‘Ride Along 2’ and ‘The Revenant’ end Star Wars’ weekend reign at the box office

This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, Kevin Hart, from left, as Ben Barber, Ken Jeong as A.J. and Ice Cube as James Payton in a scene from the film, "Ride Along 2." The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Jan. 15, 2016. (Quantrell D. Colbert/Universal Pictures via AP)

Ride Along 2 was able to take 1st place for the weekend, but it opened significantly lower than its predecessor. The Revenant took advantage of numerous awards recognition, and Star Wars padded its all-time domestic record.

Ride Along 2’s 3-day take came in at an estimated $34 million. Sequels will typically open bigger and fall faster.Ride Along 2 made $7 million less compared to the original Ride Along. The original Ride Along finished with $134.9 million by the end of its run. Ride Along 2 may struggle to reach $100 million due to its smaller than anticipated opening.

Regardless of how it does for the rest of its run however, Ride Along 2 was able to remove Star Wars from its perch atop the weekend box office. Since Ride Along 2 was also able to keep its budget low, it should still be profitable despite diminishing returns.

revenant4The Revenant followed its stellar debut with a strong hold in its second weekend. The Revenant’s $29.5 million for the 3-day weekend was only a 25% drop from its previous weekend. This brought its running total to $87 million. If Revenantwins the Best Picture award at the Oscars, it could have a chance to reach $200 million by the end of its run.

Star Wars reached several milestones this weekend domestically and internationally. Domestically Star Wars made $25 million and passed the $850 million marker. It should easily become the first movie ever to reach $900 million domestically, putting $140 million between itself and the previous all-time record holder.

Internationally Star Wars crossed $1 Billion, becoming only the 5th movie ever to reach the milestone. Star Wars should pass both Jurassic World and Furious 7’s international grosses before the end of its run. Titanic’s $1.5 billion may be out of reach however, as Star Wars has no new territories to add.

force awakensStar Wars totals:

  • Domestic: $851 million (1st place)
  • International: $1.01 Billion (5thplace)
  • Worldwide: $1.86 Billion (3rd place)

Star Wars will most likely end its run 1st place domestically, 3rd place internationally, and 2nd or 3rd place worldwide. Another $320 million for Star Wars would push it pass Titanic’s $2.18 billion worldwide gross. Barring a significant rerelease, this would beStar Wars final milestone reached on the all-time charts.

Opening in 4th place was 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. 13 Hours made an estimated $16 million for the weekend. 13 Hours opened strong on Friday, but tapered off quickly after that. The Michael Bay directed pic will struggle to match its production budget before leaving theaters.

Daddy’s Home enjoyed another weekend in the top 5 making $9.3 million. It has now made $129 million since Christmas Day, and moved into the top 25 movies released in 2015.

Norm of the North made $6.6 million for a 6th place finish. The trailers for the movie looked extremely low quality when compared with standard animated fare. The movie won’t last long in theaters and will most likely fail to reach $20 million.

This photo provided by Gramercy Pictures shows Taylor Kinney, left, as Aiden in Jason Zada’s "The Forest," a Gramercy Pictures release. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Jan. 8, 2016. (James Dittiger/Gramercy Pictures via AP)
This photo provided by Gramercy Pictures shows Taylor Kinney, left, as Aiden in Jason Zada’s “The Forest,” a Gramercy Pictures release. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Jan. 8, 2016. (James Dittiger/Gramercy Pictures via AP)

The Forest followed in 7th place with an estimated $5.7 million. Its 54% drop was the worst in the top 10, but was fairly strong for a horror/thriller movie.

By contrast, The Big Short posted the strongest hold in the top 10. Its $5.2 million was only a 16% drop from last weekend. That was enough to push it past $50 million. A $75 million finish is still a possibility.

Sisters followed in 9th place with $4.4 million. It crossed $81 million and remains on pace to cross $90 million. The Hateful Eight followed right behind with $3.4 million. Its $47 million total is somewhat disappointing when compared to director Quentin Tarentino’s previous effort Django Unchained which finished with $162 million.

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