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Box Office Breakdown: Kung Fu Panda Fights Off Competition

Kung Fu Panda

Theatergoers in need of more family-friendly fare pushed to the top of the charts this past weekend. The comedy - and its $60.2 million take - was the third best animated opener for DreamWorks Animation (behind the first two Shrek films) and the 8th of all time (just ahead of Cars). Panda was also the first time a Jack Black film debuted at #1.

Meanwhile, another laugher was raking in impressive numbers of its own. - the latest production from Adam Sandler - grossed $38.5 million to take second place. Zohan‘s total falls in line with the rest of Sandler’s films from the past 10 years. Since 1998, the actor’s comedic projects have all seen $30+ million opens. (Last year’s I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry took in $34.2 million.)

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Here are some of the other noteworthy mentions from this weekend:

  • plummeted 64% from its record-breaking weekend and landed in 4th place. Nevertheless, Sex is set to break the $100 million mark shortly.
  • After only 4 weeks in the Top Ten, Warner Bros.’ has already pulled a flat. The movie is now in a disappointing #13. (In comparison, Forgetting Sarah Marshall - which opened back in April - is now in 11th place.)

1. Kung Fu Panda, Paramount, $60,239,130 (avg. $14,642)
2. You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, Sony, $38,531,374 (avg. $11,130)
3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Paramount, $22,793,630 (avg. $5440)
4. Sex and the City, New Line, $21,218,305 (avg. $6381)
5. The Strangers, Rogue Pictures, $8,941,970 (avg. $3610)
6. Iron Man, Paramount, $7,477,439 (avg. $2551)
7. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Disney, $5,658,836 (avg. $1846)
8. What Happens in Vegas, 20th Century Fox, $3,437,801 (avg. $1453)
9. Baby Mama, Universal, $806,750 (avg. $875)
10. Made of Honor, Sony, $804,055 (avg. $1087)

(You can review last week’s numbers here.)

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