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01.03.2016

Star Wars continues to rule!

The long-awaited sequel in a galaxy far, far away celebrated the new year with stellar business as STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS again reigned supreme at the box office with $88.3 million!

In addition to having the biggest third weekend and New Year's Day of any release, the current $740 million domestic total of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has buried the $658 million of TITANIC and is just a lightsaber's length away from cutting down the $760 million domestic finish of AVATAR to become the highest-grossing movie in history.

The new characters and returning favorites have collected $1.51 billion worldwide in 17 days, surging past AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON to become the sixth highest global total ever with FURIOUS 7, THE AVENGERS and JURASSIC WORLD also soon to fall beneath Kylo Ren's quivering blade.

The J.J. Abrams-directed seventh chapter of the STAR WARS saga will then only have the $2.18 billion of TITANIC and $2.78 billion of AVATAR left in its sights (certainly a huge amount of money for movies, but THE FORCE AWAKENS is also expected to sell at least $5 billion worth of merchandise in its first year.)

Holding firm in second place was the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy DADDY'S HOME with $29 million, down just 25% from its Christmas Day release for a domestic total rapidly approaching the $100 million mark (nearly doubling its reported $50 million cost).

In third place was Quentin Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT with $16.2 million as it expanded from its 100-screen 70mm roadshow into nearly 2500 locations. That opening is about half of the filmmaker's previous effort DJANGO UNCHAINED, another Western that started out on Christmas Day back in 2012 (it went on to $425 million worldwide).

Tarantino's latest R-rated bloodbath with Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Samuel L. Jackson is up to $29.5 million total after its week in limited release (it cost a reported $44 million), and it currently sits at a 75% critical average on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy SISTERS and the sequel ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP held their spots from last week, while director David O. Russell's new drama JOY slipped past them to sixth with $10.4 million, down 38% from its third place opening on Christmas.

The financial crisis drama THE BIG SHORT continues to do solid business in seventh place with another $9 million (a 14% drop from its first weekend in wide release) for a domestic total of $32.9 million. Will Smith's NFL medical drama CONCUSSION was in eighth with $8 million (a 24% drop from last weekend), and the POINT BREAK remake and THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 closed out the Top 10.

Outside the chart, CREED left the list after punching through the $100 million mark. The stop-motion animated drama ANOMALISA from writer/co-director Charlie Kaufman opened in limited release for a $35k per-screen average, and THE REVENANT had another strong limited release performance with a superb $112k per-screen in just four theaters.

Next weekend brings Natalie Dormer in the PG-13 horror movie THE FOREST, and THE REVENANT and ANOMALISA expand into wider release.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $88.3 M $740.2 M
2. Daddy's Home $29 M $93.6 M
3. The Hateful Eight $16.2 M $29.5 M
4. Sisters $12.5 M $61.7 M
5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip $11.8 M $67.3 M
6. Joy $10.4 M $38.7 M
7. The Big Short $9 M $32.9 M
8. Concussion $8 M $25.3 M
9. Point Break $6.8 M $22.4 M
10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Pt 2 $4.6 M $274.2 M

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1:52AM on 01/04/2016

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The more Star Wars we get, the better! I've been a fan since I was 6 (1977), and it's just as cool now as it was then. The Force Awakens was damn good fun. Kick Avatar's WW total next, guys, please.
The more Star Wars we get, the better! I've been a fan since I was 6 (1977), and it's just as cool now as it was then. The Force Awakens was damn good fun. Kick Avatar's WW total next, guys, please.
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12:13AM on 01/04/2016
Working at a movie theatre, we don't see signs of this movie slowing down. I honestly think it'll reign on top for the rest of the month.
Working at a movie theatre, we don't see signs of this movie slowing down. I honestly think it'll reign on top for the rest of the month.
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9:06PM on 01/03/2016
Hateful 8 sucked dick. I saw that it also got a less than mediocre B on Cinemascore. Glad that people are starting to wake up and realize that Tarantino was great 20 years ago and now just likes to please his ego with blinded fanboys who still think he's popping out great films when really half the crap in his movies are unnecessary, unneeded and pointless
Hateful 8 sucked dick. I saw that it also got a less than mediocre B on Cinemascore. Glad that people are starting to wake up and realize that Tarantino was great 20 years ago and now just likes to please his ego with blinded fanboys who still think he's popping out great films when really half the crap in his movies are unnecessary, unneeded and pointless
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9:40PM on 01/03/2016
Wow, a B cinemascore means people have realized Tarantino sucks? Uh no.
Was Kill Bill or Django Unchained 20 years ago? Uh no again. And those were incredible films.
Wow, a B cinemascore means people have realized Tarantino sucks? Uh no.
Was Kill Bill or Django Unchained 20 years ago? Uh no again. And those were incredible films.
9:51PM on 01/03/2016
Inglorious Bastards.
Inglorious Bastards.
10:02PM on 01/03/2016
You mad bro?
You mad bro?
8:32PM on 01/03/2016

Awakens was terrible fan-fic

Now I know why the Transformers movies are so successful.
Now I know why the Transformers movies are so successful.
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9:41PM on 01/03/2016
How can you call it fan fiction. If it was fan fiction it would've been original and not a copy of episode 4.
Typically fan made films don't remake the movie they are a fan of. They usually try and do something different. And they don't need hundreds of millions of dollars to do it.
How can you call it fan fiction. If it was fan fiction it would've been original and not a copy of episode 4.
Typically fan made films don't remake the movie they are a fan of. They usually try and do something different. And they don't need hundreds of millions of dollars to do it.
10:36PM on 01/03/2016
Care to elaborate?
Care to elaborate?
9:24AM on 01/04/2016
Right on schedule.

"I hated THE FORCE AWAKENS before it was cool! I'm a badass Samuel L. Jackson moddafocka! (and not some nerd sitting alone in my mom's basement...)"
Right on schedule.

"I hated THE FORCE AWAKENS before it was cool! I'm a badass Samuel L. Jackson moddafocka! (and not some nerd sitting alone in my mom's basement...)"
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7:46PM on 01/03/2016
Go Star Wars. Great movie!
Go Star Wars. Great movie!
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7:14PM on 01/03/2016
Good for Star Wars. I saw the roadshow presentation of Hateful 8 this weekend, and it was a great film and experience. Not Tarantino's best, but still a darn good movie.
Good for Star Wars. I saw the roadshow presentation of Hateful 8 this weekend, and it was a great film and experience. Not Tarantino's best, but still a darn good movie.
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7:57PM on 01/03/2016
It was meh. Whoop-de-do a program and an intermission! Give me a break.
It was meh. Whoop-de-do a program and an intermission! Give me a break.
9:41PM on 01/03/2016
Yes it was a great time at the movies. Best 3 hour movie ever.
Yes it was a great time at the movies. Best 3 hour movie ever.
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6:47PM on 01/03/2016

I'll be so happy.....

To see that crap Smurfs In Space movie finally taken down from the top spot. Not sure if TFA can catch it worldwide, but there's a chance.
To see that crap Smurfs In Space movie finally taken down from the top spot. Not sure if TFA can catch it worldwide, but there's a chance.
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6:21PM on 01/03/2016
The Hateful Eight deserved a hell of a lot more than that.
The Hateful Eight deserved a hell of a lot more than that.
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8:29PM on 01/03/2016
On a limited release, with a very good screener floating around the net for the past 2 weeks, I'd say it did very good.
On a limited release, with a very good screener floating around the net for the past 2 weeks, I'd say it did very good.
6:07PM on 01/03/2016

Whoooooooooooo...

...gives a shit? I never understand why all these virgins get excited when major corporations make a ton of money, it's not like they're giving rebates. Enjoyed the movie though.
...gives a shit? I never understand why all these virgins get excited when major corporations make a ton of money, it's not like they're giving rebates. Enjoyed the movie though.
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8:02PM on 01/03/2016
Yet, here you are commenting. LOL Moron.
Yet, here you are commenting. LOL Moron.
9:54PM on 01/03/2016
Snappy comeback. You should write for a Bravo reality show. Give it another try, I won't tell anyone about your first draft.
Snappy comeback. You should write for a Bravo reality show. Give it another try, I won't tell anyone about your first draft.
9:59PM on 01/03/2016
Bravo Reality show? Not sure I'm qualified for that. But given you seem to know how they're written, I'd say that's your calling, jabroni.
Bravo Reality show? Not sure I'm qualified for that. But given you seem to know how they're written, I'd say that's your calling, jabroni.
10:22PM on 01/03/2016
That was much worse. Never mind
That was much worse. Never mind
10:28PM on 01/03/2016
Yeah, like some moron calling people who see Star Wars virgins is gonna have anything witty or clever to say. Because clearly you don't. Let alone your "name" on here is Darth Jeff. LOL And your "work/school" is "Sith Lord." LMAOOO You're a complete joke. Do us all a favor and go kill yourself. Fuckboy.
Yeah, like some moron calling people who see Star Wars virgins is gonna have anything witty or clever to say. Because clearly you don't. Let alone your "name" on here is Darth Jeff. LOL And your "work/school" is "Sith Lord." LMAOOO You're a complete joke. Do us all a favor and go kill yourself. Fuckboy.
10:31PM on 01/03/2016
You're really committed to embarrassing yourself over this strike back aren't you?
You're really committed to embarrassing yourself over this strike back aren't you?
10:33PM on 01/03/2016
Embarrass myself??? LOL Really??? You think I give a shit??? That's cute. See you here next week when Star Wars is still raking in that cash. Stay salty broseph.
Embarrass myself??? LOL Really??? You think I give a shit??? That's cute. See you here next week when Star Wars is still raking in that cash. Stay salty broseph.
1:50AM on 01/04/2016
I agree. With darth jeff fun movie but it's massive success in no way shape or form financially benefits any of us.
I agree. With darth jeff fun movie but it's massive success in no way shape or form financially benefits any of us.
5:51AM on 01/04/2016
"it's massive success in no way shape or form financially benefits any of us."

Actually, it does. First of all, whatever take Disney gets from the worldwide take is good for the economy: that's money coming into the US and it counts towards the US's overall trade balance. Basically, that's what determines teh value of your money: as long as American good and services (including movies) are of value overseas then the US can, literally, print its own money. A country that doesn't do
"it's massive success in no way shape or form financially benefits any of us."

Actually, it does. First of all, whatever take Disney gets from the worldwide take is good for the economy: that's money coming into the US and it counts towards the US's overall trade balance. Basically, that's what determines teh value of your money: as long as American good and services (including movies) are of value overseas then the US can, literally, print its own money. A country that doesn't do international trade is a country with a worthless currency.

Even if you don't take into account international trade, there is still the "trickle down" effect, ie Reaganomics. Grantedm it doesn't work when rich people put their money into Swiss bank accounts but when investors take the money that they get from a Star Wars movie and put it into some new tech start up that becomes the next big thing then that means more jobs and that's good for the economy. What do you get when nobody has any money to invest? A great depression.

Really, you young people know fuck all about economics. Hollywood movies making a shit load of money is a very good thing indeed.
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5:20PM on 01/03/2016

Awaken is awsome

It took avatard 71 days to cross 700 million, force awakens 16 , the movie was fantastic i love how burns up a select few that the majority of people and critics love force awakens , the force awakens Hasn't even open up in china yet .
It took avatard 71 days to cross 700 million, force awakens 16 , the movie was fantastic i love how burns up a select few that the majority of people and critics love force awakens , the force awakens Hasn't even open up in china yet .
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4:55PM on 01/03/2016
Thank God this ultrahyped shit of a remake/reboot doesn't have a chance becoming the biggest worldwide. This movie just sucks ass. Fuck Disney and Jar Jar Abrams
Thank God this ultrahyped shit of a remake/reboot doesn't have a chance becoming the biggest worldwide. This movie just sucks ass. Fuck Disney and Jar Jar Abrams
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5:17PM on 01/03/2016
Yeah, they're really beating themselves up that it'll only be the 2nd biggest money maker worldwide after already becoming number 6 in only 2 weeks. Don't know how they'll be able to live with themselves. I suspect mass seppuku in boardrooms come Monday.
Yeah, they're really beating themselves up that it'll only be the 2nd biggest money maker worldwide after already becoming number 6 in only 2 weeks. Don't know how they'll be able to live with themselves. I suspect mass seppuku in boardrooms come Monday.
8:05PM on 01/03/2016
Yeah, cuz you'd hate to have it ruin your precious Gone With the Wind or Avatar records. Moron. Stay salty my friend.
Yeah, cuz you'd hate to have it ruin your precious Gone With the Wind or Avatar records. Moron. Stay salty my friend.
1:56AM on 01/04/2016
Yesh pazuzu at least get your facts straight before flaming someone. The most financially successful film ever was Ingagi from 1930, the great granddaddy of the found footage film.
Yesh pazuzu at least get your facts straight before flaming someone. The most financially successful film ever was Ingagi from 1930, the great granddaddy of the found footage film.
3:29PM on 01/03/2016

Most Impressive

"Adjusted for inflation" is a non-argument. It's not as simple as "tickets cost more now." The entire paradigm of the movie-going experience has shifted exponentially in the past 10 years alone. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens for example; BEFORE the movie came out, anyone could have watched a decent cam of the film online for free. In a month or two, ANYONE can watch an HD rip online for free. By spring, anyone will be able to buy a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos surround sound
"Adjusted for inflation" is a non-argument. It's not as simple as "tickets cost more now." The entire paradigm of the movie-going experience has shifted exponentially in the past 10 years alone. With Star Wars: The Force Awakens for example; BEFORE the movie came out, anyone could have watched a decent cam of the film online for free. In a month or two, ANYONE can watch an HD rip online for free. By spring, anyone will be able to buy a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos surround sound and watch on their 200inch home theater. The mind set has unequivocally changed forever, and there is no comparison to the movie-going experiences in the 20th century. Nowadays, any movie making any kind of money is just as (I'd argue way more) impressive than any movie making any kind of money in the 1930's.

PS - Force Awakens made $700 Million in 17 days; it took previous record-holder Avatar 72 days... Absolutely insane.
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3:17PM on 01/03/2016

ugh

A ticket sold is a ticket sold... I get it. But if you subtract the amount of tickets that each Star Wars freak spent on seeing it 12 times each already then it would be far from the biggest movie ever. Avatar and Titanic news spread and grew for months if not years after they were released by word of mouth and got everyone to see them. To me, those are the films that deserve the honor.
A ticket sold is a ticket sold... I get it. But if you subtract the amount of tickets that each Star Wars freak spent on seeing it 12 times each already then it would be far from the biggest movie ever. Avatar and Titanic news spread and grew for months if not years after they were released by word of mouth and got everyone to see them. To me, those are the films that deserve the honor.
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3:34PM on 01/03/2016
Dead wrong. I remember that during their theatrical runs I had friends and relatives who went to see "Titanic" and "Avatar" several times, and I myself saw each one three times. The APPEAL of a film sells tickets, and if a film is good enough to warrant multiple viewings then it "deserves" the honor of "biggest all-time". An extended run simply affords you the luxury of multiple big-screen presentations. Do you own DVDs of your favorites? Have you watched them more than once? Does that make
Dead wrong. I remember that during their theatrical runs I had friends and relatives who went to see "Titanic" and "Avatar" several times, and I myself saw each one three times. The APPEAL of a film sells tickets, and if a film is good enough to warrant multiple viewings then it "deserves" the honor of "biggest all-time". An extended run simply affords you the luxury of multiple big-screen presentations. Do you own DVDs of your favorites? Have you watched them more than once? Does that make you a "Die Hard" or "Godfather" or "Lord of the Rings" or "Jaws" "freak?
3:53PM on 01/03/2016
When Titanic came out, it was in theaters for over 6 months and then came back out again during Christmas if I remember correctly. I know people who seen it multiple times in the theaters. Do you really thing people other than Star Wars fan don't see movies multiple times in the theaters? How do you think movies like Titanic make that much?
When Titanic came out, it was in theaters for over 6 months and then came back out again during Christmas if I remember correctly. I know people who seen it multiple times in the theaters. Do you really thing people other than Star Wars fan don't see movies multiple times in the theaters? How do you think movies like Titanic make that much?
4:05PM on 01/03/2016
Hi James Cameron.
Hi James Cameron.
4:11PM on 01/03/2016
LOL @ American4397 - That has to be one of the dumbest comments I've ever read on here. And I've read a lot on this website over the years. So regular people don't see movies multiple times in theaters? As if it's exclusively a "nerd" thing? Lol MsGelter just dropped the mic on your ignorant ass.
LOL @ American4397 - That has to be one of the dumbest comments I've ever read on here. And I've read a lot on this website over the years. So regular people don't see movies multiple times in theaters? As if it's exclusively a "nerd" thing? Lol MsGelter just dropped the mic on your ignorant ass.
4:24PM on 01/03/2016
I didn't know there were so many pre-teen girls on this site. Sorry my opinion upset you and ruined your day. I even stated "To me..." in my opinion to let you know this was my opinion and not a national survey. You all are the exact type of "freaks" I am talking about in my opinion though. lol
I didn't know there were so many pre-teen girls on this site. Sorry my opinion upset you and ruined your day. I even stated "To me..." in my opinion to let you know this was my opinion and not a national survey. You all are the exact type of "freaks" I am talking about in my opinion though. lol
4:43PM on 01/03/2016
"Avatar and Titanic news spread and grew for months if not years after they were released by word of mouth and got everyone to see them"

This is only for theatrical run. Years have nothing to do with it. Titanic was in theaters for a very long time. Star Wars did it in 3 weeks
"Avatar and Titanic news spread and grew for months if not years after they were released by word of mouth and got everyone to see them"

This is only for theatrical run. Years have nothing to do with it. Titanic was in theaters for a very long time. Star Wars did it in 3 weeks
8:00PM on 01/03/2016
@American4397 - LOL don't get defensive and turn it around on us because you got called on your dumb ass comment. STFU, sit back and watch that Star Wars $$$$ come rolling in.
@American4397 - LOL don't get defensive and turn it around on us because you got called on your dumb ass comment. STFU, sit back and watch that Star Wars $$$$ come rolling in.
2:22PM on 01/03/2016

Adjusted for inflation it has a long way to go

For star wars to become the biggest movie of all time domestically, it must beat gone with the wind's 1.7 billion. I don't see that happening.
For star wars to become the biggest movie of all time domestically, it must beat gone with the wind's 1.7 billion. I don't see that happening.
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2:47PM on 01/03/2016
boooo
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2:56PM on 01/03/2016
I don't think anyone thinks this article (or any article discussing breaking box office records), is referring to the adjusted for inflation total,
I don't think anyone thinks this article (or any article discussing breaking box office records), is referring to the adjusted for inflation total,
4:28PM on 01/03/2016
@ucfrp well they should be talking about adjusted because it gives a more accurate look at it. Not sure why more outlets don't factor in the adjusted for inflation.
@ucfrp well they should be talking about adjusted because it gives a more accurate look at it. Not sure why more outlets don't factor in the adjusted for inflation.
6:40PM on 01/03/2016
That's a stupid argument. For people to watch Gone With The Wind they had to go to the movie theater. It could be YEARS before they could see it on TV. Force Awakens can be downloaded for free (pirated) already, and it will be available for $1.50 on Redbox in 8 months. So it doesn't stay in the theaters as long and people don't see it as many times.

Trying to compare films from different ages by adjusting for inflation is just dumb.
That's a stupid argument. For people to watch Gone With The Wind they had to go to the movie theater. It could be YEARS before they could see it on TV. Force Awakens can be downloaded for free (pirated) already, and it will be available for $1.50 on Redbox in 8 months. So it doesn't stay in the theaters as long and people don't see it as many times.

Trying to compare films from different ages by adjusting for inflation is just dumb.
1:53AM on 01/04/2016
Actually gone with the wind wasn't the most financially successful film the title and crown goes to the great granddaddy of the found footage film, Ingagi from 1930.
Actually gone with the wind wasn't the most financially successful film the title and crown goes to the great granddaddy of the found footage film, Ingagi from 1930.
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