Monday, January 11, 2016

Weekend Box Office: The Revenant Opens Strong, But Star Wars Still Number One

From cinemablemd, The Revenant made a strong showing on Friday, topping Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but as the weekend continued Star Wars pulled ahead to top the box office for a fourth weekend in a row.

With $38 million The Revenant launched its wide release higher than most expectations. With the likelihood of upcoming awards season bringing extra attention through the end of the month, the buzz may help push it all the way to $100 million.

Over the week The Force Awakens cruised past Avatar to be the highest ever grossing domestic movie and this weekend it cleared another landmark: first movie to ever break $800 million. At $812 million the movie is finally beginning to show signs of a normal decline, dropping over 50% from last weekend. Unless it holds incredibly strong into next weekend it's not likely to go much further than $900 million.

The lone new release this weekend, horror flick The Forest, bowed in at fourth place with $13 million. Not bad for a movie that was equally panned by critics and audiences. The lack of praise will likely translate to a rapid fall off next week, but the damage is done. Against a $10 million production budget the movie is already a financial success.


JPX said...

From bbc, The latest Star Wars film has taken $53m (£36.5m) in ticket sales on its first weekend in China - the country's highest ever opening weekend.

Globally, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the third most commercially successful film in history, according to the Walt Disney studio.

Titanic, released in 1997, is number two and 2009's Avatar is top, with a total box office take of $2.8bn.

The film was released in China a month after its global release.

DKC said...

They finally got my money yesterday!

Octopunk said...

Aw, I was hoping China was going to knock Avatar off the top spot.