U.K. Box Office: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Dominates Despite Falling Short of Predecessors

Kung Fu Panda 3 - Still 3 - Mei Mei - H 2016
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'The Divergent Series: Allegiant' landed in second with a mediocre $2.6 million, while 'Grimsby' looks set to be Sacha Baron Cohen's worst performing creation.

London Has Fallen's critic-defying spell at the top of the U.K. box office lasted just a week, cut short thanks to the arrival of an animated endangered animal and the third installment of a young-adult franchise.

Kung Fu Panda easily took the top spot in its first week with an opening haul of $6.8 million, although it was down from its predecessors (2011's Kung Fu Panda 2 took in $8.9 million, while the first pic scored $8.7 million in its first week in June 2008).

And sequel The Divergent Series: Allegiant's $2.6 million bow was enough to see it take No. 2, but fell short of Insurgent's $4.2 million.

In its second week, London Has Fallen added $2.5 million to bring its cume to $9.1 million, already higher than the overall cume of the actioner franchise's first outing Olympus Has Fallen (2013), while Deadpool's additional $1.4 million took its five-week total beyond the $50 million mark.

The Coen brothers' latest pic, Hail, Caesar!, will soon overtake O Brother Where Art Thou? as their fifth-best U.K. outing, reaching $4.6 million thanks to second-week earnings of $900,000.

Further down, Sacha Baron Cohen's Grimsby slipped further in its third week with less than $500,000 to bring its total so far to a disappointing $6.2 million. The film now looks set to be the comic's worst performing title for one of his own creations.

Other newcomers in the top 10 included acclaimed horror pic The Witch, which scared up just over $600,000 to come in No. 7 for Universal international, and Charlie Kaufman animation Anomalisa, which took over $300,000 from just 80 sites.

The coming week sees the release of High-Rise, Ben Wheatley's adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel, which should be buoyed by strong reviews and its lead actor Tom Hiddleston, who has been generating considerable buzz for his role on BBC/AMC drama series The Night Manager.