US Box Office: the return of Kung Fu Panda and the dominance of Dune 2

At the US box office, Kung Fu Panda 4 grosses 55 million dollars in its first weekend, while Dune 2 exceeds 150 million dollars.

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US cinemas had been missing a major animated film in the schedule for almost three months. With perfect timing, Kung Fu Panda 4 arrived, benefiting from the lack of competition for family audiences and achieving great numbers in its debut.

Universal's action comedy grossed $19.4 million at 4,035 theaters in its opening and preview screenings. This makes Kung Fu Panda 4 the film with the best debut ever within the animated series born in 2008 (the first film grossed 60.2 million dollars in the space of three days). This new fourth film won't reach those heights, as it's expected to open $55 million, but it will certainly surpass the figures earned by the 2010 sequel ($47.6 million) and the 2016 threequel ($41.2 million of dollars).

It's a successful start for DreamWorks Animation's feature film, especially considering it has a production budget of just $85 million, just over half the price of previous films, and reviews are mostly positive. Denis Villeneuve's Dune sequel has already surpassed its 2021 predecessor's $108 million gross at the US box office. That film was released both on streaming and in theaters, arriving in a market still rebuilding from the COVID pandemic. 

It's quite remarkable that Dune: Part Two outperformed its predecessor in just over a week of release, and Warner Bros.' latest release is set to continue growing. It is expected to reach a total of $150 million by the end of the weekend. Lionsgate's horror film Imaginary sits in third place after grossing $3.6 million from 3,118 theaters. It's not the most surprising figure, but the expected total of around $10 million in three days of release would be a great starting point for the Blumhouse thriller, which comes from a rather cheap production budget of $12 million. However, the reviews were not very warm.

Source: Variety