‘Star Wars’ box bureau surpasses ‘Titanic,’ ‘Jurassic World’

January 3, 2016 - photo frame

  • This print supposing by Disney shows, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren with his Lightsaber in a stage from a new film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Film Frame/Disney/Copyright Lucasfilm 2015 around AP) Photo: Uncredited, AP / Disney/Lucasfilm



LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” marched quietly into a new year, raking in an additional $88.3 million over a New Year’s weekend and commanding a box bureau for a third week, according to studio estimates Sunday.

In further to environment a new high symbol in New Year’s box bureau history, a record-busting film blew past a domestic grosses of both “Jurassic World” ($652.3 million) and “Titanic” ($658.7 million) to turn a second-highest earner of all time with $740.3 million in usually 19 days of release.

The tip domestic film is “Avatar” with a $760.5 million lifetime domestic gross, though “Star Wars” is barreling in to transcend it soon. For context, it took “Avatar” 72 days to strech $700 million. “Star Wars” did that in 16 days.

While “Star Wars” competence not give adult a bench any time soon, films like “Daddy’s Home” and “Sisters” have proven to be impossibly clever performers.

“Daddy’s Home,” a comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, came in second with an estimated $29 million, bringing a sum to $93.7 million in usually dual weeks. The film fell usually 25 percent from a initial weekend in theaters. Even some-more challenging is a small 11 percent dump from a Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy “Sisters,” that brought in $12.6 million in a third weekend for a fourth-place spot. The film has warranted $61.7 so far.

“When we demeanour during a holding energy of ‘Daddy’s Home’ and ‘Sisters,’ it shows we that those films are for many people a remedy to ‘Star Wars,'” pronounced Paul Dergarabedian, a comparison media researcher for box bureau tracker Rentrak. “The farrago of a line-up that a studios combined by not retreating from ‘Star Wars’ is helping.”

Quentin Tarantino’s bloody Western “The Hateful Eight,” meanwhile, took third with $16.2 million in a initial weekend in far-reaching recover after a clever singular debut. The three-hour epic, that cost a reported $44 million to produce, has done $29.6 million to date — usually bashful of what “Django Unchained” done in a initial weekend.

“There is still a large assembly out there for auteur-driven cinema,” Dergarabedian said. “Tarantino, no matter what, is an engaging filmmaker. Film fans wish to see what he’s adult to. It’s not as large as some of his other films, though it’s still doing good as it expands.”

“Alvin and a Chipmunks: The Road Chip” took fifth place with $11.8 million, dropping usually 10 percent from final weekend.

The year is off to a clever start overall, adult 24.5 percent from final year. This New Year’s weekend could even set a record if it tops a $220 million sum of 2009/2010, when both “Avatar” and “Sherlock Holmes” were in theaters.

Estimated sheet sales for Friday by Sunday during U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Final domestic total will be expelled Monday.

1.”Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” $88.3 million.

2.”Daddy’s Home,” $29 million.

3.”The Hateful Eight,” $16.2 million.

4.”Sisters,” $12.6 million.

5.”Alvin and a Chipmunks: The Road Chip,” $11.8 million.

6.”Joy,” $10.4 million.

7.”The Big Short,” $9 million.

8.”Concussion,” $8 million.

9.”Point Break,” $6.8 million.

10.”The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” $4.6 million.


Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a section of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a organisation of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.


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