A blizzard kept most of the East Coast from enjoying the box-office this weekend, halting ticket-sales for this week’s new releases. Despite the snow and disappointing box-office results, none of the three major-releases made the top-three this weekend. This allowed films like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to gain ground as the film continues to break records.
Taking the top-spot on the domestic charts this week was FOX’s Oscar-hopeful “The Revenant” with $16M across 3,711 locations. The drama has now earned over $119M for FOX domestically, the film was released five-weeks ago. “The Revenant” was directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, working off a screenplay that he co-wrote with Mark L. Smith. “The Revenant” stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter.
Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” went from third to second-place this week with $14.3M across 3,365 locations. The film inches towards one-billion domestically each week, now sitting at an estimated $879.2M in just six weeks in theaters. “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, along with the original leading cast.
Dropping from first to third-place with $12.9M was the comedy “Ride Along 2,” now in its second week at theaters domestically. The Universal film debuted at number-one last week and remained at 3,192 locations this week. “Ride Along 2” was directed by Tim Story, while Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi wrote the script. “Ride Along 2” stars Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter and Olivia Munn.
Leading the new-releases but only managing to take fourth-place overall was “Dirty Grandpa” with $11.5M, the Lionsgate comedy stars Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch and Aubrey Plaza. “Dirty Grandpa” follows an uptight guy and his grandfather, a perverted former Army general, as they travel to Florida for spring break. “Dirty Grandpa” was directed by Dan Mazer, working off a script written by John Phillips. The film debuted in 2,912 locations.
Horror-thriller “The Boy” only managed to reach $11.3M across 2,671 locations this week, the film landed in fifth-place overallduring it’s opening weekend. The film stars Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans and James Russell and was directed by William Brent Bell. The story, written by Stacey Menear, follows an American nanny that is hired to take-care of an English family’s life-sized doll. After violating a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.
Sony struck-out again with the sci-fi epic “The Fifth Wave” starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Matthew Zuk, Gabriela Lopez and Bailey Anne Borders. The sci-fi adventure film only managed to make $10.7M across 2,908 locations, which is only a third of the film’s estimated $38M budget. “The Fifth Wave” was directed by J Blakeson and follows the events of an alien invasion of Earth. The story follows Cassie (Moretz) as she tries to save her younger brother, all while humanity struggles to survive increasingly more devastating attacks from the aliens.