By Matt O'Bryant
Welcome back to our Weekend Box Office Report here @ECMG!
Leonardo DiCaprio's The Revenant appears to have had the right survival skills to fight the grueling winter storm known as Jonas.
The Revenant's third weekend of wide release saw the film retake the top spot at the box office. The film brought in an estimated $16 million over the stormy weekend to bring its domestic total to around $119 million. Considering the fact that many theaters were closed across the East Coast and people were limited in their ability to leave their houses this is a very good number for this film.
Here's what Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Rentrak had to say, "Studios often blame poor weekends on bad weather, but that was truly the case during Jonas. It was a big deal for a number of movies," "But The Revenant did something astonishing this weekend taking the top spot with this intense wilderness epic about revenge and redemption. It's flourishing."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens took second place over the weekend bringing in an estimated $14.3 million. The film has now grossed a record breaking $879 million domestically. It is only a matter of time now before the film reaches the $1 billion mark domestically.
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube's Ride Along 2 fell hard from its opening weekend dropping well over 60%, only bringing in an estimated $13 million in its second weekend of release coming in third place at the weekend box office. The film has now grossed $59.1 million domestically.
Zac Efron and Robert De Niro's R-rated, Sprink Break comedy Dirty Grandpa failed to impress audiences coming in fourth place with an estimated $11.5 million in its opening weekend.
Rounding out the top five this weekend is the horror film The Boy, which stars The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan in her first big-screen vehicle. The film brought in a respectable $11.26 million in its opening weekend and considering the film had a budget of less than $10 million its already a fairly successful low-budget horror film.
The big bomb of the weekend was the big-screen adaptation of YA novel The 5th Wave starring Chloe Moretz opening in sixth place with an estimated $10.7 million.
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