Ride Along 2 and The Revenant top Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the domestic box office
After reigning the North American box office for four straight weekends, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was beat this weekend by both Ride Along 2 and The Revenant. Ride Along 2, the comedy sequel directed by Tim Story and starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt, and Olivia Munn, opened in first place with $34 million from 3,175 theaters for the three-day portion of the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. Averaging $12,445 per theater for the three days, the Universal Pictures release is expected to earn $39.5 million over four days. Internationally, Ride Along 2 added $2.7 million from 11 territories. Made for $40 million, Ride Along 2 received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences. The first film opened in January of 2014 with $48.6 million over the four-day holiday weekend.
Following 12 Oscar nominations on Thursday, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant remained in second place with another $29.5 million for the three days to bring its four-week total to $87.7 million. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter, the 20th Century Fox release is estimated to bring in $35 million over the four days. The film was produced for $135 million.
While Star Wars: The Force Awakens dropped to third domestically, the J.J. Abrams-directed film continues its record-setting run, reaching $1.863 billion globally this weekend to remain the #3 movie of all-time globally. Domestically, it has also now become the first movie to cross $850 million with an estimated $851.1 million through Sunday ($856.9 million through Monday). Internationally, Star Wars: The Force Awakens becomes only the fifth film to ever cross $1 billion and is the first from Disney to cross this threshold. This weekend, Star Wars: The Force Awakens added $25.1 million domestically ($31 million through Monday) and $47.3 million internationally for a total of $72.4 million worldwide. Domestically, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the #1 movie of all-time. Internationally, the film is now the #5 movie of all-time, earlier this week passing Avengers: Age of Ultron ($946.0 million) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($960.5 million).
Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi debuted in fourth place with an estimated $16 million from 2,389 theaters for the three days. Starring John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale and Toby Stephens, the Paramount film cost about $50 million to make and received an A CinemaScore from audiences.
Paramount’s Daddy’s Home, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, rounded out the top five with $9.3 million through Sunday and has earned $129 million after four weeks.
The Lionsgate animated comedy Norm of the North debuted with just $6.7 million over the three days from 2,411 theaters, an average of $2,769 per theater. The film features the voices of Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Gabriel Iglesias, Loretta Devine, Michael McElhatton, Colm Meaney and Bill Nighy.