Box Office, The Revenant Rides Out The Storm

While huge sections of the East Coast were getting pummeled by a record-setting snow storm, people in the rest of the country went to the movies. Audiences might have been influenced by the snow storm, because The Revenant – which has a lot of snow in it – moved back up the Box Office List to #1.

Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, also moved back up the list, going from last weekend’s #3 to #2. The movie has now earned a staggering domestic haul of $879,289,346. That’s the highest grossing domestic take ever, however, the movie is still ranked #3 globally. Avatar holds the #1 spot, followed by Titanic.

Last weekend’s #1 movie, Ride Along 2, dropped to 3rd place, and three new movies opened in 4th, 5th, and 6th. Those new movies, which performed as they were expected to, include the R-rated comedy Dirty Grandpa starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron, which opened in 4th with $11.5 million.

Here is The Top 10 for the weekend of January 22 – 24, 2016:

1. The Revenant (Fox $16,000,000)
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (BV $14,257,000)
3. Ride Along 2 (Uni. $12,960,000)
4. Dirty Grandpa (LGF $11,525,000)
5. The Boy (STX $11,260,000)
6. The 5th Wave (Sony $10,700,000)
7. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Par. $9,750,000)
8. Daddy’s Home (Par. $5,270,000)
9. Norm of the North (LGF $4,100,000)
10. The Big Short Par. $3,500,000

New Movies in Bold

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Box Office, Star Wars Holds onto Top Spot for a 4th Weekend in a Row

Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens was #1 at the box office for a fourth straight weekend in a row. The movie took in another $41.6 million domestically, and became the first movie to gross over $800 million domestically with $812 million. The Force Awakens opened in China over the weekend, which added another $53 million to it’s $1.73 billion international take, which is the third highest grossing worldwide of all-time.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant,  expanded it’s release with a very successful $38 million. The comedy, Daddy’s Home, went from #2 to #3, and the weekend’s new release, The Forest debuted in 4th.

Here is The Top 10 for the weekend of January 8 – 10, 2016:

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (BV $41,630,000)
  2. The Revenant (Fox $38,000,000)
  3. Daddy’s Home (Par. $15,000,000)
  4. The Forest (Gram. $13,088,000)
  5. Sisters (Uni. $7,170,000)
  6. The Hateful Eight (Wein. $6,351,000)
  7. The Big Short (Par. $6,300,000)
  8. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (Fox $5,500,000)
  9. Joy (Fox $4,500,000)
  10.  Concussion (Sony $3,050,000)

New Movies in bold.

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In Theaters: The Revenant

Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest intense drama is out. The movie looks visually stunning, but will the script match the cinematography?

Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest intense drama is out. The movie looks visually stunning, but will the script match the cinematography?

revenant_posterHere’s the official synopsis:
Inspired by true events, The Revenant is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. The Revenant is directed and co-written by renowned filmmaker, Academy Award (R) winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel).

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson (who is in every movie), Paul Anderson, and Lukas Haas.

And the trailer:

Rated: R (for strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Written By: Mark L. Smith, Alejandro González Iñárritu
In Theaters: Jan 8, 2016 Wide
Runtime: 2 hr. 36 min.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Just Became #1 Grossing Film of All Time

Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens has been smashing Box Office records since it premiered three weeks ago, and it just added another one to it’s list – The #1 grossing film of all time in North America.

Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens has been smashing Box Office records since it premiered three weeks ago, and it just added another one to it’s list – The #1 grossing film of all time in North America.

As of today, The Force Awakens has grossed over $760.5 million, which beats the previous record held by James Cameron’s Avatar. Avatar still holds the #1 spot on the global list with $2.78 billion. To date, Force Awakens has earned $1.56 billion, however, it hasn’t opened in China yet.

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Now On Netflix: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Season 10

The 10th and most recently aired season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is now available to stream on Netflix.

The 10th and most recently aired season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is now available to stream on Netflix.

Season 10 DVD Box Cover
Season 10 DVD Box Cover

The Paddy’s Pub pals are back for another season of selfish shenanigans and hilarity. The season originally aired on FXX last winter. It was supposed to be the final season, however, the show was renewed for two more seasons, with season 11 kicking off tomorrow, January 6.

Check it out now on Netflix.com.

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Box Office, Star Wars Continues to Make History

The New Year is off to a great start for Star Wars as Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens continued to break Box Office records in it’s third weekend out.

The New Year is off to a great start for Star Wars as  Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens continued to break Box Office records in it’s third weekend out.

The movie easily held onto the #1 spot on the box office list with an estimated $88.3 Million, which is the highest 3rd weekend gross ever. In 17 days, the movie has made an estimated $740.2 million in the U.S. alone, and is the fastest film to cross the $700 million mark (domestically). To put that into perspective, it took Avatar 72 days to reach that figure. Speaking of Avatar, which is still the highest grossing movie ever, Force Awakens is just $20 million away from passing Avatar’s domestic record. You can read my thoughts on the movie itself in my sort-of-review, by clicking here.

Looking at the rest of the Box Office list, comedies continued to do well. Daddy’s Home, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, held onto the #2 spot and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s, Sisters, took in another $12.5 million in it’s 3rd week. Between the two comedies, The Hateful Eight, earned an estimated $16.2 million.

Here is The Top 10 for the weekend of January 1 – 3, 2016:

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (BV $88,300,000)
  2. Daddy’s Home (Par. $29,000,000)
  3. The Hateful Eight (Wein. $16,240,000)
  4. Sisters (Uni. $12,580,000)
  5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (Fox $11,800,000)
  6. Joy (Fox $10,400,000)
  7. The Big Short (Par. $9,000,000)
  8. Concussion (Sony $8,000,000)
  9. Point Break (WB $6,845,000)
  10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (LGF $4,625,000)

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