Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Slays ‘The Revenant’ in Fourth No. 1 Weekend
The Force is still strong at the box office, as Star Wars: The Force Awakens claimed the No. 1 spot for a fourth consecutive weekend.
The sci-fi/fantasy epic from J.J. Abrams earned $41.6 million to land at the top spot, blowing past the $1.669 billion gross from Jurassic World to become the No. 3 title of all time worldwide behind Avatar ($2.78 billion) and Titanic ($2.19 billion). Anchoring this stellar worldwide box office performance was a record-setting $53 million debut in China, as Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned the biggest Saturday-Sunday opening of all time in the country. This was enough to push the film past $900 million internationally. And the news is every bit as outstanding domestically: with a gross of $812 million to date, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the first film to ever pass $800 million in the United States. It’s a major milestone for a franchise that many initially feared would pack the box office punch of its predecessors, particularly in a year that’s seen some record-breaking profits at the cinemas.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens just barely managed to edge out its biggest competition this weekend: Golden Globes juggernaut The Revenant, which made its nationwide debut this weekend to the tune of $38 million. This is an outstanding number up against a massive film like Star Wars, and it speaks volumes not only of the awards buzz that the film has generated, but also the innate star quality of Leonardo DiCaprio, who’s proving to be a continued draw at the movies. All this, from a movie that was only expected to earn around $20 million this weekend. Basically, this has been an AMAZING weekend for DiCaprio, director Alejandro G. Inarritu, and The Revenant, as the movie went on to claim Golden Globes for DiCaprio’s grueling performance, Innaritu’s direction, and Best Picture (Drama) in addition to all its box office success.
In other box office news, Daddy’s Home sat pretty at No. 3 with $15 million, as the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg’s Christmas comedy continues to do solid business even with the holidays over. In fact, it’s expected this will eventually gross enough money over the course of its run to become Ferrell’s second-most successful live-action comedy behind Elf, another Christmas gem (suggesting Ferrell may have a formula for holiday success, if he’s wise enough to capitalize on it). The comedy eked out a spot in the Top 3 over The Forest, the horror film featuring Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer. The movie came in at No. 4 with $13.1 million, performing slightly above expectations.
Rounding out the Top 5 was Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Sisters, which earned $7.2 million to bring its domestic gross $73.9 million. This is a pretty big win for the actresses, considering it has already recouped its $30 million budget — and then some.
But how did the rest of the movies do at the weekend box office? Check out the full Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 01/10/2016
1. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens ($41.6 million)
2. The Revenant ($38 million)
3. Daddy’s Home ($15 million)
4. The Forest ($13.1 million)
5. Sisters ($7.2 million)
6. The Hateful Eight ($6.4 million)
7. The Big Short ($6.3 million)
8. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip ($5.5 million)
9. Joy ($4.5 million)
10. Concussion ($3.1 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the movies this weekend? What do you want to see? And what are you looking forward to in the future? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on the weekend in film, find out which movies won big at the 2016 Golden Globes last night!