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Weekend Box Office Report: January 15-17, 2016

01.17.2016

Ride Along 2 shoots to #1!

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart's crimefighting reunion snatched the crown from Kylo Ren this weekend to win the top spot as RIDE ALONG 2 opened with an estimated $34 million!

The PG-13 comedy sequel from director Tim Story couldn't match the start of his surprise hit original, which opened on this same weekend in 2014 to $41.5 million (the second-highest January opening ever). But it was still enough to finally take the throne from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, which sat on top and crushed records for four weekends.

Propelled by Golden Globe wins and Oscar nominations, THE REVENANT remained in second place with $29.5 million. That's a drop of only 25% from its first weekend in wide release. The pricey and bloody Leonardo DiCaprio period endurance test is at a domestic total of $87.6 million after ten days in 3500 locations, and could end up being one of the actor's highest grossing efforts.

On its fifth weekend in theaters, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS slipped to third place with $25.1 million. The seventh chapter of the beloved space saga has a domestic total of $851 million and has hurtled past $1 billion just from international audiences, with its sights now targeting the $2.1 billion worldwide total of TITANIC.

In fourth place was Michael Bay's new action-thriller 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI with $16 million, which marks the third-lowest opening for the explosive filmmaker besides BAD BOYS ($15.5 million) and THE ISLAND ($12.4 million).

The R-rated fact-based account of the hot-button predicament cost a reported $50 million, a reasonable sum for a Bay movie. With an almost-acceptable 59% critical average on Rotten Tomatoes, it's the director's second-best reviewed release (THE ROCK scored 66%).

The Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy DADDY'S HOME was in fifth with $9.3 million for an impressive domestic total of $129.2 million since its release on Christmas Day, passing the $119 million total of their previous comedic collaboration THE OTHER GUYS.

The new computer-animated family feature NORM OF THE NORTH opened in sixth with $6.6 million. The polar bear adventure currently holds the dubious honor of being the year's first release to receive a 0% average on Rotten Tomatoes.

The PG-13 horror movie THE FOREST was chopped down to seventh with $5.7 million, a loss of 54% from last week's fourth place opening. The Natalie Dormer supernatural thriller has a 10-day domestic total of $21.1 million on a reported budget of $10 million.

Adam McKay's award-nominated financial crisis drama THE BIG SHORT was in eighth with $5.2 million for a $50.5 million domestic total. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's tenacious comedy SISTERS was in ninth, and Quentin Tarantino's THE HATEFUL EIGHT took the bottom slot with a $47.5 million domestic total.

Outside the chart, David O. Russell's JOY disappeared with Will Smith's CONCUSSION and ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP. Academy-acknowledged dramas BROOKLYN, CAROL and SPOTLIGHT took advantage of the attention to add several hundred screens, taking in an average of $1.5 million each.

Next weekend has Chloe Moretz in the young-adult sci-fi adaptation THE 5TH WAVE, Robert De Niro and Zac Efron get together for the R-rated comedy DIRTY GRANDPA, and a kid gives supernatural chills in THE BOY.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Ride Along 2 $34 M
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2. The Revenant $29.5 M $87.6 M
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $25.1 M $851 M
4. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi $16 M
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5. Daddy's Home $9.3 M $129.2 M
6. Norm of the North $6.6 M
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7. The Forest $5.7 M $21.1 M
8. The Big Short $5.2 M $50.5 M
9. Sisters $4.4 M $81.8 M
10. The Hateful Eight $3.4 M $47.5 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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