Star Wars The Force Awakens Number 1 Movie Of All Time.
J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars The Force Awakens grossed a record-breaking $88.3 million in the United States over New Year’s weekend to close out the holidays with $740.3 million domestically and $1.51 billion globally for Disney and Lucasfilm. Domestically, it’s the third biggest weekend in history for any film.
On Monday 4 January, Star Wars The Force Awakens overtook Avatar ($760.8 million) to become the the top-grossing film of all time in North America, (not accounting for inflation), becoming the fastest title in history to hit $700 million, a feat accomplished in 16 days. It took Avatar, the previous champ, 72 days.
Star Wars The Force Awakens is on track to become the first movie in history to cross the $1 billion mark at the U.S. box office. It should accomplish that feat by the first week of February. It will still need to sell 50 million additional tickets, however, after it crosses the $1 billion mark, to catch up to the original Star Wars, released in 1977, which sold over 150 million tickets during its theatrical release.
Daddy’s Home stayed safely parked at No. 2 throughout the holidays, closing out New Year’s weekend with $29 million from 3,342 locations for a domestic cume of $93.7 million for partners Paramount and Red Granite Pictures. Overseas, Daddy’s Home is also making strides, grossing $9.2 million from 15 markets for an early foreign cume of $21.9 million and global total of $115.6 million.
Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight rode to No. 3 after expanding nationwide midweek, earning $16.2 million for the weekend from 2,474 locations for an early domestic total of $29.6 million. From The Weinstein Co., Hateful Eight, earning a B CinemaScore, first debuted Christmas Day in an exclusive 70mm run.
Like Daddy’s Home, Universal’s R-rated comedy Sisters thrived. The movie, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, placed No. 4 with $15.6 million from 2,978 theaters for a domestic total of $61.7 million. Internationally, the comedy has earned $4.4 million from its first few markets for a total $66.1 million worldwide.
Targeting younger tots, Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip rounded out the top five with $11.8 million from 3,474 locations for a domestic total of $67.4 million. (Both Road Chip and Sisters opened opposite Force Awakens over the Dec. 18-20 weekend.)
Elsewhere, a number of awards contenders used the Christmas corridor to launch, including Hateful Eight, Joy, The Big Short and Concussion.
Joy, directed by David O. Russell and starring Jennifer Lawrence, has done OK business, grossing $10.4 million from 2,924 theaters over New Year’s weekend for a domestic total of $38.7 million. The dramedy placed No. 6.
The Big Short, the financial dramedy directed by Adam McKay, followed with an estimated $9 million from 1,585 locations, a modest footprint, for a total of $33 million. Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt, The Big Short will expand nationwide on Jan. 8, timed to the Golden Globes ceremony.