KUNG FU PANDA 3 continues its winning legacy, topping the Box Office in its debut this weekend across theatres in North America. It earns $41 million from 3,955 theatres for 20th Century Fox. Despite being the Franchise’s lowest debut to date with a $47 million opening 2012 and a $60 million opening in 2008, it continues to be a highly-bankable venture with Critics praising it with a 79% on the Tomatometer and Audiences feeling the same with an A CinemaScore.
THE REVENANT after topping the Box Office last weekend slips to second spot with $11 million also for 20th Century Fox. It has made $137 million domestically thus far in six weeks.
THE FINEST HOURS opens in third for Disney with $9.7 million from 3,143 theatres. Critics gave the Craig Gillespie (Lars & The Real Girl) Film 59% on the Tomatometer, while Audiences gave it a decent A- CinemaScore giving it some hope for success in coming weeks as word of mouth spreads.
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is in fourth this weekend with $9 million, now in its seventh week out. By this time next week it will have surpassed the $900-million-mark for Disney.
DIRTY GRANDPA is in seventh in its second week out with $6.8 million for VVS Films/Lionsgate Films, surpassing the $20-million-mark.
FIFTY SHADES OF BLACK, a parody of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, opens in ninth for Open Road Films/D Films, with $5.9 million from 2,075 theatres. Critics gave it 13% on the Tomatometer, while Audiences gave it a CinemaScore.
13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI rounds-out the Top Ten with $5.8 million for Paramount Pictures, from 2,803 theatres. It is nearing the $50-million-mark.
Manchester native Holliday Grainger makes a return to Toronto today in support of her latest Film, The Finest Hours. The acclaimed Actress is known best for her work on series like Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Bonnie & Clyde, The Borgias and Films including recent adaptations of Great Expectations, Cinderella and Jane Eyre.
Despite having been listed here for TIFF a few times including 2012 and 2014, Grainger always has managed to escape us! And we’ve totally been wanting to meet her!
Today the lovely star of screen and stage appeared bright and early at CITY‘s Breakfast Television, her first of several interviews coinciding with Bell Let’s Talk Day. She was absolutely gracious, stopping in the cold for Fans for Selfies and Autographs.
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Grainger plays the role of Miriam in Craig Gillespie‘s (Lars & The Real Girl) The Finest Hours, based on the true story of the Pendleton rescue mission attempt in 1952 by Coast Guard ships, wherein two oil tankers were split apart by a Nor’easter. The $80-million-budget Disney Film stars also Casey Affleck, Eric Bana, Chris Pine and Ben Foster.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada release THE FINEST HOURS Friday, February 29, 2016.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada)
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