There’s no stopping Star Wars any time soon.
The obliteration of records continued during its third weekend in release with the film taking in $90.2 million. To keep its domination into context – as if the first two weeks haven’t done that – the third weekend cume is the highest weekend gross for January. That’s in it’s third weekend in release. The previous record-holder was American Sniper, which took in $89.2 million last January.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has now taken in a hefty $742 million at the domestic box office, surpassing Avatar for highest grossing film all time. Internationally, the film has taken in $770 million for a total of $1.512 billion, good for 6th all time, and that’s without the benefit of a release in China, the second biggest market.
In second place was the Will Farrell-Mark Wahlberg comedy, Daddy’s Home, with $29.2 million. That brings its 10-day total to $93.8 million, a figure nearing the previous collaboration between Farrell and Wahlberg, The Other Guys ($119.2 million).
The wide release of the hotly anticipated Quentin Tarantino film, The Hateful Eight, took in $15.7 million, good for third place. That figure is disappointing when compared to the last two Tarantino openings: Django Unchained ($30 million) and Inglorious Basterds ($38 million). Although it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, it’s disappointing the Tarantino name alone didn’t lift the film to a higher number.
Next week brings the wide release of another hotly anticipated film in The Revenant, but look for Star Wars to hold on to the top spot for the foreseeable future.
Source: Box Office Mojo