LOS ANGELES (AP) â€” â€œStar Wars: The Force Awakensâ€ marched confidently into the new year, raking in an additional $88.3 million over the New Yearâ€™s weekend and topping the box office for a third week, according to studio estimates Sunday.
In addition to setting a new high mark in New Yearâ€™s box office history, the record-busting film blew past the domestic grosses of both â€œJurassic Worldâ€ ($652.3 million) and â€œTitanicâ€ ($658.7 million) to become the second-highest earner of all time with $740.3 million in just 19 days of release.
The top domestic film is â€œAvatarâ€ with a $760.5 million lifetime domestic gross, but â€œStar Warsâ€ is barreling in to surpass it soon. For context, it took â€œAvatarâ€ 72 days to reach $700 million. â€œStar Warsâ€ did that in 16 days.
Internationally, â€œStar Warsâ€ earned $96.3 million this weekend, boosting its global total to $184.6 million. The film opens in China on Jan. 9.
While â€œStar Warsâ€ might not give up its throne any time soon, films like â€œDaddyâ€™s Homeâ€ and â€œSistersâ€ have proven to be incredibly strong performers.
â€œDaddyâ€™s Home,â€ the comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, came in second with an estimated $29 million, bringing its total to $93.7 million in just two weeks. The film fell only 25 percent from its first weekend in theaters. Even more formidable is the mere 11 percent drop from the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy â€œSisters,â€ which brought in $12.6 million in its third weekend for a fourth-place spot. The film has earned $61.7 million so far.
â€œWhen you look at the holding power of â€˜Daddyâ€™s Homeâ€™ and â€˜Sisters,â€™ it shows you that those films are for many people the antidote to â€˜Star Wars,’â€ said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for box office tracker Rentrak. â€œThe diversity of the slate that the studios created by not retreating from â€˜Star Warsâ€™ is helping.â€
Quentin Tarantinoâ€™s bloody Western â€œThe Hateful Eight,â€ meanwhile, took third with $16.2 million in its first weekend in wide release after a strong limited debut. The three-hour epic, which cost a reported $44 million to produce, has made $29.6 million to date â€” just shy of what â€œDjango Unchainedâ€ made in its first weekend.
â€œThere is still a big audience out there for auteur-driven cinema,â€ Dergarabedian said. â€œTarantino, no matter what, is an interesting filmmaker. Film fans want to see what heâ€™s up to. Itâ€™s not as big as some of his other films, but itâ€™s still doing well as it expands.â€
â€œAlvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chipâ€ took fifth place with $11.8 million, dropping only 10 percent from last weekend.
The year is off to a strong start overall, up 24.5 percent from last year. This New Yearâ€™s weekend could even set a record if it tops the $220 million total of 2009/2010, when both â€œAvatarâ€ and â€œSherlock Holmesâ€ were in theaters.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1.â€Star Wars: The Force Awakens,â€ $88.3 million ($96.3 million international).
2.â€Daddyâ€™s Home,â€ $29 million ($9.2 million international).
3.â€The Hateful Eight,â€ $16.2 million.
4.â€Sisters,â€ $12.6 million ($650,000 international).
5.â€Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,â€ $11.8 million ($10.3 million international).
6.â€Joy,â€ $10.4 million ($9.3 million international).
7.â€The Big Short,â€ $9 million ($2.2 million international).
8.â€Concussion,â€ $8 million ($1.4 million international).
9.â€Point Break,â€ $6.8 million ($6.8 million international).
10.â€The Hunger Games: Mockingjay â€” Part 2,â€ $4.6 million ($4.4 million international).
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Rentrak:
1. â€œStar Wars: The Force Awakens,â€ $96.3 million.
2. â€œDetective Chinatown,â€ $45 million.
3. â€œMr. Six,â€ â€$38 million.
4. â€œMojin: The Los Legend,â€ $32 million.
5. â€œNuovo progetto Di Checco Zalone,â€ $20 million.
6. â€œThe Peanuts Movie,â€ $16.8 million.
7. â€œThe Himalayas,â€ $11 million.
8. â€œAlvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip,â€ $10.3 million.
9. â€œLittle Door Gods,â€ $10 million.
10. â€œThe Good Dinosaur,â€ $9.5 million.
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
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