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The records keep falling to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film broke even more records this past weekend. The film cross the $1 billion mark worldwide in record time. The film earned an estimated $153.5 million this past weekend, the highest second weekend of all time. It beat the previous record holder, Jurassic World, by $46.9 million. The film has earned $544 million domestically and $546 million internationally for a total of $1.09 billion.
In just two weekends, the film is now the second highest grossing domestic release in 2015 and the fifth worldwide. Avatar holds the domestic record of $760.5 million, and it’s not a question “if” Star Wars will top that, but more likely “when” will it top that. The film is currently fifteenth in the all-time non-adjusted grosses. It would have to over double its earnings, and has yet to open in some key markets like China.
A whole bunch of other films opened up this weekend as well.
Daddy’s Home opened in second place earning an estimated $38.8 million, better than expectations. Joy opened in third with $17.5 million. Concussion, which takes on the NFL and football, opened in sixth with $11 million. The Point Break remake came in eighth earning an estimated $10.2 million. The Hateful Eight opened in limited released coming in eleventh and earning $4.5 million. Also opening in limited release, The Revenant earned an estimated $471,000 and came in 21st; Mr. Six earned $286,847 for 24th place; and 45 Years earned $69,300 for 29th place.
If you watched the new you might not know there were multiple movies opening this weekend. Star Wars: The Force Awakens dominated the box office shattering records, as was expected. The film earned an estimated $238 million domestically and $279 million internationally to give it a total of $517 million after less than a week.
I won’t rehash all of the records crushed by the film, you can read those here. The big questions now, 1) How quickly will the film reach $1 billion; 2) Will it top Avatar as the top grossing domestic film; 3) Will it top Avatar as the top grossing film of all time not adjusted for inflation?
There were other films that opened this weekend!
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip came in second place and earned an estimated $14.4 million. That’s far less than the previous film’s debut of $23.2 million and continues a decline for the film series.
Sisters opened in third and brought in $13.4 million, about the same as This is 40 which also opened against a big film and both had similar reviews.
Two Bollywood films opened too. Diwale came in ninth earning $1.875 million and Bajirao Mastani came in tenth earning $1.66 million.
For films already playing, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 was fourth with an estimated $5.7 million, and Creed was fifth adding $5.1 million to its total.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 held on to first place in its second week at the box office. The film added an estimated $51.6 million to its domestic total. The film has earned $198.3 million in two weeks and $440.7 million worldwide. The film dropped 49.7% from its first week, making it the only Hunger Games film to drop less than 50%.
Two movies debuted this past week coming in second and third, and a third debuted coming in at number 12 for the weekend. The Good Dinosaurcame in second and earned $39.2 million, while Creed debuted in third with $30.1 million. Victor Frankenstein was dead on arrival, earning $2.35 million. The Good Dinosaur did well for the time period it opened, but compared to other Pixar films, it didn’t do so well.
The Good Dinosaur and Creed bumped Spectre to fourth with $12.8 million and The Peanuts Movie to fifth with $9.7 million.
Here’s this year’s top five films domestically and worldwide so far:
Goosebumps did just enough to take first place this past weekend at the box-office earning an estimated $23.5 million. The previous champ of the past two weekends, The Martian, was in second adding an estimated $21.5 million.
Other new films, Bridge of Spies and Crimson Peak were third and fourth for the weekend earning an estimated $15.4 million and $12.9 million.
In other geek films Inside Out added $375,000 and Ant-Man added $73,000.
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials won this past weekend’s box-office, earning an estimated $30.3 million. That’s really close to the first film’s opening weekend. This film earned a “B+” CinemaScore, while the first film earned an “A-“.
Other films opening this week include Black Mass which earned $23.36 million and came in second place. Everest was fifth and earned $7.56 million. Captive was eleventh and earned $1.4 million. Everest was impressive as it was just in 545 theaters and hasn’t gone wide yet.
In other geeky film earnings…. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was in eighth and earned $2.25 million, Inside Out added $964,000, Ant-Man earned $936,000, Minions earned $890,000, Jurassic Worldearned $621,000, and Fantastic Four earned $222,000.
Here’s the 2015 top five grosses for the year so far:
Three weeks at the top of the box-office was it for Straight Outta Compton, which fell to second place in its fourth week out adding an estimated $8.85 million to its total. It was bumped off by the faith-based film War Room, which earned $9.35 million in its second week. Faith-based films tend to have a strong grassroots marketing program, so it’s not surprising it did so well, but a first place finish is.
Also of note is the debut of Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos, a Mexican animated film which earned $3.4 million and came in seventh. The strong showing of that film and War Room show strength in niche films geared towards a specific audience.
Inside Outadded $3.1 million to its total to come in tenth, Ant-Man was eleventh with $2.9 million, and Minions was twelfth and earned $2.7 million. Jurassic World continues to earn with $2.6 million more at the domestic box-office. Fantastic Four continues to tank and added $1.125 million to bring its total to $54.4 million domestically and $155.6 million worldwide.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl continues to do well and added $258,926 to bring its total to $1.3 million.
Here’s the 2015 top five grosses for the year so far:
The competition was rather week, which had Straight Outta Compton easily sail to keep first place at the weekend box-office. The film has been in first place for three weeks in a row, in what shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. It was a slow weekend though with an estimated $68.8 million earned by the top 12 films, and that’s 22% lower than last year’s $88.2 million, and even that was an off year.
Straight Outta Compton earned an estimated $13.2 million which kept it number one, beating out War Room which earned around $11 million. In third place was another debut, No Escape, which did escape with an estimated $10.3 million. That bumped Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation into fourth.
In comic and geek related movie news, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was in sixth place with an estimated $4.4 million. Hitman: Agent 47 has already been assassinated earning just $3.9 million in its second week. Jurassic World keeps eating dollars adding $3.1 million to its impressive totals. Minions keeps multiplying adding $2.9 million to its domestic total. Ant-Man came in at tenth earning $3.1 million. Fantastic Four continues with a non-fantastic earning, bringing in $1.7 million. The Diary of a Teenage Girl added $425,000 to its total. And finally Terminator: Genisys brought in $190,000.
For the year, Jurassic World reigns supreme domestically having earned $643.1 million. Avengers: Age of Ultron is second with $457.5 million. Furious 7 is third with $351 million. Inside Out is fourth with $344.5 million, and Minions is fifth with $324.8 million.
Worldwide grosses are the same movies, but a different order. Jurassic World rules with $1.6367 billion. Furious 7 is second with $1.5117 billion. Avengers: Age of Ultron is third with $1.4013 billion. Minions has crossed the billion line and stands currently at $1.0189, and Inside Out is fifth with $702.5 million.