Box Office Wrap Up: The Force Awakens Challenges Avatar

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Passes Avengers and Furious 7 Box Office Gross

Maybe next time I can tell you if 3D is worth the premium.
Maybe next time I can tell you if 3D is worth the premium.

The battle between the light and dark side continues at the Box Office, As Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues its record-setting pace. The Force Awakens which has now passed The Avengers and Furious 7 on the all time worldwide box office, after earning a jaw-dropping $1.54 billion since its December 18 debut.

That leaves only three films for The Force Awakens to pass for the worldwide box office crown: Jurassic World (number three, with $1.668 billion), Titanic (number two, with $2.186 billion), and Avatar (number one, with $2.787 billion).

Domestically Star Wars The Force Awakens is still shy of Avatar’s $760.5 million, even after this weekend’s $88.3 million haul and set some new records to boot.

Those other records for Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

• Star Wars: The Force Awakens scored the second best January weekend (shy of Avatar).

• Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the fastest film to cross $700 million in the U.S. – doing so in only 16 days – compared to Avatar’s 72 days.

The records just keep piling on in a galaxy far far away.

In the second spot behind the space opera was family film Daddy’s Home, the $50 million comedy earned another $29 million, giving it an impressive $93.6 million domestic total. Who saw that coming? With actors Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in the lead, the film tells the story of a stepfather whose life changes when the biological father of his children appearshateful eight box office on the scene.

After five impressive days playing exclusively on 70mm film projectors, The Weinstein Company decided to expand The Hateful Eight nationwide ahead of schedule. (The special roadshow engagement was originally slated to run until January 6th, but then Weinstein moved up the nationwide expansion to December 31st.) That landed the movie in the #3 spot with $16.2 million. The totals may seem a bit low, but when you factor in the film’s three-hour runtime (which means fewer showings daily), that’s a solid total. So far, $44 million movie has earned $29.5 million domestically just shy of what Django Unchained made in its first weekend.

Sisters, the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy in its second week, came in fourth with $12.5 million, while Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip dropped just 10% to 11.8 millionto round out the top 5.

While most of the other movies took slight dips in attendance, David O. Russell’s Joy fell 39%. The $10.4 million second week knocked the $60 million drama from third place to sixth and brought its domestic total up to $38.7 million.

The Big Short held stPoint Break box officerong over its second week playing wide. From nearly 1,600 locations, the seventh place flick grossed $9 million, for a domestic total of $32.9 million.

Will Smith’s Concussion dropped one spot into eighth place over its second week. The $35 million sports drama added $8 million to its $25.3 million domestic total.

Ninth place went to the incredibly disappointing Point Break remake, which also dropped one spot. With a 30% dip in attendance, the $105 million action drama grossed $6.8 million, bringing its domestic total to $22.4 million so far. Not good.

Rounding out the Top 10 was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2. Its $4.6 million seventh week on the silver screen brought its domestic total up to $274.2 million. Its overseas revenue sits at $361.7 million, for a worldwide total $635.9 million.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s bone-chilling period survival/revenge thriller The Revenant remained on four screens and earned $450,000 (down 5% from last week). The expensive picture (estimated at $135 million) has now earned $1.3 million in limited release, but expands nationwide this weekend.

 

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $88,300,000

2. Daddy’s Home – $29,000,000

3. The Hateful Eight – $16,240,000

4. Sisters – $12,580,000

5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip – $11,800,000

6. Joy  – $10,400,000

7. The Big Short – $9,000,000

8. Concussion – $8,000,000

9. Point Break – $6,845,000

10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2  – $4,625,000

 

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