Moviegoers were offered a limited-line of new releases at the box-office this weekend as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” continues to dominate the charts. Opening-wide across the country this week was the highly anticipated drama from Quentin Tarantino called “The Hateful Eight,” which had a tremendous limited-release showing in late December.
Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” pulled in another $88.3M at the domestic box-office this week, screening at 4,134 locations. This marks the third-weekend in a row that the film has taken the top-spot, as it continues to break records across the globe. After three-weeks “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has earned over $740.2M in domestic sales alone, on its way to surpass “Avatar” in total global sales with $2.78B. The film 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, along with the original leading cast.
Paramount Pictures’ comedy “Daddy’s Home” came in at number-two for the second week in a row, beating out the new releases and earning $29M at the domestic box-office. The film screened at 3,342 locations and has now earned just under $94M in two-weeks. Sean Anders directed the comedy, working off a screenplay he wrote with Brian Burns. The film stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Linda Cardellini.
Moving from limited-release to wide-release this week was “The Hateful Eight.” The film earned $16.2M domestically, adding 2,374 locations across the country. The drama stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh and was directed by Quentin Tarantino. “The Hateful Eight,” which was also written by Tarantino, screened at 2,474 theaters this week and managed to pull-in $29.6M at the domestic box-office since the film premiered in theaters two weeks ago.
The fourth-spot on the charts this week went to the Universal Pictures comedy “Sisters,” starring Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph. The film earned $12.6M across 2,978 locations this weekend and remains at number-four for the second week in a row. “Sisters” has now earned just over $61M domestically, the comedy was released in theaters three weeks ago.
Closing-out the top-five this weekend was the animated-comedy from FOX called “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”. The film brought-in an additional $11.8M this weekend, screening across 3,474 locations. The latest “Chipmunk” family-friendly installment stars Jason Lee, Jesica Ahlberg and Josh Green. The film was directed by Walt Becker.
Missing the top-five but worth mentioning is “Joy” starring Jennifer Lawrence at sixth-place overall (dropping from third-place last week) with $10.4M. “The Big Short” dropped from sixth-place to seventh-place with only $9M this weekend. “Point Break” continues to bomb at the domestic box-office dropping from eight-place to ninth-place this week, earning just $22.4M domestically in two-weeks.