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Box Office: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ beats ‘The Revenant’

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was able to hang on to the top spot at the box office for the fourth weekend in a row, beating Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s wilderness survival story The Revenant. 

The Force Awakens secured that first place spot with $41.6 million, but The Revenant wasn’t far behind. The film moved from four theaters to 3,371 over the weekend, and it brought in much more than expected: $38 million.

Even though it was just for a day, The Revenant brought in more than The Force Awakens on Friday–$14.4 million compared to Star Wars‘ $10.8 million. So far, Inarritu’s tale has brought in $39.6 million domestically. That’s just a few million short of Inarritu’s last Oscar-winning film Birdman, which made $42.3 million during its entire run.

The Revenant stars Tom Hardy alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as a frontiersman named Hugh Glass on a fur trading expedition in the 1800s trying to survive after being mauled by a bear. The film earned a B+ on CinemaScore, according to Entertainment Weekly.

No matter what, The Revenant has a leg up on The Force Awakens. DiCaprio is up for Best Actor at Sunday night’s Golden Globes for his work in the film!

Photo courtesy of The Telegraph
Photo courtesy of The Telegraph

Nevertheless, The Force Awakens held the No. 1 spot and its domestic total has risen to $812 million. This makes it the first film to ever make more than $800 million, EW reports.

Additionally, it opened in China Saturday and earned about $53 million in two days, making it China’s largest Saturday and Sunday opening ever. Globally, the film has earned an impressive $1.73 billion, passing up Jurassic World ($1.67 billion).

And earlier in the week, The Force Awakens surpassed Avatar to become the largest domestic movie in history, but it is still $1 billion behind Avatar’s worldwide total of $2.79 billion. Titanic still remains in second place with $2.19 billion.

The only wide release (since The Revenant had a two-week limited release) this weekend was the horror film The Forest starring Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer. It earned $13.1 million in 2,451 theaters, which was a little more than expected, but it only earned a C on Cinemascore. If you ask me, that’s not surprising.

Two comedies rounded out the top five: Daddy’s Home and Sisters. Daddy’s Home, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, earned $15 million over the weekend and $116.3 million domestically so far. And Sisters, which stars Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, took the fifth spot with $7.2 million and has earned $73.9 million domestically since its opening.

Daddy’s Home follows a Stepdad, Brad Whitaker (Will Ferrell), who is a radio host trying to get in the good graces of his stepchildren and to call him dad. However, his plan goes awry when the biological dad, Dusty Mayron (Mark Wahlberg) comes back into the picture.

Sisters follows two sisters (Amy Poehler and Tina Fey) who find out their parents are selling their family home, so they throw one last house party.

One film that did not quite make the top five was Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, which dropped 60 percent from last week (even though it added 464 theaters over the weekend). It sits in sixth place with $6.4 million. Since it opened on in a limited run on December 25, it has earned $41.5 million domestically.

Here’s one last look at the box office top five:

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens — $41.6 million
2. The Revenant — $38 million
3. Daddy’s Home — $15 million
4. The Forest — $13.1 million
5. Sisters — $7.2 million

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