Box-Office Results: Joy battles Big Short as Point Break enters free-fall
The box-office results are finally in after a week of releases offered plenty of new content for moviegoers to enjoy. The final weekend of 2015 marked another monumental gain for Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the sci-fi epic brought in another $154M at the domestic box-office. “Star Wars” will finish 2015 with a domestic total of $545M, a stunning achievement in just two weeks at theaters. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was directed by J.J. Abrams, working off a script that he wrote with Lawrence Kasdan. The film stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac as well as the original cast of heroes.
“Star Wars” only went up against two other major releases when it was released last week, those two films being the latest “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and the comedy “Sisters,” but this week it went up against five new features.
Coming in at number two this weekend on the domestic box-office charts was “Daddy’s Home” from Paramount Pictures with $38.8M. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg teamed-up once again for the 2015 comedy, opening 3,721 locations over the film’s debut weekend. Sean Anders directed the comedy, working off a screenplay he wrote with Brian Burns. Joining Ferrell and Wahlberg on-screen was Linda Cardellini.
One of the few dramatic openings to hit theaters this week was “Joy” from director David O. Russell, but only managed to hit third-place on its opening weekend. The film brought Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro together again to tell the story of the woman that invented the “Miracle Mop”. Russell wrote the screenplay for the project, based on the original story written by Annie Mumolo. “Joy” earned $17.5M this weekend for FOX and the film opened across 2,896 locations.
Fourth-place overall went to the Universal Pictures comedy “Sisters,” starring Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph. The film earned $13.9M across 2,962 locations in its second-week in theaters. The film has now earned just over $37M domestically.
“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” from Fox took fifth-place with $12.7M, raising the film’s two-week total to just under $40M since it was released last week. The animated comedy screened at 3,705 locations this weekend and offers the talents of Jason Lee, Jesica Ahlberg and Josh Green. Walt Becker directed the film.
Missing the top-five this weekend but still worth mentioning are quite a few big-name debuts and returning titles. “Concussion” took sixth-place overall for the film’s debut, despite offering a popular cast and topical subject matter. The film took aim at the on-going NFL controversy surrounding head-injuries and coverups within the organization. “Concussion” was directed by Peter Landesman, who also co-wrote the story along with Jeanne Marie Laskas. Will Smith, Alec Baldwin and Albert Brooks star in the drama for Sony Pictures but only managed to make $11M over the film’s debut weekend. That is quite a low turnout considering that the the film opened across 2,841 locations.
“The Big Short” from Paramount Pictures took on the mortgage crises this year with an all-star cast including Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt but only managed to reach seventh-place in the film’s second week at the box-office with $10.52M. Adam McKay directed the bio-drama, working off a screenplay that he co-wrote with Charles Randolph. The film is based on the book written by Michael Lewis and screened across 1,585 locations this week.
Another missed opportunity at the box-office this weekend was the remake of the 1991 hit “Point Break”. The film debuted at number-eight on the domestic charts this week with just $10.2M. Ericson Core directed the remake, working off a screenplay written by Kurt Wimmer and was based on Rick King’s original story. The new film stars Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone and Teresa Palmer. The film opened across 2,910 locations.
Releasing in limited theaters this weekend was Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated film “The Hateful Eight” with Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The drama, which was also written by Tarantino, opened across 100 theaters this week and managed to pull-in $4.53M at the box-office.
“The Revenant” from Fox, which also released to a limited number of theaters, managed to pull-in $471K at just four theaters. The film was directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter.