This first weekend of 2016 was the second largest January weekend of all-time at the box office, because basically, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” cannot be stopped.
Disney is estimating an $88.3 million weekend for Star Wars, which brings the film up to $740.2 million after only 17 days in theaters. Episode VII is the fastest film to cross $700 million domestically, doing so in 16 days, while “Avatar” took 72 days.
And if that wasn’t enough, it surpassed both “Jurassic World” ($652.3 million) and “Titanic” ($658.7 million) to become the second-highest grossing domestic movie ever.
The film has broken dozens box office records and is currently the sixth highest grossing release worldwide with an estimated $1.51 billion. The movie should be in fourth place by Monday night. The question now is: how long before The Force Awakens, topples James Cameron’s “Avatar” as the highest grossing movie of all time?
Coming up second for the second weekend in a row was the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy “Daddy’s Home.” The film dropped only 25% for an estimated $29 million weekend. The film has earned an outstanding $93.6 million in just ten days on a reported $50 million budget. Impressive numbers for a movie many people (including me) didn’t give much of a chance.
In third place bring us Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight,” which brought in an estimated $16.2 million in its expansion from 100 theaters over Christmas weekend into 2,474 theaters this weekend.
To be fair, “The Hateful Eight” faced a ton of competition this weekend. Everything from the college football playoffs, to New Year’s celebrations, to people travelling back hom from the holidays. But the real test for “The Hateful Eight” will come next week when another harsh, cold-wilderness tale, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “The Revenant” expands into over 3,000 theaters next weekend.