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Sequels dominate the box office, as ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ earns $8.8M Friday

A still of Po, the cartoon lead character from the movie
Jack Black returns to voice Po in "Kung Fu Panda 4."

Film buffs on Friday secured back-to-back box office wins for the latest installment in the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise, with the second “Dune” film putting up a strong second-place showing.

As it did last week, “Kung Fu Panda 4” land in the top spot, taking in $8.8 million in ticket receipts, according to IMDB’s Box Office Mojo.. Domestically, the film’s made more than $86.5 million in its first two weeks in theaters.

Jack Black returns to voice Po in “Kung Fu Panda 4.” Universal
Jack Black returns to voice Po in “Kung Fu Panda 4.” Universal

The Post said that Jack Black-helmed feature, “while nice enough, suggests that the smartest move would be to let the fuzzy guy retire to a calming bamboo forest rather than embark on yet another predictable adventure.”

Dune: Part Two” — director Denis Villeneuve’s epic sci-fi desert flick — managed to hold onto the #2 spot during its third week of release, taking in $8.15 million.

“Arthur the King” on Friday sold more than $3 million in tickets, nabbing the No. 3 slot, and is anticipated to make another $4 million before Sunday’s over. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as a mountain climber who’s joined by a stray dog during a 435-mile trek through the Dominican Republic.

“Imaginary,” a supernatural horror film about a possessed teddy bear, finished in fourth, generating $1.7 million in sales.

Kristen Stewart’s bodybuilding romance “Love Lies Bleeding” followed in fifth, netting $1.1 million during its first day in wide distribution, after a limited release last week.