For a second straight weekend, the latest Star Wars installment topped the box office with an estimated $153.5 million. That’s the largest second weekend of all-time.
Thanks to that, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has now grossed more than $544 million domestically and another $546 million internationally, totaling over $1 billion worldwide in just twelve days.
The latest Star Wars film is now the second highest grossing domestic release of 2015 with $544.5 million and the 15th highest grossing worldwide release of all-time. Episode VII is a blockbuster os epic proportions, and the only worried person in the world, is the man who owns the top two grossing films of all time…. James Cameron.
As for the Christmas weekend’s new wide releases, the big surprise was Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home.” Reuniting Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, the PG-13 rated comedy scored an estimated $38.8 million and a second place finish.
This was well above any expectations and a nice improvement over the $35.5 million Ferrell and Wahlberg’s “The Other Guys” opened with back in 2010. But if I’m honest, I’d rather see a sequel to “The Other Guys”. But that’s just me.
In third place was “Joy,” the latest film from David O. Russell and his troupe of actors led by the ever so lovely Jennifer Lawrence, alongside Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. The film matched expectations with an estimated $17.5 million, but with mixed reviews it doesn’t seem like this will match the box office success of David O.Russell’s other recent films. But a few Oscar nods might help that.
Also finishing as expected, the Will Smith drama “Concussion” brought in $11 million for the weekend along with an “A” CinemaScore. Will Smith scored a Golden Globe nomination for his performance, but for this movie to make an impact at the box office, its gonna need Oscar nominations.