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Weekend Box Office Report: December 25-27, 2015

12.27.2015

Star Wars crushes more box office records!

After blasting through box office records at lightspeed last week, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS continued to dominate with a record-demolishing second weekend of $153.5 million!

Dropping just 38% from its opening, the long-awaited next chapter in the beloved space saga easily set the record for biggest second weekend, Force-chocking previous champ JURASSIC WORLD's $106 million.

With a 10-day domestic total of $544.5 million, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has again defeated record-holder JURASSIC WORLD (which was at $402 million at the same point) while also setting a record for quickest release to cross $500 million domestic.

In addition to destroying several weekday records, the J.J. Abrams-directed entry in the franchise also had the biggest Christmas day in history, more than doubling the $24.6 million of SHERLOCK HOLMES in 2009.

With another $546 million from international audiences, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has also already passed $1 billion worldwide in record time (and it doesn't open in China until January 9th). It is now the highest-grossing movie in the STAR WARS series, at least when not adjusted for inflation -- the first STAR WARS made $307 million domestic back in 1977, which would be over a billion dollars in today's money.

But there was more to see at theaters over the holiday besides the clash between the First Order and the Resistance. The new Mark Wahlberg/Will Ferrell comedy DADDY'S HOME drew the largest non-STAR WARS crowd for a second place debut with $38.8 million (the movie cost a reported $50 million).

Critics didn't really appreciate the reunion (28% on Rotten Tomatoes) but it opened stronger than the actors' last pairing in THE OTHER GUYS ($35.5 million). It's also Ferrell's own second best behind the $47 million opening of TALLADEGA NIGHTS back in 2006.

Opening in third place was the PG-13 comedy JOY with $17.5 million. Filmmaker David O. Russell's latest collaboration with  Jennifer Lawrence (along with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro) wasn't far behind the $19.1 million of AMERICAN HUSTLE's first wide weekend in 2013, although a reported $60 million budget makes JOY the director's most expensive effort since THREE KINGS in 1999.

JOY had the best opening for star Jennifer Lawrence in a leading role outside of THE HUNGER GAMES series, but critics weren't entirely charmed by the actress or the Miracle Mop inventor's story (57% on Rotten Tomatoes).

Last weekend's other releases got bumped down the list, with the R-rated Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy SISTERS moving to fourth with $13.4 million, not even a 1% drop from its opening. ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP skidded past it into fifth with $12.5 million, down 11% from last week.

The new medical drama CONCUSSION opened in sixth place with $11 million. That makes the lowest wide release debut for actor Will Smith -- although a movie about professional football impacts causing brain damage in players was probably never going to bring in huge crowds on Christmas weekend. The PG-13 fact-based story also got knocked around a bit by critics (60% on Rotten Tomatoes).

The financial meltdown drama THE BIG SHORT expanded to wide release to leap up into seventh place with $10.5 million, bringing its domestic total to $16 million after its limited release run.

In eighth place was the questionable new remake of POINT BREAK with $10.2 million. With a 4% average on Rotten Tomatoes, the extreme thieves have the honor of joining the year's other single-digit critical clobberings such as HOT PURSUIT and HITMAN: AGENT 47. The update of the Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze surfer-bro classic has made over $50 million overseas, but it also reportedly cost more than $100 million to make.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 2 was in ninth after a month and a half in theaters, while the ROCKY spinoff CREED was hanging tough in tenth as it comes within striking distance of $100 million.

Outside the chart, IN THE HEART OF THE SEA, KRAMPUS and Pixar's THE GOOD DINOSAUR were displaced along with Hindi films DILWALE and BAJIRAO MASTANI. In limited release, the 70mm roadshow release of Quentin Tarantino's new R-rated Western THE HATEFUL EIGHT made $4.5 million on just 100 screens to land just outside the Top 10. Another limited release with an impressive opening was director Alejandro González Iñárritu's THE REVENANT with a per-screen average of $117k.

Next weekend keeps things status quo except for THE HATEFUL EIGHT expanding into wide release a week earlier than originally planned.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $153.5 M $544.5 M
2. Daddy's Home $38.8 M
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3. Joy $17.5 M
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4. Sisters $13.8 M $37.1 M
5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip $12.7 M $39.3 M
6. Concussion $11 M
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7. The Big Short $10.5 M $16 M
8. Point Break $10.2 M
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9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Pt 2 $5.3 M $264.6 M
10. Creed $4.6 M $96.3 M

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12:09AM on 12/28/2015
A lot of movies out right now I still want to see but so little time. I'm happy to see Star Wars doing this awesome. I was shocked how much it has made and it still has another holiday weekend coming up.
A lot of movies out right now I still want to see but so little time. I'm happy to see Star Wars doing this awesome. I was shocked how much it has made and it still has another holiday weekend coming up.
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10:34PM on 12/27/2015

IT ALL COMES BACK AROUND

If anyone is gonna beat a Cameron film, it's star wars, period. As it should, back in 1997 Titanic was the first movie to surpass Star Wars in terms of box office receipts. Since then, the only person to beat Cameron...was Cameron. I'm glad Star Wars did it, and I hope Cameron can beat it again.
If anyone is gonna beat a Cameron film, it's star wars, period. As it should, back in 1997 Titanic was the first movie to surpass Star Wars in terms of box office receipts. Since then, the only person to beat Cameron...was Cameron. I'm glad Star Wars did it, and I hope Cameron can beat it again.
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7:52PM on 12/27/2015

Point Break

Can someone please take a clue that doing PG13 remakes of hard R 80s/90s action movies isn't working. Total Recall, Robocop, and Point Break have all been critical and commercial failures. Please, just stop
Can someone please take a clue that doing PG13 remakes of hard R 80s/90s action movies isn't working. Total Recall, Robocop, and Point Break have all been critical and commercial failures. Please, just stop
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10:37PM on 12/27/2015
Robocop actually did half decent in terms of both critically and commercially, just needed another 25 Mil in domestic sales and we would have gotten a sequel
Robocop actually did half decent in terms of both critically and commercially, just needed another 25 Mil in domestic sales and we would have gotten a sequel
5:14AM on 12/28/2015
To be fair, this movie's mistake was *existing*. I seriously doubt upping the rating to R would've improved it, quality-wise OR sales-wise.
To be fair, this movie's mistake was *existing*. I seriously doubt upping the rating to R would've improved it, quality-wise OR sales-wise.
5:26PM on 12/27/2015
Loved it, more money, give em more! HA ha such great times.
Loved it, more money, give em more! HA ha such great times.
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5:18PM on 12/27/2015
I had the pleasure of seeing The road show presentation of The Hateful Eight and it was phenomenal. The writing, in my opinion, is among Quentin Tarantino's best work. Visually, the shots outside the cabin are very much reminiscent of the old days - think, "The Searchers." There are plenty of twists and turns and there is an abundance of character development which is done through mostly dialogue. That is not an easy thing to do, but between Tarantino's script and the brilliant performance is
I had the pleasure of seeing The road show presentation of The Hateful Eight and it was phenomenal. The writing, in my opinion, is among Quentin Tarantino's best work. Visually, the shots outside the cabin are very much reminiscent of the old days - think, "The Searchers." There are plenty of twists and turns and there is an abundance of character development which is done through mostly dialogue. That is not an easy thing to do, but between Tarantino's script and the brilliant performance is all around, it is pulled off. The score was stunning as well. Of course that should come as a surprise considering who composed the music.
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5:19PM on 12/27/2015
*performances
*performances
6:59PM on 12/27/2015
*should NOT come as a surprise

There. I helped you out.
*should NOT come as a surprise

There. I helped you out.
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5:16PM on 12/27/2015

The most amazing number so far.....

Is that Avatar is only $200 million in front domestically (for it's total domestic box office) after months in the theaters. Force Awakens may not reach $2 billion for foreign markets, but it's going to obliterate Avatar's US numbers.
Is that Avatar is only $200 million in front domestically (for it's total domestic box office) after months in the theaters. Force Awakens may not reach $2 billion for foreign markets, but it's going to obliterate Avatar's US numbers.
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5:01PM on 12/27/2015
Amazing for Star Wars. Loved the movie!
Amazing for Star Wars. Loved the movie!
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3:51PM on 12/27/2015
The Big Short was fantastic; as well as seeing Star Wars again (second time).
The Big Short was fantastic; as well as seeing Star Wars again (second time).
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3:13PM on 12/27/2015
Great numbers for SW, but I think it won't beat Avatar's 2.7b worldwide. It will probably come off to around 2b
Great numbers for SW, but I think it won't beat Avatar's 2.7b worldwide. It will probably come off to around 2b
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