US Box Office: Kung Fu Panda 4 and Dune 2 dominate the weekend

The US Box Office in the weekend that anticipated the awarding of the 2024 Oscars experienced an interesting head-to-head between Kung Fu Panda 4 and Dune Part Two. Who will have won?

Kung Fu Panda 4/Dune 2

Despite the excellent performance recorded in its second weekend in theaters, the victory at the American box office went to Kung Fu Panda 4, the new chapter of the successful animated saga by DreamWorks Animation/Universal Pictures. But let's see how things went in detail. In the three days of programming, Kung Fu Panda 4 collected an estimated gross (via BoxOfficePro) of 58.3 million dollars, with an average per theater of more than 14 thousand dollars. Statistics in hand, the estimated one represents the second most of the entire Kung Fu Panda saga behind the first iconic chapter 2008 (60.2 million). 

In perspective, that of Kung Fu Panda 4 is in line with that recorded by Monsters vs. Aliens of 2009, also released in March and always under the DreamWorks Animation brand. Before its debut in theaters, the animated film was accompanied by very positive scores from both the public and critics: in this regard, we note a CinemaScore "A-", an 80% positivity on PostTrak, but also a 69% (critics) and 87% (audiences) on Rotten Tomatoes. These figures could offer the film long legs and lasting earnings.

As anticipated, Dune Part Two kept pace very well, dropping 44% compared to the debut weekend. The takings accrued over the weekend were 46 million dollars, and now the partial score has risen to 157.02 million, well above the total achieved by the first chapter (109.9 million). Internationally, the second part of Dune grossed another 81 million dollars from 72 foreign markets. The Worldwide total currently stands at 367.5 million, with a release in Japan expected in 5 days. Finally, third place on the US Box Office podium went to the horror film Imaginary, whose debut earned 10 million dollars, less than 3 million from the total cost of its declared budget (13 million).