Weekend Box Office: ‘Star Wars’ Becomes Fastest Movie to $1 Billion

Star Wars: The Force Awakens becomes fastest movie to $1 billion globally. The J.J. Abrams-directed seventh film in the science-fiction fantasy also posted the biggest Christmas Day box office in history with $49.3 million and the best second-weekend earnings with $153.5 million in North America this weekend.

What it tells me is 30+ years later, that the Spielberg/Lucas franchises are still going strong.

The Mark Wahlberg-Will Ferrell comedy Daddy’s Home was second with $38.8 million from 3,271 theaters, a strong average of $11,862 per theater. Another hit for Wahlberg and Ferrel. A B+ Cinemascore indicates it could quietly rack up some solid coin. I wonder if the studio heads are starting to think about a sequel to The Other Guys.

David O. Russell’s comedy-drama Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, opened in third place with an estimated $17.5 million. A B+ Cinemascore combined with the star power of J. Law could see this sticking around too.

Fourth place belonged to Tina Fey-Amy Poehler comedy Sisters, which added $13.9 million in 2,962 theaters for a total of $37.2 million after two weeks. The movie barely dropped from its debut.

Rounding out the top five was Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. Fox’s kids movie also showed some endurance – took in $12.7 million its second weekend and has earned $39.4 million so far.

Sony’s Will Smith NFL drama Concussion, debuted in sixth with $11 million from 2,841 theaters, an average of $3,872 per theater. The drama has a $35 million budget and received an A CinemaScore.

Paramount’s The Big Short was seventh with $10.5 million from 1,585 theaters in its nationwide expansion.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Point Break remake, starring Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey, wasn’t far behind that with $10.2 million in its debut.

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In limited release, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight cracked the top ten with $4.5 million from just 100 theaters, while Fox’s The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, earned $471,000 from just four theaters, an average of $117,750 per theater.