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‘Panda 3’ pummels ‘Choice’, ‘Caesar!’

Algerian actress Soria Zeroual poses with her nomination certificate for Best Actress during the nominations event for the 2016 César Film Awards, on Feb 6, in Paris. The 41st Ceremony for the Cesar Film Award, considered as the highest film honour in  France, will take place on Feb 26. (AFP)
Algerian actress Soria Zeroual poses with her nomination certificate for Best Actress during the nominations event for the 2016 César Film Awards, on Feb 6, in Paris. The 41st Ceremony for the Cesar Film Award, considered as the highest film honour in France, will take place on Feb 26. (AFP)

LOS ANGELES, Feb 7, (RTRS): Animated Jack Black romp “Kung Fu Panda 3” is ruling the box office for a second straight weekend, steamrolling new releases “Hail, Caesar!”, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “The Choice” on its way to a three-day haul of $22 million.

Unspooling in 3,987 locations, DreamWorks Animation’s “Panda” should finish the weekend with a total domestic gross of up to $70 million. It generated $5.3 million in Friday receipts. The original “Kung Fu Panda” took in a U.S. total of $215 million when it hit theaters in 2008, and its sequel tallied $165 million in 2011. This chapter of Po the Panda’s story, rated PG and distributed by Fox, also stars Kate Hudson and Bryan Cranston.

Behind “Panda” is the latest from the Coen brothers, “Hail, Caesar!,” which took in $4.3 million Friday from 2,232 locations. The Universal release should finish the weekend with up to $12 million for its opening frame. George Clooney, Channing Tatum and Scarlett Johansson star in the comedy about at 1950s Hollywood fixer.

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