CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – Ride Along 2 and The Revenant are battling it out to see who will be the successor to Star Wars atop the weekend charts. Meanwhile Star Wars will finally drop out of 1st place in its 5th weekend, as it slows its pace towards $900 million domestically.
Many analysts are predicting a 1st place finish for Ride Along 2, but Its opening day Friday was surprisingly weak for a successful sequel. Its $12 million Friday was $2 million less than the opening day for its predecessor. The Original Ride Along made $41 million over its traditional weekend and $48 million over the 4-day MLK weekend.
Sequels tend to be more frontloaded which is bad news for a movie that opens smaller than the original. If Ride Along 2 plays out slightly smaller on each day than the original, it should have a 3-day take around $35 million and a 4-day take around $40 million.
After receiving numerous awards and nominations from the Golden Globes and Academy Awards, The Revenant posted a strong hold on Friday with $9 million. That is only a 35% drop from its expansion Friday last week. With the MLK holiday Monday, it should see even smaller drops Saturday and Sunday. With the buzz from awards season and the long holiday weekend, Revenant could make $31 million over the 3-day and $35 million over the 4-day weekend.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will drop down to 3rd place this weekend, but its run is far from over. Star Wars made $6.3 million Friday bringing its cumulative gross to a record breaking $832 million domestic total. Star Wars should make around $25 million for the 3-day weekend and $29 million for the 4-day. That will help it cross the $850 million mark by the end of the weekend.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi opened in 4th place Friday with $5.9 million. 13 Hours could make around $20 million for the 3-day weekend and $23 million for the 4-day.
Daddy’s Home placed 5th on Friday with $2.5 million. It should make around $10 million for the 3-day and $12 million for the 4-day. It will pass $125 million this weekend, and remains on target for $150 million by the end of its run.
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