With the East coast rocked by a snowstorm, there wasn't a lot of time to go to the movies. But holdovers still found success at the box office.
Coming in first this weekend is The Revenant, which made $16 million. That raises the film's domestic total to an impressive $119.1 million, and the drama is about to become one of the 25 highest-grossing films of 2015. Revenant has benefitted from its strong showing on the awards circuit. It's one of the Best Picture frontrunners and star Leonardo DiCaprio is all but a lock to take home Best Actor for the first time in his career. Those factors have made it a must-see in the theater, as people see what all the buzz is about.
At #2 is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It's been in theaters for more than a month, but the continuation of the beloved space opera continues to draw in large crowds. The film made $14.2 million over the weekend to raise its total to $879.2 million Stateside. If it keeps performing like this, there's an outside chance it hits $1 billion from domestic ticket sales.
Last week's champ, Ride Along 2, fell to third in its second weekend with $12.9 million. That is a whopping 63.2 percent drop from its opening figures, a clear indication that this comedy will not have strong legs at the box office. The negative reviews seem to be the primary culprit, diminishing widespread interest in the movie. Things aren't all bad though. Ride Along 2 cost just $40 million to produce and has made $59.1 million domestically. It could still turn a small profit when it's all said and done.
Opening at #4 is another comedy, Dirty Grandpa. The film debuted in line with expectations, making $11.5 million in its first three days. The tandem of Robert De Niro and Zac Efron was heavily featured in a visible marketing campaign, but the critical reception illustrated that this was not exactly a comedic classic. Those who were able to get out and make it to the theater chose to spend time with the holdovers, unimpressed by the negative word-of-mouth Dirty Grandpa spawned. Interest is low, so this one should fade away shortly.
Rounding out the top five is horror flick The Boy, which made $11.2 million in its opening weekend. Though the film is unlikely to become a mainstream crossover hit, it's already surpassed its $10 million budget, so it's well on its way to turning a tidy profit for STX Entertainment. It didn't score the best reviews, but horror films have found success at this time of year, and fans of the genre were looking for a scare.
Young-adult adaptation The 5th Wave debuted in sixth this weekend, making $10.7 million. Like this week's other releases, the film was slammed by critics, turning casual audiences against it. The source material does have its fans, but the audience is not as widespread as something like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, which also hurt the film's box office prospects. The good news for Sony is that The 5th Wave is playing better overseas, making $27.4 million from foreign markets. So it's already recouped its production budget. Time will tell if that's enough to get it a sequel, but for now the demand doesn't seem to be there.
Michael Bay's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldier of Benghazi is #7 after making $9.7 million in its second weekend. The war drama, while generally well-received, will not go down as one of the director's top earners. It's only made $33.4 million domestically, well short of its $50 million budget.
Daddy's Home comes in eighth with $5.2 million. The comedy is now up to $138.7 million domestically.
The animated flop Norm of the North is your #9 film with $4.1 million. Through two weeks, it's only made $14.2 million at the U.S. box office.
Finishing off the top 10 is the recently crowned Producers Guild of America Best Picture winner, The Big Short. The Oscar frontrunner brought in $3.5 million this weekend to raise its domestic total to $56.7 million.
[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 25 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo