BOX OFFICE: 'Star Wars' Crosses $800 Million Domestically, 'Revenant' Impresses
By Matt O'Bryant
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While it looked for a moment like Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy's star power could over take Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the box office. It appears that the force was strong with The Force Awakens as the film is number one again at the weekend box office.
The two films battled back and forth all weekend until the dust settled this morning with Variety reporting that The Force Awakens took the top spot by bringing in an estimated $41.6 million in its fourth weekend of release. The mega blockbusters is now the only film in the history of cinema to cross the $800 million mark domestically with an estimated $812 million overall so far. We are witnessing history people!
Even though DiCaprio and company lost the first place battle to the behemoth known as Star Wars. 20th Century Fox still has much to celebrate about The Revenant. The film brought in an unexpected $38 million over its wide release debut. Making the film one of DiCaprio's highest opening weekends ever. The film is also expected to put DiCaprio, Hardy, and director Alejandro G. Inarritu in prime Oscar contention.
Paramount's Daddy's Home continued its strong run bringing in another estimated $15 million to claim third place. The Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell comedy has now amassed a very cool $116 million since its debut.
Focus Features new thriller The Forest starring Natalie Dormer opened with an estimated 13.1 million coming in fourth place. Not a bad number for a low budget horror and Dormer's first starring vehicle.
Finally rounding out the top five was Universal's Sisters bringing in another estimated $7.2 million. The Amy Poehler and Tina Fey comedy has now made $73.9 million domestically.
Surprisingly Quentin Tarantino's highly acclaimed The Hateful Eight dropped a steep 60% from its wide release last week. The film only brought in an estimated $6.4 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $41.5 million.
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