Though the reason may seem plausible, another source told the Hollywood Reporter that the film's denied release in China doesn't have to do with Xi's hatred of Winnie the Pooh. Mandy Moore, Amandla Stenberg and Bradley Whitford star in the live-action debut of Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3 director Jennifer Yuh Nelson. But it only received a 68 percent certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The PG-rated movie, which cost $70 million to make and tens of millions more to market, sold about $25 million in tickets in North America, a respectable start if still a long way from profitability. His first, "2016 Obama's America", topped out with $33 million. Here We Go Again ($9 million) and The Equalizer 2 ($8.3 million).
Meanwhile, Disney's "Black Panther" reached a massive milestone. Worldwide, the movie has grossed US$1.3 billion.
"It's one of our smaller films and it's really focused on character and emotion, " said Taff.
Cruise's next mission: Fight off Jason Statham and a prehistoric shark in "The Meg" next weekend to keep the box office crown.
Another A24 title, "Never Goin' Back", opened with US$10,000 on just two screens.
Universal's musical romantic comedy film "Mamma Mia!"
Filmrise's "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" nabbed the highest per-theater-average of the week.
Victor of the best first feature award at the Berlin Film Festival, Carla Simón's semi-autobiographical Summer 1993, the tale of an orphaned six-year-old girl who is sent to live with her aunt and uncle, generated $64,000 on 14 screens and $137,000 including festival screenings for Palace.
Weekend toll: 70 shot - 11 fatally - in Chicago gun violence
Police say they know some of the shootings have been random and some targeted and related to gang conflicts. The murder rate has already become an issue for Mayor Rahm Emanuel , who is up for reelection in February.