Kung Fu Panda 4 & Dune: Part Two Dominate Box Office, Arthur the King Struggles!

“Kung Fu Panda 4” continued to dominate the North American box office in its second week of release. The animated film by Universal and DreamWorks Animation pulled in $30 million in ticket sales, as reported by studio estimates on Sunday.

The franchise, which features the vocal talent of Jack Black, has generated over $1.9 billion in box office revenue since its inception in 2008. It has led to the creation of several animated series, short films, video games, and a holiday special. The fourth movie, currently screening in 4,067 locations across North America, has grossed $107.7 million domestically so far.

This weekend saw the release of several new films in over 1,000 theaters, including Lionsgate’s canine-themed movie “Arthur the King” starring Mark Wahlberg and the satirical comedy “The American Society of Magical Negroes” by Focus Features. A24’s Kristen Stewart-fronted fitness thriller “Love Lies Bleeding” also broadened its reach.

Despite the new releases, well-established franchises still dominated the box office. “Dune: Part Two” secured a close second spot in its third weekend, earning $29.1 million, a drop of just 37% from the previous weekend. It has so far grossed $205.3 million domestically. The first film, which was concurrently released in theaters and on streaming platforms, made around $435 million globally, while “Part Two” is fast approaching the $500 million mark worldwide.

“Arthur the King” was the top newcomer, taking the third spot with $7.5 million from 3,003 locations. The studio had expected a return in the $8 million to $10 million range. Given its low production costs and international presales, the film should generate a profit. Directed by Simon Cellan Jones and penned by Michael Brandt, the film is based on the true story of an adventure racer who befriends a stray dog during a challenging 435-mile journey in the Dominican Republic. The film also features Simu Liu as one of Wahlberg’s teammates. With an A CinemaScore, the studio is counting on positive word-of-mouth to drive ticket sales in the following weeks.

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“Love Lies Bleeding” expanded to 1,362 locations, generating $2.5 million. Written and directed by Rose Glass, the film is a sultry, ‘80s-inspired thriller about a secluded gym manager (Stewart) and a passing bodybuilder (Katy O’Brian).

“The American Society of Magical Negroes” opened in 1,147 theaters, earning an estimated $1.3 million. Audience exit data reveal that 52% of the opening weekend audience was Black. Written and directed by Kobi Libii, the film is a satire about a clandestine society of Black people committed to making white lives easier. The film stars Justice Smith and David Alan Grier.

In the weekend following the Oscars, “Poor Things” added an additional $2.3 million globally, bringing its total to $112.6 million.

Next weekend, audiences can look forward to the arrival of “Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire” in theaters, carrying with it the power of well-known branding and nostalgia.

“When there isn’t a new release dominating the market, it usually results in a relatively slow weekend,” stated Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “We’re now eagerly waiting for ‘Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire’ and ‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire.’ This duo should wrap up the month of March on a high note.”

He continued: “We’ll need to exercise a bit of patience until we reach May and the release of ‘The Fall Guy’ and the start of the summer movie season. But there are some fantastic films on the horizon.”

Ticket sales estimates cover Friday through Sunday at theaters in the U.S. and Canada, as reported by Comscore. The final domestic figures will be published on Monday.

1. “Kung Fu Panda 4,” $30 million.

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2. “Dune: Part Two,” $29.1 million

3. “Arthur the King,” $7.5 million.

4. “Imaginary,” $5.6 million.

5. “Cabrini, ”$2.8 million.

6. “Love Lies Bleeding,” $2.5 million.

7. “Bob Marley: One Love,” $2.3 million.

8. “One Life,” $1.7 million

9. “The American Society of Magical Negroes,” $1.3 million

10. “Ordinary Angels,” $1 million

Article penned by an Associated Press correspondent.

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