Kung Fu Panda 4 Crushes Dune: Part Two at Weekend Box Office – Unbelievable!

Universal Pictures was not just getting ready for a significant evening at the Oscars with “Oppenheimer,” but it also rejoiced over the top debut of “Kung Fu Panda 4.” The movie raked in an estimated $58.3 million at domestic box offices over the weekend, as reported on Sunday.

The latest installment in the DreamWorks Animation franchise, “Kung Fu Panda 4,” is the first since the third movie in 2016 and had a stronger opening than all the others, except the original 2008 film. The inaugural “Kung Fu Panda” movie, which introduced Jack Black’s panda warrior Po and his mystical journeys, started with $60.2 million.

What worked to the advantage of “Kung Fu Panda 4” was that it was the first significant family film since “Migration” and “Wonka” were released in theaters in December. The film also made an additional $22.2 million globally.

Last week’s leading film, “Dune: Part Two” by Denis Villeneuve, remained robust in its second week, seeing a modest drop of 44%. The sci-fi sequel managed to earn $46 million in its second week, taking its domestic total to $157 million for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

With positive reviews, good word-of-mouth, and an abundance of sand worms, “Dune: Part Two” seems poised for a lengthy theatrical run. Although most of the Oscar contenders for Sunday have transitioned to home viewing platforms, “Dune” might be seen at the Academy Awards next year. The impressive performances continue to reduce the deficit for the year, which now stands at 10%.

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“Imaginary,” a horror film about an ominous teddy bear from Lionsgate and Blumhouse, opened in third place with a debut of $10 million.

In fourth place was “Cabrini,” a biographical film about the 19th-century Catholic missionary Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (portrayed by Cristiana Dell’Anna). The movie, produced by Angel Studios, the Christian-based company behind the unexpected 2023 hit “Sound of Freedom,” brought in $7.6 million.

A24 also premiered the highly praised neo-noir “Love Lies Bleeding,” featuring Kristen Stewart, on five screens in New York and Los Angeles. It made $167,463, translating to a commendable per-screen average of $33,493.

The following are the estimated ticket sales from Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. The final domestic figures will be disclosed on Monday.

1. “Kung Fu Panda 4,” $58.3 million.

2. “Dune: Part Two,” $46 million.

3. “Imaginary,” $10 million.

4. “Cabrini,” $7.6 million.

5. “Bob Marley: One Love,” $4.1 million.

6. “Ordinary Angels,” $2 million.

7. “Madame Web,” $1.13 million.

8. “Migration,” $1.1 million.

9. “Yolo,” $840,000

10. Met Opera: “La Forza del Destino,” $768,000.
Jake Cole is a film reporter for the Associated Press.

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