After four straight weeks of box office domination, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has finally fallen. The international blockbuster was knocked out of the top spot for the first time since it opened one month ago, with Universal's Ride Along 2 taking first place in its opening weekend with $34 million. The Revenant, in its second week of its national rollout, stayed in second place with $29.5 million, dropping just 25.9 percent, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens slipping to third place with $25.1 million
Star Wars: The Force Awakens got off to an incredible start last month with a record-breaking opening weekend of $247.9 million, and its second weekend record of $149.2 million is just as impressive. It dropped just 39.8% in its second weekend, which is incredible for a movie of this size, and 39.5% in its third weekend, setting another record with $90.2 million. Last weekend, it finally suffered a "normal" drop, dipping 53.1% to win again with $43.1 million, but it wasn't enough to overtake Avatar's fourth weekend record of $50.3 million. Star Wars: The Force Awakens dropped 40.7% this weekend, for a fifth frame total of $25.1 million, dropping out of the top spot for the first time in its record-breaking run.
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the returning lineup of Ride Along 2, the sequel to the blockbuster action-comedy that gave us 2014's most popular comedy duo. The story takes Ben (Kevin Hart) and James (Ice Cube) to Miami on a new case. They are joined in the film by Ride Along co-stars Bruce McGill and Tika Sumpter, as well as those new to the series, including Olivia Munn, Benjamin Bratt, T.I. and Olivia Munn. The original Ride Along earned $134.9 million domestically, thanks to a $41.5 million opening weekend back in 2014, while working from a $25 million budget.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi opened in fourth place this weekend with $16 million. Directed by Michael Bay, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is the gripping true story of six elite ex-military operators assigned to protect the CIA who fought back against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012. When everything went wrong, six men had the courage to do what was right. John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber and James Badge Dale lead the ensemble cast in this dramatic thriller.
The Revenant is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man's epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit, based on a true story. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.
The Revenant opened with an impressive $474,560 from four theaters during its Christmas weekend debut, with a stellar $118,640 per-screen average. What's even more impressive, though, is it barely decreased at all in its second weekend in limited release. It earned $447,829 from four theaters for a $111,957 per-screen average, a decrease of just 5.6%. The critically-acclaimed film has now earned $93.1 million domestically and $151.8 million worldwide, earning back its $135 million budget. Daddy's Home rounded out the top five with $9.3 million.
The stereoscopic 3D animated family film Norm of the North tells the story of the titular polar bear and his three Arctic lemming buddies, who are forced out into the world once their icy home begins melting and breaking apart. Landing in New York, Norm begins life anew as a performing corporate mascot, only to discover that his new employers are directly responsible for the destruction of his polar home. The voice cast is lead by Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Bill Nighy, Ken Jeong, Zachary Gordon, Colm Meaney, Loretta Devine and Gabriel Iglesias.
Rounding out the top 10 will be Norm of the North ($6.6 milion), The Forest ($5.7 million), The Big Short ($5.2 million), Sisters ($4.4 million) and The Hateful Eight ($3.4 million). Opening in limited release this weekend is Gravitas Ventures' Band of Robbers, which took in a paltry $15,000 from just 17 theaters for an $882 per-screen average. No box office data was released for Samuel Goldwyn Films' The Benefactor and China Lion's Detective Chinatown. It isn't known if any of these titles in limited release will expand nationwide next weekend.
Looking ahead to next weekend, three new releases will vie for the box office crown, Sony's The 5th Wave, STX Entertainment's The Boy and Lionsgate's Dirty Grandpa. Also opening in limited release are Well Go USA's highly-anticipated action sequel Ip Man 3, Magnolia's Synchronicity, FilmRise's Monster Hunt, which is the most successful movie ever in China, Lionsgate Premiere's Exposed, Freestyle Releasing's Caged No More, Big World Pictures' Aferim! and A24's Mojave. Take a look at the box office estimates for this weekend, and be sure to check back on Tuesday for next weekend's box office predictions.
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