WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: ‘Star Wars’ Tops Christmas Weekend, ‘Daddy’s Home’ Surprises

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To everyone’s surprise (not really), Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned the most money ($153.5M) over the holiday weekend, beating out 5 newcomers, all the while reaching the billion dollar mark globally in record time. In just its second weekend, ‘The Force Awakens’ has grossed $544.5M domestically, bringing it within $205M of dethroning Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all-time. 

Though it was no match for the powerhouse that is The Force Awakens, Christmas Day newcomer Daddy‘s Home surprised over the weekend with an intake of $38.8M. The comedy, which stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, hasn’t gotten very good reviews from critics (it currently holds a 28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), but audiences clearly were hungry for another Ferrell and Wahlberg collaboration after the 2010 hit The Other Guys.

In third place was the David O. Russell film starring Jennifer LawrenceJoy. Despite disappointing reviews (56%), the fact-based drama opened to a solid $17.5M. To compare, O. Russell’s last wide release, American Hustle opened similarly with $19.1M before positive word-of-mouth and its Oscar nominations rocketed it to $150.1M when all was said and done. That said, however, Joy is facing tougher competition this time around with Star Wars, and the mixed reviews from critics could signify fewer Oscar nominations for this one. Still, its star power should keep it in decent enough hands for the next few weeks.

Rounding out the top five were last week’s Sisters ($13.8M)  and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip ($12.7M) coming in fourth and fifth respectively. Both help up very well as counter-programming to Star Wars, as the former held up very well after opening to $13.9M last week, while did the latter did as well after opening to $14.2M.

Falling short of landing spots in the top five this week were this week’s other three newcomers; the Will Smith football concussion drama Concussion ($11M), the star-studded The Big Short ($10.5M), and the remake of Point Break ($10.2M), the three of which came in 6th, 7th, and 8th this weekend respectively. Out of those, I’d expect The Big Short to have the best lasting power as it’ll likely get momentum from awards talk here in the coming weeks.

Here’s this week’s top five:

#1: Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($153.5M)

#2: Daddy’s Home ($38.8M)

#3: Joy ($17.5M)

#4: Sisters ($13.8M)

#5: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip ($12.7M)

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