Ahhh, thank gawwwd! I did it, I survived! No, I’m not talking about the monster storm. I mean I survived a weekend at the in-laws.
Anyway, with a a monster blizzard blanketing pretty much everything on the East Coast, the weekend’s box office was down 27% compared to last year, but “The Revenant” fought off the bitter cold and mountains of snow.
The film bounced back to the number one spot in its fifth weekend in overall release and third weekend in wide release with an estimated $16 million. That’s a 49.7% drop from last weekend, but the film has earned over $119 million domestically.
Last weekend’s number one movie, “Ride Along 2,” took a kick to the crotch, plummeting 63.2% in week two, all the way to third place with an estimated $12.9 million. To put it in perspective, the first “Ride Along” dropped only 48.7% in its second weekend. Please note that if Olivia Munn requires a huge, I am available.
Star Wars continues to print money in its sixth weekend in release bringing in an estimated $14.2 million, bringing its record-setting domestic haul to over $879 million.
The first of the weekend’s newbies on the chart is Lionsgate’s R-rated comedy “Dirty Grandpa” starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron. The movie opened with an estimated $11.5 million and a “B” CinemaScore from opening day audiences. For January, and for a weekend slammed with snow, $11.5 million is not horrible.
Next up is STX’s “The Boy,” which brought in an estimated $11.26 million and a “B-” CinemaScore. And that’s probably the last time you hear about this boy.
Finishing just outside the top five is the weekend’s final new wide release, the young adult adaptation “The 5th Wave.” Budgeted at $38 million, the PG-13 sci-fi thriller generated an estimated $10.7 million this weekend and also scored a “B-” CinemaScore.
The movie did slightly better internationally, adding another 32 markets and bringing in $15.9 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to $27.4 million from 55 total markets. One fun fact: star Chloë Grace Moretz asked fans to stay home during the blizzard. Good advice, but it didn’t help “The 5th Wave.”
I’m guessing the studio was hoping this movie would serve as a franchise starter, but that ain’t gonna happen. But again, if Chloë Grace Moretz needs a huge, I’m here.