Weekend Box Office: ‘The Revenant’ Braves East Cost Blizzard in 1st Place

It turns out that Leonardo DiCaprio vengeance saga benefits from blizzard as The Revenant took first place for the first time in its third weekend of wide release. The 20th Century Fox movie about a guy struggling to stay alive in subzero temperatures claimed an estimated $16 million, beating out Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ride Along 2 and three newcomers.

Yes, you can say that all three new releases were affected by the brutal snow storm that hit the East Coast on Saturday, but two-thirds of the country still had a chance to go to the movies.

However, The Force Awakens came in second place for its sixth weekend, extending its record-setting domestic total to $880 million, $14.3 million of which from this weekend.

Last week’s champion Ride Along 2 fell more than 60 percent, but still ended up in third place with a $13 million intake, followed by the three newcomers with fourth place going to Lionsgate’s Dirty Grandpa with $11.5 million, and STX Entertainment’s horror-thriller The Boy in fifth with $11.3 million.

This weekend’s other new release, the young adult sci-fi thriller The 5th Wave, managed to top $10 million and a B- CinemaScore.

In limited release news, Ip Man 3 opened with a surprisingly strong $762,400 from just 103 locations, while Kung Fu Panda 3 debuted in China on Saturday afternoon for only three hours and earned DreamWorks $6.5 million. Looks like there won’t be a Ride Along 3, but there will be a Kung Fu Panda 3 next week.

In case anyone cares, here are this weekend’s top ten at the box office:

Weekend Box Office Chart

All things considered, having seven films gross $10 million or more while half of the country is blanketed by blizzard conditions is actually a solid weekend.