Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Box-Office: FORCE AWAKENS Breaks More Records; DADDY'S HOME Defies Expectations


It was easy to anticipate that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" would hold on at the top and that it would probably break more records, but the OverAchiever of the Week Award goes to the comedy "Daddy's Home" which managed to break out into second place with an impressive result, while other new releases struggled within expectations.

Find out more about the weekend box office after the jump.

First off, let's talk some more about "Star Wars" and "Breaking Records". Over the weekend the epic sequel took in another $149 million for a domestic total of $540 million and a global total that has already surpassed the $1 billion milestone. The film has now broken the All-Time records for Fastest to $500M, 10-Day Gross and Second Weekend. It has officially broken no less than 35 records which you can check out on BoxOfficeMojo.com.

In second place, the comedy "Daddy's Home" starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg has demonstrated some serious strength with a $38.7 million opening weekend, an improvement over the $35.5 grossed by "The Other Guys", which also starred Ferrell and Wahlberg, when it opened in 2010.

David O. Russell's biopic "Joy" starring Jennifer Lawrence opened in third place with a well-within-expectations $17 million, and it was also the director's first film to open directly in wide release since his 1999 action comedy "Three Kings". It also doesn't look like "Joy" will make as much money as his previous films "American Hustle", "Silver Linings Playbook" or even "The Fighter".

"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" performed a solid holdover with $13 million over the weekend, a slight 8% drop from its somewhat anemic opening weekend. It will be quite difficult for the film to earn back its $90 million budget, but hopefully that means no more squeakquels.

In sixth place, Adam McKay's "The Big Short" partially expanded nationwide to a $10.5 million weekend, topping the "Point Break" remake's weak $9.8 million debut.

Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" opened in limited release with an estimated $4.5 million from only 100 theaters. The film will expand nationwide on December 31.

New Wide Releases: "Daddy's Home", "Joy", "Concussion", "Point Break".

Biggest Drop : "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (-40%)

Smallest Drop : "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" (-8%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens $149M $540M $546M $200M
2 Daddy's Home $38.7M $38.7M $4.4M $50M
3 Joy $17M $17M $2M $60M
4 Sisters $14M $37.4M $2.9M $30M
5 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip $13M $39.8M $8.4M $90M
6 The Big Short $10.53M $16M $1.4M $28M
7 Concussion $10.5M $10.5M N/A $35M
8 Point Break $9.8M $9.8M $43M $105M
9 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 $5.2M $264.5M $352M $160M
10 The Hateful Eight $4.6M $4.6M N/A $44M


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