BOX OFFICE: ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ repeats No. 1 spot in receipts

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Po, voiced by Jack Black, in a scene from DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda 4." (DreamWorks Animation/Universal Pictures via AP)
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Po, voiced by Jack Black, in a scene from DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda 4." (DreamWorks Animation/Universal Pictures via AP)

"Kung Fu Panda 4" stayed at the top of the North American box office in its second weekend in theaters. The Universal and DreamWorks Animation movie earned $30 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The franchise -- featuring the voice of Jack Black -- is responsible for more than $1.9 billion at the box office since it premiered in 2008 and spawned several animated series, shorts, video games and a holiday special. The fourth installment, playing in 4,067 locations in North America, has already made $107.7 million domestically.

There were several new movies arriving in more than 1,000 theaters (or expanding) last weekend, including Lionsgate's Mark Wahlberg dog movie "Arthur the King," Focus Features' comedic satire "The American Society of Magical Negroes," A24's Kristen Stewart-led bodybuilding thriller "Love Lies Bleeding," and the Anthony Hopkins/Johnny Flynn drama "One Life," a BBC Films co-production.

But the charts still belonged to the franchises, including "Dune: Part Two," which came in a very close second in its third weekend, with $29.1 million. That's down only 37% from two weekends ago. It has now made $205.3 million domestically. The first film, which was released simultaneously in theaters and on streaming, capped out at about $435 million globally, while "Part Two" is already at almost $500 million worldwide.

"Arthur the King" did the best of the newcomers, landing in third place with $7.5 million from 3,003 locations. The studio went into the weekend expecting something in the $8 million to $10 million range. Its low production cost and international presales should yield profits. Directed by Simon Cellan Jones and written by Michael Brandt, the movie is based on the true story of an adventure racer who befriends a stray dog on a perilous 435-mile trek in the Dominican Republic. Simu Liu plays one of Wahlberg's teammates. With an A CinemaScore, the studio is hoping positive word of mouth will increase sales in the coming weeks.

"Love Lies Bleeding" opened in 1,362 locations to $2.5 million. Written and directed by Rose Glass ("Saint Maud"), it's a pulpy '80s-set Western thriller about an isolated gym manager (Stewart) and a bodybuilder (Katy O'Brian) passing through town.

"The American Society of Magical Negroes" opened in 1,147 theaters and made an estimated $1.3 million. According to exit data, 52% of the opening weekend audience was Black. The movie, written and directed by Kobi Libii, is a satire about a secret society of Black people dedicated to making white lives easier. Justice Smith and David Alan Grier star.

"One Life," based on the true story of an Englishman who helped save 669 refugee children from the Nazis at the start of WWII, came in at $1.7 million.

In the first weekend following the Oscars, "Poor Things" added $2.3 million globally, bumping its total to $112.6 million.

Holdovers include "Imaginary" with $5.6 million, "Cabrini" with $2.8 million, "Bob Marley: One Love" with $2.3 million, and "Ordinary Angels" with $1 million.

This weekend, "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" will arrive in theaters, armed with proton packs and brand name recognition.

"When there's not a newcomer dominating the marketplace, it makes for a rather slow weekend," said Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for Comscore. "Now we're just waiting for 'Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire' and 'Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire.' That combo should take us out of the month of March on a high note."

He added: "We're going to have to have a lot of patience until we get to May and 'The Fall Guy' and the summer movie season. But there's some great movies on the way."

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