The third installment in animated franchise removed Leonardo DiCaprio-starring ‘The Revenant’ from top spot.
Kung Fu Panda 3 kicked its way to the top of the North American box office over the weekend, bouncing The Revenant to the number two spot, industry estimates showed Sunday.
The computer-animated comedy from Fox—the third installment of the Kung Fu Panda franchise—took in an estimated $41 million its first weekend in North American theaters, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.
Following the adventures of Po as he evolves from martial arts student to teacher, the U.S.-Chinese production features the voices of stars Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie.
The Revenant, a grisly tale of backcountry survival and revenge starring Leonardo DiCaprio and showered with Oscar nominations, settled into second after topping the rankings last week. Exhibitor Relations estimated the film made $12.4 million its sixth week in theaters.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, continued its blockbuster run for a seventh week, pulling in another $10.8 million. It has piled up $895.4 million in North American ticket sales in seven weeks. Fourth was The Finest Hours, a rescue-at-sea drama that made an estimated $10.3 million on its debut weekend.
Starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck, it’s based on the true story of a 1952 rescue of a ship that breaks apart during a raging New England nor’easter.
Comedy Ride Along 2 was fifth with $8.3 million in receipts. A sequel starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, the comedy has been in theaters for three weeks.
Rounding out the top 10 were:
The Boy, $7.9 million
Dirty Grandpa, $7.6 million
The 5th Wave, $7 million
Fifty Shades of Black, $6.2 million
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, $6 million