WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: ‘Star Wars’ Survives Bear Scare


Close, but no cigar. That’s how The Revenant‘s weekend at the box office went, as it came oh so close to being the first film to dethrone Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the #1 position at the box office. Still, the newest film from Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu has nothing to cry about as it surprised everyone with its great first weekend total.

Earlier this week, Star Wars: The Force Awakens surpassed Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all-time in North America, and to cap off its milestone week, it once again came in at #1 for the weekend raking in an additional $41.6M. The fact that its historic run to unseed Avatar took just 4 weeks was impressive in itself, as was the fact that during that run, it was #1 every single day. From here, The Force Awakens will look to add to its total (which now stands at $812M), making it harder and harder for any film in the future to come along and top it.

Meanwhile, the aforementioned The Revenant came in second place for the weekend after an admirable battle with Star Wars. In its first weekend at the box office, the revenge drama  claimed $38M. The combination of great marketing, a notable cast (Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy) and a director fresh off winning Best Director last year (with his film Birdman winning Best Picture as well) seemed to play a big part in its shockingly successful first weekend. With Oscar buzz surrounding this Iñárritu picture as well, expect it to have strong legs going forward.

Coming in at #3 was Daddy’s HomeThe comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg earned $15M for the weekend, bringing its total to $116M. The film was expected to do well considering the two co-stars it features (their other collaboration The Other Guys made $119M back in 2010), but not this well. However, Ride Along 2 will be riding into town next week, so don’t expect it to be the #1 comedy any more going forward.

The other newcomer this week was the horror film The Forest gathering $13M and taking fourth place. Box-office performance-wise, it mostly lived up to expectations, however, its “C” Cinemascore signals a short life span for its theatrical run.

Rounding out the top five was the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy Sisters taking in $7.1M, bringing its total to $73.8M. Sisters continues to show solid legs, as it managed to sneak into the top five once again in its fourth weekend. Don’t expect it to crack the top five again next weekend though with three newcomers arriving in the aforementioned Ride Along 2, as well as 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and Norm of the North all opening.

Missing the top five was The Hateful Eight, which, despite adding 464 theaters, only mustered up $6.3M. The latest flick from Quentin Tarantino, which has earned $41.M so far, dropped a steep 60% after expanding wide last week.

Here’s this week’s top five:

#1: Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($41.6M)

#2: The Revenant ($38M)

#3: Daddy’s Home ($15M)

#4: The Forest ($13M)

#5: Sisters ($7.1M)



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