By: Pat Hilke
As Star Wars: The Force Awakens entered its third weekend, the question wasn’t if the film would be first in the box office, but how much could the movie make in the weekend? That question was answered to an overwhelming number, $88.3 million. The Force Awakens has now made $740.2 million domestically and $1.5 billion worldwide. At the time of this article, the movie only sits behind Avatar by $20.3 million for the biggest domestic picture ever made. The new question is whether Star Wars: The Force Awakens can get to Avatar’s worldwide total of $2.78 billion. The answer may lie in China where the film has yet to open (Jan. 9th). For now, Disney/Lucasfilm have to be ecstatic over the audience and critical fare that The Force Awakens has garnered.
There were other movies this week as well, and some did far better than most thought possible. For the second straight week, the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg film, Daddy’s Home, came in second place with a total of $29.2 million. That brings the two week total overall to $93.8 million. In third place, the Quentin Tarantino directed, The Hateful Eight, made $15.8 million after expanding to almost 2,500 theaters. In forth, dropping only 10% was Sisters. The Amy Poehler and Tina Fey vehicle came up with $12.7 million and has made $62.8 million after coming out the same week as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lastly, in fifth place was another movie that came out with Star Wars, and that was Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, which made an additional $11.8 million for a three week total of $67.3 million.
Box Office Results:
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens $88.3 M
- Daddy’s Home $29.2 M
- The Hateful Eight $15.8 M
- Sisters $12.7 M
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip $11.8 M