Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues its torrid pace in first place. Star Wars was able to make more on Christmas than the combined totals of the 5 new wide releases. Despite being beaten so handily, many of the newcomers did well when not compared with the unstoppable “force” that is Star Wars.
Star Wars has attached its name to almost every record possible. As it enters its second weekend at the box office, it is clear it is not done adding records. After claiming the record for opening weekend, Star Wars now is setting its sights on biggest second weekend ever.
Star Wars began its assault on this record on Christmas. The Christmas Day record of $24 million, set by Sherlock Holmes, was doubled up by Star Wars’ $49 million. This was a drop of 59% from last Friday for Star Wars including the Thursday night previews.
Star Wars has been tracking close to Avatar’s holds from 2009, but has been a little weaker on most days. Star Wars had a stronger hold on Christmas Eve than Avatar did, But Avatarincreased a little more than Star Wars did on Christmas. The Massive number of people seeing Star Wars may mean not as large increases over the rest of the weekend.
Avatar had a significantly smaller opening than Star Wars did in 2009. As a result, Star Warsshould have sharper drop-offs from week to week. Avatar slipped a scant 2% in its second weekend at the box office. Star Wars will make more money but fall harder.
Star Wars will most likely drop around 35% in its second weekend to around $160 million. This will break the record for biggest second weekend by roughly $50 million. It will also putStar Wars in the top 5 grossers of all time, with the New Year holiday still to come.
5 new movies opened on Christmas Day. Daddy’s Home debut in second place with a strong $15 million. The Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy is targeting a finish around $38-$40 million.
Jennifer Lawrence continues to be a strong draw at the box office. Joy opened with $6.8 million on Friday and is looking to finish the weekend around $17 million.
Sophomore movie Sisters is looking to have a minuscule drop this weekend. A $12.7 million finish would give it a drop around 10% from last weekend.
Concussion, Point Break, and The Big Short placed 5th, 6th, and 7th, on Friday. Concussion andPoint Break should finish around $11 million after making a little over $4 million Friday. The Big Short was playing in 1000 fewer theaters but managed to make $3.7 million on Friday. It could jump ahead of the other 2 by the end of the weekend.
Alvin and the Chipmunks placed 8th on Friday with $3.5 million. Alvin is another movie that could leapfrog placements on the charts. A finish between $10 million and $12 million could have it place anywhere from 5th place to 8th place.
Despite only opening in 100 theaters, The Hateful Eight managed a 9th place debut on Friday. A $5-$6 million finish should keep it in 9th for the weekend.
10th place will go to the only movie in the top ten not released this weekend or last weekend.Creed, Hunger Games, and The Good Dinosaur will battle it out for the final spot in the top 10. All 3 movies should make between $3.5 and $5 million.