Weekend Box Office: ‘The Force Awakens’ Holds off ‘The Revenant’

The Revenant Fell to Second

Star Wars: The Force Awakens narrowly edges Leonardo DiCaprio‘s frontier vengeance saga The Revenant with $41 million to claim 4th straight U.S. box office triumph.

The Force Awakens now stand as the No. 3 movie of all-time worldwide behind Avatar ($2.78 billion) and Titanic ($2.19 billion) with $1.73 billion in ticket sales, with 53% in overseas grosses.

After beating J.J. Abrams‘ sci-fi epic on Friday (The Revenant posted $14.4 million compared to The Force’s $10.8 million), Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new film fell to second with an estimated $38 million. The $135-million budgeted movie has earned $39.6 million after three weeks and received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences. Looks like The Revenant will do very well.

Among holdovers, the PG-rated comedy Daddy’s Home, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, falled to third place with an estimated $15 million, while Sisters, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, rounded out the top five with $7.2 million its fourth weekend.

This weekend’s only truly new wide release was Natalie Dormer-starrer The Forest. The PG-13 horror flick about Japan’s suicide forest opened to $13.1 million from 2,451 theaters to place No. 4. The film has earned scathing reviews and a C CinemaScore.

Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist Western The Hateful Eight dropped a steep 60% even though it added 464 theaters this weekend. Here are this weekend’s top ten at the box office:

Top Ten At Box Office

Next week the new number one film should be Ride Along 2, the sequel to the hit buddy comedy, so you can expect to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in second or even third place.