CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – The New Year is beginning the same way the old year ended. Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to dominate the box office charts and continues to find new records to break.
To recap, here are a few of the major records Star Wars has broken so far:
- Biggest single day: $119 million
- Biggest opening weekend: $247 million
- Biggest second weekend: $149 million
- Biggest Friday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday
Star Wars is also the fastest ever to reach $1 billion worldwide. The latest record for Star Wars is the biggest New Year’s gross ever with an estimated $34 million. It was almost $10 million more than Avatar’s record $25 million.
With its record breaking New Year’s gross, Star Wars officially passed Jurassic World to become the highest grossing movie of 2015 domestically. Its total reached an amazing $686 million in total. This was also enough for it to pass Titanic on the all-time list. It is now 2nd place all-time, trailing Avatar by only $75 million.
Star Wars should pass Avatar’s final tally within the next week. Before that happens though, Star Wars will break the record for biggest 3rd weekend ever. Its Friday gross was half of the $68 million record held by Avatar. Star Wars has been falling a little faster than Avatar did from weekend to weekend. Avatar only fell 10% from the same comparative weekend back in 2009.
Star Wars has fallen faster than Avatar did, but Star Wars started so big it is still making more money daily. A drop around 40% would give Star Wars a weekend take of around $90 million. That would break the biggest 3rd weekend record by around $20 million. If Star Wars can hold better on Saturday and Sunday, it could become the first movie ever to have three $100 million weekends.
Worldwide Star Wars has reached $1.39 billion and has moved into 7th all time. This feat has been achieved before opening in China, the biggest international market. Once it opens in China, it will have no problem becoming the biggest domestic, international and worldwide movie of 2015. Although Star Wars is a huge hit, it may not be able to become the biggest international and worldwide release of all-time. Avatar’s almost $2.8 billion is double the amount Star Wars has made so far.
Despite Star Wars still dominating the charts, there were still other movies doing well in their own right. Daddy’s home made an estimated $11 million on New Year’s and is closing fast on the $100 million milestone. A finish of $28 million for the weekend is likely, which would bring its running tally to about $93 million.
The Hateful Eight expanded Friday and made an estimated $6.4 million. With New Year’s acting like a Saturday and this being an equivalent of an opening day for Eight, it will likely only finish with $15-$16 million.
4th place will be a battle between Sisters, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Joy. Each movie made between $4 million and $4.7 million. Sisters came out on top last weekend and will most likely do so again with around $12 million. Alvin will likely follow with $11 million and Joy should finish just below with $10.5 million.
The Big Short will follow in 7th place. It was able to make an estimated $3.4 million on New Year’s. It will most likely finish the weekend around $8.5 million. If it can garner a few Oscar nominations it might have a shot at $75 million by the end of its run.
Concussion is unlikely to receive many if any Oscar nominations. The NFL scrutinizing movie made $3 million on New Year’s and will likely fade quickly from here on out. A finish around $7 million is likely.
Point Break should place 9th for the weekend and make around $5 million. Point Break will be lucky if it can reach $30 million by the end of its run.
The Hunger Games: The Mockingjay Part 2 will try to spend one more weekend in the top 10. A weekend tally of $4.3 will get it within striking distance of $275 million in total. That would been an amazing finish for most movies, but it will be the lowest for the Hunger Games franchise.
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