Weekend Box Office: The Revenant Opens Strong, But Star Wars Still Number One
The Revenant made a strong showing on Friday, topping Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but as the weekend continued Star Wars pulled ahead to top the box office for a fourth weekend in a row.
With $38 million The Revenant launched its wide release higher than most expectations. With the likelihood of upcoming awards season bringing extra attention through the end of the month, the buzz may help push it all the way to $100 million.
Over the week The Force Awakens cruised past Avatar to be the highest ever grossing domestic movie and this weekend it cleared another landmark: first movie to ever break $800 million. At $812 million the movie is finally beginning to show signs of a normal decline, dropping over 50% from last weekend. Unless it holds incredibly strong into next weekend it's not likely to go much further than $900 million.
The lone new release this weekend, horror flick The Forest, bowed in at fourth place with $13 million. Not bad for a movie that was equally panned by critics and audiences. The lack of praise will likely translate to a rapid fall off next week, but the damage is done. Against a $10 million production budget the movie is already a financial success.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:
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