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  • Hey guys,

    Before KFP3's release, box office analysts projected it would make in between the first and the second films gross ($631 million and $665 million respectively. Kung Fu Panda 3 has "only" grossed $437 million, as well as having the lowest domestic opening weekend of any of the films.


    Could this "disappointing" gross affect a sequel being produced?

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    • Hard to say overall. I'm not an expert, but I'll give some of my thoughts on it:

      I wouldn't call the film a disappointment considering how reasonably well it did compared to its flopped predecessors. However, there were definitely flaws with the film that multiple parties of people acknowledged, and that's what I think ultimately affected its performance. So I think there will still be more KFP films if DreamWorks wants to do them. They'll still need to work at keeping their studio afloat with their other stuff though (like Netflix).

      As far as the lowest domestic opening, I don't think DreamWorks was aiming for a domestic hit, but an international one, particularly with China since they set up shop there with Oriental DreamWorks. The film did extremely well and even beat out its old record with KFP2 and China's all-time opening weekend record.

      But, guess what came in and beat THAT recently? Yep, Zootopia - what I think is another result of today's culture being what I call "Disney-whooped". -_- I haven't seen the film myself yet, so I guess I'm hypocritical in that statement, but the point of the phrase is: if Disney puts their name on something, it's almost guaranteed to do well (if not better), even if in reality it's about as good as (or maybe worse) than its competitors' work.

      BUT, then again (small tangent here), I had a friend point this out to me: DreamWorks is typically good at making sequels, whereas Disney is typically good at making standalones. DreamWorks' non-sequel standalones are usually hit-or-miss, but Disney's sequels (not including Pixar films) I think have all somehow flopped, or at least done noticeably worse than the first film. So I'm really wondering how the Frozen sequels are going to work out. :P

      Anyway, competition aside, they wanted to get a good international leg-up. But because they had spread-out release dates all around the world, I think that strategy backfired a bit. The film ended up being uploaded on the Internet illegally, and I think those who observed the film's success and wanted to see it eventually found a way. I'm not saying that that's the one and only reason it ruined DreamWorks' strategy, but I'm also not saying that it didn't do anything. Lol, a few negatives in there, but hopefully you get my point. This is why I was so against the fandom spreading around KFP3 stuff from those illegal sources.

      Again, not an expert, but those are some thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head the past couple of months.

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    • Most likely yes. Dreamworks needs money to keep their company afloat and if continuing the KFP series isn't good financially, then we may not see the 6 movies that they originally planned to do. I hope that KFP doesn't end up like Shrek.

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    • Two words: January release.

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    • Spottedstar said:

      As far as the lowest domestic opening, I don't think DreamWorks was aiming for a domestic hit, but an international one, particularly with China since they set up shop there with Oriental DreamWorks. The film did extremely well and even beat out its old record with KFP2 and China's all-time opening weekend record.

      I already knew how much of a success it was in China, steadily growing with each movie, I'm impressed (a whole different thread why that's impressive) and thought it'd would've translated well domesticall (well english speaking countries). But wow, didn't know they branched dream works to opperate in China. I guess it's a good way to keep the genuine feeling to the film that they did so well previously and also do that seperate voice syncing, dedication! 

      But yes I definately see that because it's the 3rd it's lost some of the "orginality" in that people are less likely to see it when they want to see something new. Like you said the disney factor. I went to see zootopia, it was enjoable and nearly on the same level as KFP3, but think about all the people who haven't seen KFP previously, they might feel like they are missing out on something. 

      In fact my friend had to drag me in because I haven't watched 2 yet and really felt like I would miss too much but I'm glad I saw it in the cinema and supported it, there are some films/universe that you really just enjoy that much, money is no matter and it's something you bring family and friends to share the experience and lessons. Kung Fu Panda is pretty uniquie in that sense, I'm an adult but even my friends are appreciators.  

      Hope they continue making the next ones strong for the original fans as it means alot to us and we'd like to keep the good feelings/joy (from watching the movie) comming!

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    • SimpleNoodleShopPanda said:
      Spottedstar said:

      As far as the lowest domestic opening, I don't think DreamWorks was aiming for a domestic hit, but an international one, particularly with China since they set up shop there with Oriental DreamWorks. The film did extremely well and even beat out its old record with KFP2 and China's all-time opening weekend record.

      I already knew how much of a success it was in China, steadily growing with each movie, I'm impressed (a whole different thread why that's impressive) and thought it'd would've translated well domesticall (well english speaking countries). But wow, didn't know they branched dream works to opperate in China. I guess it's a good way to keep the genuine feeling to the film that they did so well previously and also do that seperate voice syncing, dedication! 

      But yes I definately see that because it's the 3rd it's lost some of the "orginality" in that people are less likely to see it when they want to see something new. Like you said the disney factor. I went to see zootopia, it was enjoable and nearly on the same level as KFP3, but think about all the people who haven't seen KFP previously, they might feel like they are missing out on something. 

      In fact my friend had to drag me in because I haven't watched 2 yet and really felt like I would miss too much but I'm glad I saw it in the cinema and supported it, there are some films/universe that you really just enjoy that much, money is no matter and it's something you bring family and friends to share the experience and lessons. Kung Fu Panda is pretty uniquie in that sense, I'm an adult but even my friends are appreciators.  

      Hope they continue making the next ones strong for the original fans as it means alot to us and we'd like to keep the good feelings/joy (from watching the movie) comming!

      0_0 

      You haven't see the best film of the KFP series (IMO), Kung Fu Panda 2? You gotta see it. Like, soon. Like...NOW lol

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    • Haha whaaat, I would've never thought that 2 or 3 could ever top the first! Epseically since it just came out of the blue and really struck a cord with me and I'm sure many of us. 

      But thanks for giving hope, I'm actually looking forward now to catching up on it when I get the chance :)

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