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Weekend Box Office Report: January 8-10, 2016

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The Force remains strong!

The beloved rebellious heroes and imperious villains continue to rule the box office as STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS again stayed on top with $41.6 million!

A current domestic total of $812 million means that director J.J. Abrams has officially shoved his way past previous box office champ James Cameron to defeat both TITANIC ($658 million) and AVATAR ($760 million), making THE FORCE AWAKENS now the highest-grossing domestic release in history.

(Yes, there is an argument to be made in regards to inflation adjustments and number of tickets sold, both of which keep the records for 1939's GONE WITH THE WIND as well as the original STAR WARS in a galaxy far, far away from THE FORCE AWAKENS. It shouldn't diminish the achievement.)

In addition, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS now has a worldwide total of $1.73 billion to surge past the $1.66 billion of last summer's smash JURASSIC WORLD, placing it third on the list of highest worldwide grosses behind the resilient TITANIC and AVATAR.

In second place, THE REVENANT expanded from its limited run and gathered $38 million on its first weekend in wide release. The brutal R-rated survival story from Oscar-winning BIRDMAN filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu was the fourth-highest opening for actor Leonardo DiCaprio behind SHUTTER ISLAND, THE GREAT GATSBY and INCEPTION.

Iñárritu's latest awards contender (which cost a reported $135 million to make) also had the fifth-highest opening for a wide release in January. The harsh tale of endurance and frontier vengeance is currently at an 80% critical average on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg team-up DADDY'S HOME was in third with another $15 million, putting the comedy's current total at a robust $116.3 million.

Opening in fourth was the new PG-13 horror movie THE FOREST with $13 million. Set in Japan's legendary supernatural forest, the year's first horror release (featuring "Game of Thrones" star Natalie Dormer) only cost a reported $10 million. Critics abandoned it in the woods with 12% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy SISTERS holds on in the top half of the chart after a month in release with another $7.1 million for a $74.5 million total. Quentin Tarantino's volatile Western THE HATEFUL EIGHT slipped from third to sixth place with $6.3 million, down nearly 60% from its first wide weekend despite adding 450 more screens.

Adam McKay's illuminating (if depressing) financial meltdown drama THE BIG SHORT added another 1000 screens and retained seventh place with $6.3 million. ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP followed in eighth, and David O. Russell's JOY and the Will Smith drama CONCUSSION closed out the Top 10.

Outside the chart, the POINT BREAK remake surfed into the sunset along with THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2, and the Cate Blanchett drama CAROL expanded to 525 locations and made $1.4 million.

Next weekend has Ice Cube and Kevin Hart reuniting for RIDE ALONG 2, plus Michael Bay delivers his version of realism with 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI and a computer-animated polar bear arrives in NORM OF THE NORTH.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $41.6 M $812 M
2. The Revenant $38 M $39.5 M
3. Daddy's Home $15 M $116.3 M
4. The Forest $13 M
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5. Sisters $7.1 M $74.8 M
6. The Hateful Eight $6.3 M $41.4 M
7. The Big Short $6.3 M $42.8 M
8. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip $5.5 M $75.6 M
9. Joy $4.5 M $46.5 M
10. Concussion $3 M $30.9 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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7:01PM on 01/10/2016
Found some interesting stats for Gone with The Wind. It played for ~4 years and since 1939 has been re-released 8 times! [link]
Found some interesting stats for Gone with The Wind. It played for ~4 years and since 1939 has been re-released 8 times! [link]
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3:44PM on 01/10/2016

erm about the weinsteins + hateful 8

Itís no secret that their company was facing bankruptcy in the past and Quentinís recent films saved them but not this time.
Donít get me wrong Iím not saying Hateful is bad, and Iím sure it will turn a profit at the end of this weekend or the next (Most of the budget came from international pre sales). But theyíve had layoffs recently, a lot of higher up employers have left (one came back), they havenít released anything through Dimension in over a year and now rumours are theyíve lost what
Itís no secret that their company was facing bankruptcy in the past and Quentinís recent films saved them but not this time.
Donít get me wrong Iím not saying Hateful is bad, and Iím sure it will turn a profit at the end of this weekend or the next (Most of the budget came from international pre sales). But theyíve had layoffs recently, a lot of higher up employers have left (one came back), they havenít released anything through Dimension in over a year and now rumours are theyíve lost what rights they had to the Halloween franchise.
I think the Weinsteins need Hateful 8 to be doing better. Cause their line up for the first third of the year doesnít look like it has any possible hits.
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3:16PM on 01/10/2016

Inflation blah blah blah

The argument about 'adjusted for inflation' is moronic. The damn movie made eight hundred and twelve million dollars now, today, in 2015/16. That's one hell of a lot of money, no matter how much a ticket costs. People should make like Kirsten Dunst and get over it.
The argument about 'adjusted for inflation' is moronic. The damn movie made eight hundred and twelve million dollars now, today, in 2015/16. That's one hell of a lot of money, no matter how much a ticket costs. People should make like Kirsten Dunst and get over it.
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3:49PM on 01/10/2016
It's not an argument but a point that should be considered. Hollywood should be counting tickets sold as well as dollars made. Avatar had a price bump because of expensive 3D tickets. But did more people see it that Star Wars? You'll never know if you just count the value of a dollar from 7 years ago.
It's not an argument but a point that should be considered. Hollywood should be counting tickets sold as well as dollars made. Avatar had a price bump because of expensive 3D tickets. But did more people see it that Star Wars? You'll never know if you just count the value of a dollar from 7 years ago.
4:05PM on 01/10/2016
Movies were in theaters much longer before as well going up against little competition.
Movies were in theaters much longer before as well going up against little competition.
2:35PM on 01/10/2016
Great for the Revenant; deserves every cent and critical appraisal its been receiving. It's definitely one of the best films of the year, but I don't think it tops as being THE best film of the year. I hope this is the film that finally gets Leo his long, much overdue Oscar, and this will probably be a repeat win for Inarrtu as well since technically the film is breathtaking.
Great for the Revenant; deserves every cent and critical appraisal its been receiving. It's definitely one of the best films of the year, but I don't think it tops as being THE best film of the year. I hope this is the film that finally gets Leo his long, much overdue Oscar, and this will probably be a repeat win for Inarrtu as well since technically the film is breathtaking.
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