BOX OFFICE: 'Star Wars' Tops $1 Billion, 'Daddy's Home' & 'Joy' Shine, While 'Concussion' & 'Point Break' Disappoint

By Matt O'Bryant

What's up guys and gals,

Welcome back to our Weekend Box Office Report here @ECMG!

As reported earlier this morning, Star Wars: The Force Awakens continued its dominance over the Christmas weekend bringing in a huge $153.5 million. That number represents both the biggest Christmas Holiday result and the best second weekend for a movie ever in cinema history. The film has now grossed $544.57 million domestically and over $1 billion worldwide.

Taking the number two spot over the Christmas weekend was Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg's second outing together in Paramount's Daddy's Home. The PG-13 comedy surprised many analysts modest projections, opening with $38.8 million.

David O. Russell's Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence, nabbed third place over the weekend bringing in $17.5 million. The film also did better than most early projections, most likely because it offered a nice counter-programming to the juggernaut that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Coming in fourth place this weekend was holdover Sisters bringing in another $13.9 million for a domestic total of $37.1 million after two weekends of release.

Finally rounding out the top five this holiday weekend was Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip bringing in another $12.7 million. The film has now made a cool $39.3 million domestically.

Also of note was Will Smith's latest Drama Concussion opening in sixth place with $11 million, which marks Will Smith's lowest wide-release opening ever. The film was in close competition with Adam Mckay's financial dramedy The Big Short which earned $10.5 million over the weekend after expanding wide. The film starring Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt has now earned $16 million domestically since opening in limited release earlier in the month.

Alcon Entertainment's ridiculously stupid remake of the cult classic Point Break debuted with $10.2 million. As many people projected the idea of a Point Break remake was a huge mistake especially with a budget of $105 million. The film will have to make up a lot of ground overseas to recoup its budget and marketing cost.

As always thanks for stopping by for this week's edition of our Weekend Box Office Report, leave us your thoughts on the numbers below in the comments section, thanks!