The brothers in law became the new kings of the box office, dethroning the galaxy far, far away after an impressive run on top.
Coming in #1 is the comedy sequel Ride Along 2 (read our review), which brought in $34 million over its first three days. That's a little lower when compared to the original, but it's expected to make more over the extended holiday weekend. Even though the film's critical reception was not all that impressive, the pairing of Kevin Hart and Ice Cube proved to be too good to pass up. It's also been a while since a major comedy was released, which only added to this film's appeal. Time will tell how strong its legs will be (Dirty Grandpa opens next week), but for now it gets to enjoy its moment in the sun.
Oscar contender The Revenant is once again the #2 film, adding $29.5 million to its domestic haul. It has grossed $87.6 million in the States so far, quickly becoming the highest earner for director Alejandro González Iñárritu. The drama was helped in a major way this week after receiving 12 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for star Leonardo DiCaprio. It was already doing well commercially, but that's a big boost that will only ensure it stays on the top of the charts for a while. As Oscar season heats up, moviegoers will be interested to check it out.
After spending four weeks as the box office leader, Star Wars: The Force Awakens falls to third with $25.1 million. Disney has no reason to get upset though, since the space opera continues to add to its record shattering total and is up to $851 million.
Debuting at #4 is Michael Bay's thriller 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (read our review). The film made $16 million in its first three days, which certainly is on the lower end of the spectrum for the director. 13 Hours came up short of Pain & Gain ($20.2 million), which generally underperformed at the box office. Despite the true story appeal and Bay behind the camera, audiences weren't all that intrigued by the project, and it's unlikely it sticks around for much longer.
Rounding out the top five is Daddy's Home, which grossed $9.3 million. The comedy has now made $129.2 million domestically.
Opening in sixth is the animated film Norm of the North with $6.6 million. It received abysmal scores from critics, which acted as box office poison. Even when they're not acclaimed, family films like this usually post respectable numbers, but this clearly is an exception to the rule. Awareness was an issue, and there wasn't exactly good word-of-mouth surrounding it. There's not much out there for the coveted family demographic, but they'd apparently rather go back to see Star Wars again than spend some time with a twerking polar bear.
Horror film The Forest falls to seventh in its second weekend, making $5.7 million. Its domestic total is just $21.1 million, but it's more than doubled its production budget just here in the States.
Another major awards player, The Big Short, came at #8 this week with $5.2 million. Adam McKay's financial dramedy is now up to $50.5 million in the States.
Sisters comes in ninth with $4.4 million. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's latest collaboration has grossed $81.8 million to date.
Finishing off the top 10 is Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight with $3.4 million to raise its domestic total to $47.5 million. This means the Western will finish its run as one of the auteur's lowest earners, but it isn't all bad. When worldwide figures are factored in, Hateful Eight has made $65 million, easily surpassing its $44 million production budget. So this is more a disappointment than an outright bomb for Tarantino.
[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, January 18 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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