Star Wars third on all-time list
LOS ANGELES (AP)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens stayed on top of the North American box office for the fourth straight weekend, beating out Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant and becoming the third-largest grossing movie in the world ever.
According to studio estimates yesterday, the adventures of Rey, Finn and stalwarts from the previous Star Wars films raked in US$41.6 million in the US and Canada and US$104.3 million overseas, led by a record-breaking opening in China.
Disney distribution Executive Vice-President Dave Hollis said the expected US$53 million debut weekend in China was "spectacular", given the film is the first Star Wars episode many Chinese people have ever seen. "We're very encouraged," he said.
In the US and Canada, it is the biggest movie ever and the first to pass US$800 million, with US$812 million so far.
Its global total now stands at US$1.73 billion, according to The Walt Disney Co, passing Jurassic World, with US$1.67 billion. The film now has in its sights number two Titanic, with its US$2.2 billion box office haul in 1997-98, and number one Avatar, from 2009-2010 at US$2.8 billion.
The Revenant, a gritty R-rated movie directed by Alejandro Inarritu about an 1820s frontiersman who gets mauled by a bear, blasted through expectations of about US$25 million in its first weekend of wide release with a US$38 million haul, following limited showings in New York and Los Angeles in December.
Of the top 10 films this weekend, only Focus Features' The Forest was in cinemas for the first time over the weekend, coming in fourth at US$13.1 million.
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, US$41.6m (US$104.3m international).
2. The Revenant, US$38m (US$20.2m international)
3. Daddy's Home, US$15m (US$10.2m international).
4. The Forest, US$13.1m (US$450,000 international).
5. Sisters, US$7.2m (US$3.4m international).
6. The Hateful Eight, US$6.4m (US$12m international)
7. The Big Short, US$6.3m ($4.6 million international).
8. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, US$5.5m (US$5.8 million international).
9. Joy, US$4.5m (US$7.5m international).
10. Concussion, US$3.1m.