Weekend Box Office

Star Wars: The Force Awakens leads for the fourth consecutive week with a $42.35 million weekend gross. The film has broken a lot of records, including becoming the highest-grossing film of all-time domestically. Its domestic total currently stands at $812.73 million a little over its three weeks of release. It has a chance of becoming the first ever film to gross $1 billion domestically.

Leonardo DiCaprio and director Alejandro G. Iñárritu received Golden Globes over the weekend, but their film also brought in the gold (figuratively) at the weekend box office. The Revenant expanded into wide release this past weekend, and brought in $39.83 million. Iñárritu is probably annoyed that he came second place to a genre film, but The Revenant actually grossed more than Star Wars on Friday. It was a win also for DiCaprio, as it is now his fourth biggest opening weekend, above the $30.12 million opening of Django Unchained and slightly below the $41.06 million opening of Shutter Island. The film also became the fifth biggest opening of a January film, beating Zero Dark Thirty’s $24.44 million and Lone Survivor’s $37.85 million. The film has grossed a domestic total of $41.38 million.

Daddy’s Home dropped to third place with a $15.02 million gross. The Will Ferrell/Mark Whalberg film has been performing strong, and now has an impressive $116.33 million domestic total.   The film should continue to do well until the release of other buddy comedy Ride Along 2, starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart.

The Natalie Dormer horror film The Forest opened to fourth place with its gross of $12.74 million. Although it may not seem like much, the film opened above previously set expectations, and has already surpassed its production budget. It may not hold up well over the next couple of weeks, given negative reception and lack of word of mouth, but by then, it will already have been enough.

Rounding out the top five is Sisters with $7.19 million. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey may not have hosted the Golden Globes, but they sure are looking pretty with a $74.90 million domestic total.

Overseas Numbers

The Force Awakens has opened in China to an estimated $53 million two-day opening weekend. The film opened on a Saturday and became the biggest Saturday/Sunday opening in the country – although it’s the country’s first time ever to have a Hollywood film open on a Saturday.  The result is satisfactory, however quite lower than expected.

Breaking Records

In other news, The Force Awakens surpassed Spectre as the highest-grossing film in the UK. The film also made its way to a worldwide total of $1.73 billion this past weekend, which puts it past Jurassic World’s $1.67 billion worldwide total. That means Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now officially the highest-grossing film of 2015 and the third highest-grossing movie of all time.

Prediction Time!

I’ve got a feeling The Revenant will hold, especially with the Oscar nominations being announced this Thursday.

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. The Revenant
  3. Ride Along 2
  4. 13 Hours
  5. Daddy’s Home

Source: BoxOffice.com
Featured Image: 20th Century Fox