The records just keep coming for Star Wars
Star Wars: The Force Awakens rang in the new year by breaking even more box office records this weekend, raking in an estimated $88.3 million domestically.
That means that The Force Awakens earned the highest domestic third weekend ever, and its domestic total is now at $740.3 million. Earlier this weekend, it surpassed both Jurassic World ($652.3 million) and Titanic ($658.7 million) to become the second-highest grossing domestic movie ever (unadjusted for inflation), and within the next few days, it should dethrone Avatar ($760.5 million) to become the biggest domestic movie ever.
The Force Awakens also became the fastest (and only the second movie ever) to reach $700 million, doing it 16 days. Avatar took 72 days to hit that mark. The Force Awakens also set a new domestic record for the biggest New Year’s Day box office haul with $34.5 million.
Globally, The Force Awakens pulled in $184.6 million this weekend, bringing its worldwide total to a whopping $1.51 billion. It will soon surpass The Avengers ($1.52 billion) and Furious 7 ($1.515 billion) to become the fourth-biggest movie of all time. It’s also become IMAX’s second highest-grossing movie ever with a global total of $152 million, and in record time: The Force Awakens reached that total in only 19 days, as opposed to Avatar, which took 47 days. The Force Awakens has opened worldwide with the exception of China, where it will debut this weekend.
In other box office news from a galaxy not so far, far away, Daddy’s Home took second for the weekend, earning an estimated $29 million. The Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg-starring comedy debuted above expectations last weekend, and it held up well in its second outing, falling only 25 percent. Its domestic total is now at $93.7 million.
After an exclusive 70mm debut in only 100 theaters,The Hateful Eight went wide this week, expanding to 2,474 theaters and earning $16.2 million for third place. The Quentin Tarantino picture earned a B CinemaScore, and its domestic total is now at $29.6 million.
Holdovers Sisters and Alvins and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip rounded out the top five, and both have held up well since opening against The Force Awakens. The R-rated Sisters, which stars Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, fell only 11 percent and earned $12.6 million this weekend. Its domestic total is now at $61.7 million. Alvin and the Chipmunks fell 10 percent to earn $11.8 million for a total of $67.4 million.
At the specialty box office, Anomalisa debuted in four locations on Wednesday, earning $140,000 over three days and $215,000 over five. The Revenant also continued its successful four-theater run, earning an estimated $474,560 in its second weekend.