As expected “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” easily took the box-office this week with a stunning $238M debut over the weekend. The latest Star Wars installment broke the previous weekend box-office total of $208M, which was previously held by Universal Pictures “Jurassic World”. In the new installment, directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac join the original cast of heroes. The events in the film take place roughly 30 years after the original trilogy.
“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” from FOX managed to take second-place over the weekend with an impressive $14.4M debut. The film opened across 3,653 locations and stars the talents of Jason Lee, Jesica Ahlberg and Josh Green. Walt Becker directed the latest CGI installment for the studio.
The Universal Pictures adult-comedy “Sisters” starring Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph hit third-place over the film’s opening weekend debut. Jason Moore directed the comedy, working off a screenplay written by Paula Pell. “Sisters” earned $13.42M over the weekend at the domestic box-office, screening across 2,962 locations.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 2” dropped from first to fourth at the box-office this week with a $5.65M weekend. The film remained in 2,653 locations despite the three new films that debuted this week. The film has now earned $254.4M domestically in just five-weeks in theaters. Francis Lawrence directed the film, working off a screenplay written by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth star in the series.
Rounding out the top-five this weekend was “Creed” with $5.08M domestically. The film screened across 2,433 locations and has earned just under $88M over the past four weeks in theaters. The film stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson.
Missing the top-five but worth mentioning is Disney’s “The Good Dinosaur” with $4.3M at the box-office. This weekend’s earnings landed the film in the sixth-spot on the domestic charts. The film has earned $96.6M domestically since it was released four weeks ago.
It will be interesting to see just how long “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” can remain at the number-one spot on the domestic charts as we head into the new-year. The film has an outstanding 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, indicating that fans are quite pleased with the latest installment to the popular franchise.