzly that was literally a pain in the neck for Di Caprio’s character in ‘The Revenant’. The Force is still strong even after 2 months with the latest offering of Star Wars franchise with ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.
It was not all smooth sailing, however for Disney’s latest offering, the ‘Finest Hours’. Debuting in fourth place, the movie gathered only US$10.3 million on its first week of showing, more than 30 million as compared to the whopping sales figures for Dreamwork’s ‘Kung Panda 3’. Based on a real-life retelling of the US Coast Guard’s most daring rescue mission, ‘The Finest Hour stars Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, and Ben Foster costing around US$80 million to make.
The nautical theme might have seemed too similar to the recently released “In the Heart of the Sea” for audiences rendering the Finest Hours somewhat sterile in terms of content and relevance. Truth be told, it may not be a great movie in general but it is big in terms of budget and special effects being the only movie without the typical superhero/sci-fi flavor that the Mouse House is now keen to offer.
We hope to see a better week for the Finest Hours. Here is the rest of our top ten box office hits from last week:
- “Kung Fu Panda 3,” $41 million ($75.7 million international).
- “The Revenant,” $12.4 million ($24.3 million international).
- “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” $10.8 million ($12.6 million international).
- “The Finest Hours,” $10.3 million ($1.6 million international).
- “Ride Along 2,” $8.3 million ($5.1 million international).
- “The Boy,” $7.9 million ($3.5 million international).
- “Dirty Grandpa,” $7.6 million ($5.5 million international).
- “The 5th Wave,” $7 million ($13 million international).
- “Fifty Shades of Black,” $6.2 million ($200,000 international).
- “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” $6 million ($1.5 million international).