Chewie, they're home.
The inevitable has finally happened, and we officially have a new all-time domestic king of the hill. Disney and Lucasfilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in $6.2 million on Wednesday, overtaking Avatar's $760.5 million lifetime domestic gross and ending director James Cameron's near 18-year reign in the top spot on the all-time chart.
With $764.4 million earned in just 20 days of release, the speed with which J.J. Abrams' franchise revival has achieved this feat is nothing short of remarkable. By comparison, the film stands a stunning 47 percent ahead of where Jurassic World was at during the same point in its release.
Of course, this isn't the first time a Star Wars movie has laid claim to the castle. Before Avatar, Cameron's Titanic held the spot for nearly 12 years -- a movie that took the throne from the original Star Wars: A New Hope, which had reclaimed #1 briefly thanks to the 1997 Special Edition re-release. Before that, E.T. stood as the all-time champ for almost 14 years -- a title it took in early 1983 from 1977's original Star Wars itself.
Among the many records set by The Force Awakens, it's bound to become the first movie in history to ever reach $800 million total in North America as it eyes a fourth consecutive first place finish this coming weekend. It even has a chance to best Avatar's record $50.3 million for the best fourth weekend gross by any movie in history (although that will be a close race to watch in the days ahead).
On its current trajectory, The Force Awakens won't stop anytime soon. It seems a relatively safe bet at this point that the blockbuster phenomenon will eventually be the first to crack $900 million domestically by the end of its run. Optimistically higher projections are still on the table, but it remains to be seen how strongly the film performs in its first post-holiday weekend ahead. After that, we may have a better idea of just how high the picture will go in the end.
In other news yesterday, Daddy's Home retained second place with $1.55 million as it inched closer to the $100 million threshold. With $99.8 million in the bank so far, it continues to outpace The Other Guys at the same point in release.
Meanwhile, The Hateful Eight posted $1.44 million as it rounded out the top three, giving it an overall total of $33.8 million thus far.
By Daniel Garris
Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in $8.02 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for an 18th consecutive day. In the process, the seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise passed the $750 million domestic mark yesterday. The Force Awakens was down 63 percent from Sunday and down a sharp 74 percent from last Monday. In comparison, 2009's Avatar experienced a 53 percent daily decline on its third Monday to gross $8.09 million. Yesterday's performance represents the first time The Force Awakens has finished behind Avatar in the daily comparison between the two films. While that is a sign of relative slowing for The Force Awakens going forward, yesterday's decline may also point to The Force Awakens skewing more towards family audiences than Avatar did.
In the bigger picture, with an 18-day gross of $750.23 million, The Force Awakens is already on the verge of surpassing the $760.51 million unadjusted lifetime domestic gross of Avatar. The Force Awakens is set to surpass Avatar on Wednesday (and could possibly do it today instead) to become the highest grossing unadjusted film of all-time domestically. The film is currently running 108 percent ahead of the $360.21 million 18-day take of Avatar and 48 percent ahead of the $506.90 million 18-day gross of last year's Jurassic World. When adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Force Awakens is in 18th place on the all-time adjusted list and will surpass the lifetime adjusted gross of 1999's The Phantom Menace today to move into 17th place.
Overseas, Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in an estimated $14.5 million on Monday. The film has now grossed $786.1 million overseas and $1.536 billion globally.
Paramount's Daddy's Home remained strong with a second place take of $2.21 million. The PG-13 rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg declined 65 percent from Sunday and 65 percent from last Monday. Daddy's Home is already on the verge of reaching the $100 million mark with a stronger than expected eleven-day take of $96.10 million. That places the film an impressive 33 percent ahead of the $72.21 million eleven-day gross of 2010's The Other Guys.
The Weinstein Company's The Hateful Eight claimed third place with $1.56 million. The Quentin Tarantino directed western was down 53 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily percentage holds among wide releases. On the heels of its strong roadshow start over Christmas weekend, The Hateful Eight has had a much more modest performance since expanding into wide release last Wednesday. The film crossed the $30 million mark yesterday and has grossed $30.60 million in eleven days. The Hateful Eight will soon be facing new direct competition from Fox's The Revenant when that film expands into wide release on Friday.
Universal's Sisters and Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip occupied fourth and fifth place with respective daily takes of $1.13 million and $0.95 million. Sisters declined 61 percent from Sunday, while The Road Chip fell 66 percent. Respective 18-day grosses stand at $68.59 million for The Road Chip and at $63.02 million for Sisters. Both films continue to display strong holding power, as Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip has a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 4.80 to 1 and Sisters has a ratio of 4.53 to 1.
Paramount's The Big Short and Fox's Joy claimed sixth and seventh place with respective grosses of $0.81 million and $0.79 million. The Big Short was down 58 percent from Sunday, while Joy was down 62 percent. Joy has grossed $39.31 million in eleven days, while The Big Short has grossed $33.87 million in 25 days. However, given its stronger holding power thus far and its upcoming expansion on Friday, the total gross for The Big Short should have no problem moving past the total gross for Joy before much longer.
By Daniel Garris
Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens continued to lead the box office with ease this weekend with a third weekend take of $90.24 million. That represented the largest third weekend gross of all-time, as The Force Awakens topped the previous $68.49 million record of Avatar by $21.75 million and by 32 percent. Thanks in part to continued strong word of mouth and to the New Year's holiday, The Force Awakens was down a very solid 39.5 percent from last weekend.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has grossed a massive $742.21 million in 17 days of release. That already makes the film the second highest grossing film of all-time unadjusted domestically, as the film zoomed past the respective $658.67 million and $652.27 million lifetime grosses of Titanic and Jurassic World. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now just $18.30 million away from surpassing the $760.51 million lifetime gross of Avatar to become the highest grossing film of all-time domestically. When adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Force Awakens is currently in 18th place on the all-time adjusted list. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently running 48 percent ahead of the $500.37 million 17-day take of Jurassic World and 111 percent ahead of the $352.11 million 17-day take of Avatar.
Paramount's Daddy's Home continued to exceed expectations this weekend with a second place take of $29.21 million. The PG-13 rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg was down just 25 percent from last weekend's stronger than expected start. Daddy's Home has been the clear alternative choice to The Force Awakens for moviegoers over the holidays and has grossed $93.89 million in just ten days. That places the film an impressive 34 percent ahead of the $69.95 million ten-day take of 2010's The Other Guys (which fell 51 percent in its second weekend to gross $17.41 million).
The Weinstein Company's The Hateful Eight took third place with $15.71 million. On the heels of last weekend's strong roadshow start, the Quentin Tarantino directed western had a much more modest performance this weekend upon expanding into wide release. The Hateful Eight debuted below expectations and a lackluster 48 percent below the $30.12 million 2012's Django Unchained earned in its first weekend of release. It is possible that this weekend's performance for The Hateful Eight was deflated a bit from the film's fairly last minute release date change, but at the same time, the film will soon be facing very new direct competition from Fox's The Revenant when that film expands into wide release this coming Friday. The Hateful Eight has grossed $29.05 million through ten days of release (five of which have been in wide release). The film received a modest B rating on CinemaScore, which suggests that the film isn't going over as well with moviegoers to the same extent that Tarantino's films normally do.
Universal's Sisters and Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip occupied fourth and fifth place this weekend with respective takes of $12.76 million and $12.07 million. Both films held up very nicely from last weekend, as Sisters was down 10 percent and The Road Chip was down 8 percent. Respective 17-day grosses stand at $67.65 million for The Road Chip and at $61.88 million for Sisters. That already places total gross to opening weekend ratios at 4.73 to 1 for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip and at 4.44 to 1 for Sisters.
Fox's Joy and Paramount's The Big Short claimed sixth and seventh place with respective grosses of $10.21 million and $9.06 million. Joy was down a solid 40 percent from last weekend, while The Big Short was down a slim 14 percent. Joy has grossed $38.52 million in ten days, while The Big Short has grossed $33.06 million in 24 days. However, given its far better hold this weekend and its upcoming expansion on Friday; The Big Short should have no problem moving past Joy before much longer.
Sony's Concussion and Warner's Point Break landed in eighth and ninth place with respective takes of $7.85 million and $6.82 million. Both films held up nicely, as Concussion was down just 25 percent from last weekend, while Point Break was down 30 percent. Concussion and Point Break likely both benefited this weekend from their Christmas weekend debuts having been deflated by the direct competition from the massive second weekend performance of The Force Awakens. Respective ten day grosses stand at $25.27 million for Concussion and at $22.40 million for Point Break.