Star Wars into 2016 on top
LOS ANGELES (AP):
Star Wars: The Force Awakens marched confidently into 2016, raking in an additional US$88.3 million over the New Year's weekend and topping the box office for a third week, according to studio estimates yesterday.
In addition to setting a new high mark in New Year's box office history, the record-breaking film blew past the domestic grosses of both Jurassic World (US$652.3 million) and Titanic (US$658.7 million) to become the second-highest earner of all time, with US$740.3 million in just 19 days of release.
The top domestic film is Avatar, with a US$760.5 million lifetime domestic gross, but Star Wars is barrelling in to surpass it soon. It took Avatar 72 days to reach US$700 million. Star Wars did that in 16 days.
While Star Wars might not give up its throne anytime soon, films like Daddy's Home and Sisters have proven to be incredibly strong performers.
Daddy's Home, the comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, came in second with an estimated US$29 million, bringing its total to US$93.7 million in just two weeks. The film fell only 25 per cent from its first weekend in cinemas. Even more formidable is the mere 11 per cent drop from the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy, Sisters, which brought in US$12.6 million in its third weekend for a fourth-place spot. The film has earned US$61.7 million so far.
The year is off to a strong start overall, up 24.5 per cent from last year.
Following are the estimated ticket sales for Friday through yesterday at US and Canadian cinemas, according to Rentrak.
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, US$88.3m
2. Daddy's Home, US$29m
3. The Hateful Eight, US$16.2m
4. Sisters, US$12.6m
5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, US$11.8m
6. Joy, US$10.4m
7. The Big Short, US$9m
8. Concussion, US$8m
9. Point Break, US$6.8m
10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, US$4.6m