Box Office: ‘The Revenant’ Rules, ‘Ride Along’ Cools
Winter Storm Jonas was no match for Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Revenant finally claimed the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office in its third weekend of nationwide release, despite many theaters being closed over the weekend on the East Coast (including in key markets such as New York and North Carolina), as Winter Storm Jonas battered the Northeast. Audiences turned out in force, allowing the awards frontrunner from director Alejandro G. Inarritu to inch past box office juggernaut Star Wars: The Force Awakens and last week’s No. 1, Ride Along 2. The Revenant grossed $16 million to bring its domestic total to $119.2 million, which means the film has now surpassed The Wolf Of Wall Street to become DiCaprio’s eighth-highest grossing film ever.
In addition, The Revenant was also the No. 1 movie internationally, taking in $33.8 million to bring its foreign total to $104.5 million. The movie is poised to finish the weekend with an estimated $223.7 million worldwide. In short, it was a weekend that pushed the film’s profile even higher, which is a good thing when considering we’re at the height of awards season. With that said, The Revenant‘s victory at the box office was very narrowly won.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to do well in its first full month of release, earning $14.5 million to nearly regain the No. 1 spot it lost last weekend to Ride Along 2. However, the plus side for Star Wars (well, other than being Star Wars, naturally) is that it’s back to doing better than the Kevin Hart/Ice Cube comedy. Ride Along 2 cooled off a bit, falling to No. 3 with a gross of $12.9 million in its second weekend. Of course, the comedy is still doing strong business. Its domestic gross is $59 million, on a budget of $40 million. And it’s still early into the film’s run, so it’s looking like Universal Pictures will be able to put this movie down in the win column. It was a less successful weekend for Zac Efron and Robert De Niro, who came in at No. 4 with Dirty Grandpa. The film earned an okay $11.5 million, although it’s possible that much of the audience for this film was hampered by the storm, at least in the Northeast. Still, this isn’t a great start for the comedy, which has been heavily promoted by Lionsgate both on television and online.
If nothing else, Dirty Grandpa performed better than The Boy. The horror movie, starring The Walking Dead actress Lauren Cohan, earned $11.2 million to come in at No. 5. However, the upside here is that the film cost only $10 million to make, so the threshold for success was pretty low here. But there’s no such silver lining for The 5th Wave, which is struggling even harder at the box office, coming in at No. 6 with $10.3 million. Although the film is doing a bit better internationally, earning $15.9 million from 55 territories, it’s not performing to the level of a film intended to launch a new YA franchise.
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: 01/25/2016
1. The Revenant ($16 million)
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($14.5 million)
3. Ride Along 2 ($12.9 million)
4. Dirty Grandpa ($11.5 million)
5. The Boy ($11.2 million)
6. The 5th Wave ($10.3 million)
7. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi ($9.8 million)
8. Daddy’s Home ($5.2 million)
9. Norm of the North ($4.1 million)
10. The Big Short ($3.5 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 movie just became the new Best Picture Oscar frontrunner with its win at the Producers Guild Awards this weekend!