The reign of Star Wars: The Force Awakens atop the weekend box-office rankings has ended after an epic four-week run.
Ride Along 2 earned the top spot for the three-day weekend (not counting the holiday) with a $34 million debut that — as many box-office prognosticators expected — was enough to beat the blockbuster sci-fi sequel in its fifth week of screenings. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart’s odd-couple comedy wasn’t the only film to finish ahead of Star Wars, though, as the Oscar-friendly frontier drama The Revenant also topped The Force Awakens.
While Star Wars’ drop from the top spot was expected (and almost happened a week ago), that doesn’t mean J.J. Abrams’ sequel is losing any significant steam. Currently the highest-grossing film of all time in U.S. theaters and the third highest-grossing film of all time worldwide, The Force Awakens is just $130 million short of breaking the $2 billion mark — a feat only achieved by two other movies — in just its fifth week in theaters.
For the sake of comparison, it took current all-time worldwide box-office champion Avatar a grand total of 34 weeks to earn its record-setting $2.78 billion.
|#||Title||Weekend||U.S. Total||Worldwide Total|
|1.||Ride Along 2||$34M||$34M||$42.2M|
|3.||Star Wars: The Force Awakens||$25.1M||$856.9M||$1,869.5M|
|4.||13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi||$16M||$16M||$16M|
|6.||Norm of the North||$6.7M||$6.7M||$6.7M|
|8.||The Big Short||$5.2M||$50.5M||$69.6M|
|10.||The Hateful Eight||$3.4M||$47.6M||$65M|
As for the weekend’s other films, Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi and the animated feature Norm of the North both debuted amid the week’s top 10 movies. The $16 million opening weekend for the politically charged 13 Hours is the lowest debut for any of Bay’s films since 2005’s The Island, and box-office experts are predicting that the film will end up being one of the director’s lowest-grossing films overall — earning around the same amount as 2013’s underperforming Pain & Gain.
The announcement of this year’s Oscar nominees last week also seemed to give some of those films a boost at the box office, with The Revenant and The Big Short both holding relatively strong at theaters, and Oscar darlings Brooklyn and Spotlight both increasing their week-to-week earnings.
On the flip side, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight continued its surprisingly disappointing run with a $3.4 million weekend that barely made it into the top 10 and dropped more than 45 percent from last week. The film is doing just fine from a critical standpoint with a 75 percent “Fresh” rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, but can’t seem to convert that critical goodwill into box-office success.
Next week’s releases include the sci-fi thriller The 5th Wave, based on a series of young-adult novels and starring Chloe Grace Moretz, as well as Robert De Niro and Zac Efron’s raunchy comedy Dirty Grandpa.