Weekend Box Office Wrap-up: December 27, 2015

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Moviegoers returned to the galaxy far, far away this weekend for more record breaking results, but the newcomers performed well on their own at the box office, all things considered.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens continued its dominant run, bringing in $153.5 million in its second weekend. As we theorized earlier in the week, Star Wars 7 was able to break the previous second weekend mark that was set by Jurassic World earlier this year. The blockbuster held extremely well considering its whopping $247.9 million debut, as it saw only a 38.1 percent decrease from its first weekend. The Force Awakens is already the second-highest grossing film domestically of 2015, as the total is now up to $544.5 million. It's also become the top earner of the franchise, but that's without considering inflation.

Opening in second is the new comedy Daddy's Home (read our review), which used the star power of Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell to make $38.8 million in its first three days, the highest opening for a live action Ferrell vehicle since 2006's Talladega Nights. That's a considerable increase from what it was projected to make heading into the holiday, and it's honestly a little surprising it was able to gross so much. Not only did it have Star Wars to deal with, reviews were not exactly glowing. Still, the family comedy managed to have some appeal for audiences looking for a laugh, and it seems to be set up for a decent performance when it's all said and done.

David O. Russell's Joy (read our review) debuted in third with $17.5 million, which is only slightly below what the director's American Hustle grossed when it went wide in December 2013 ($19.1 million). This film is not generating the type of awards buzz Russell's last batch of movies have, but the allure of seeing star Jennifer Lawrence on the big screen was something hard to pass up. Also, its inspirational narrative of a woman persevering through tough times made it a nice, heartwarming option for the Christmas season, since moviegoers are looking for something that makes them feel good inside.

Jennifer Lawrence in David O. Russell's Joy

Sisters fell to fourth in its second weekend, adding $13.8 million to its domestic total. That's only a 0.3 percent decrease from what it made in its opening weekend. The comedy is up to $37.1 million in the States.

At #5 is Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip with $12.7 million. The family flick took only an 11.1 percent hit from its first weekend and is now at $39.3 million domestically.

Will Smith's latest film, Concussion (read our review), came in sixth with $11 million in its first weekend. The film put together a fairly sizable marketing campaign and received generally positive reviews, but it just could not handle the competition. There are so many films playing this time of year, and Concussion's subject matter (the discovery of brain disease in pro football players) probably made it a tough sell for audiences searching for a fun time at the theater. It also didn't have Oscar buzz to give it a little boost, and it will be interesting to see how it performs going forward.

Expanding nationwide, The Big Short managed to go up to #7, making $10.5 million over the weekend. The financial dramedy actually went wide on Wednesday, December 23, so it was able to do some business before the weekend formally started (which may have impacted its place on the charts). Nevertheless, the awards contender has now grossed $16 million domestically.

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The remake of the cult classic Point Break (read our review) bombed in its debut, coming in eighth with $10.2 million. Nobody expected this film to do much at the box office, so this isn't exactly surprising. Many felt it was unnecessary from the moment it was announced, and the reviews seemed to prove that claim. If this is the first impression Point Break made, it will fade into obscurity very, very soon.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 came at #9 this week with $5.3 million. The young-adult adaptation is up to $264.6 million domestically.

Boxing drama Creed finishes off the top ten with $4.6 million. The film has now grossed $96.3 million Stateside.

Outside the top 10: Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (read our review) opened in its special Roadshow version on Christmas in just 100 locations, but it made an impressive $4.5 million from those screenings. That shows audience interest is high for the project, and as it goes nationwide on New Year's Eve, it should be in great shape commercially.

[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates -- based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, December 21 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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