Please note that because of the Christmas holiday, most of today's grosses are studio estimates.
Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens continued to rule the box office on Thursday with an estimated Christmas Eve take of $27.59 million. That easily represented the largest Christmas Eve gross of all-time, as the film rocketed past the previous Christmas Eve record of $11.15 million set by Avatar back in 2009. The Christmas Eve performance of The Force Awakens was 147 percent stronger than the Christmas Eve performance of Avatar.
The Force Awakens has grossed a massive $391.05 million in its first week of release. That represents the largest seven-day start of all-time, as it tops the previous $296.21 million seven-day record gross of this year's Jurassic World by $94.84 million and 32 percent. The Force Awakens is currently running 185 percent ahead of the $137.09 million seven-day start of Avatar.
Given its tremendous holding power throughout the week and Christmas falling today, The Force Awakens is headed for an astonishing second weekend performance this weekend and should zoom past the $550 million domestic mark on Sunday. To put that in perspective, 2005's Revenge of the Sith has an inflation adjusted gross of $494.8 million from an actual gross of $380.3 million for its entire domestic run.
Overseas, Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in an estimated $20.0 million on Thursday. The film has now grossed $422.4 million overseas and $813.5 million globally.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip held steady in a distant second place with an estimated $2.02 million. The fourth installment of Fox's animated live-action hybrid franchise fell 41 percent from Wednesday. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip placed in second for the week with a seven-day start of $26.70 million. That was in line with pre-release expectations and was 28 percent lower than the $36.94 million seven-day start of 2011's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.
Paramount's The Big Short moved up one spot from Wednesday to claim third on Thursday with an estimated $1.72 million. The critically acclaimed Adam McKay directed film was down 26 percent from Wednesday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily percentage holds among wide releases. In a similar situation back in 2009, Up in the Air increased 1 percent on Christmas Eve to gross $1.75 million. The Big Short has grossed $5.49 million in two weeks and looks like it is in store for a very solid first weekend of wide release.
Universal's Sisters was down one spot from Wednesday to land in fourth with an estimated $1.44 million. The R-rated comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler was down a sharp 42 percent from Wednesday. Sisters took third place for the week with a seven-day start of $23.27 million. The film is running in line with expectations and is currently running 3 percent behind the $23.93 million seven-day take of 2012's This Is 40.
The Good Dinosaur rounded out Thursday's top five with an estimated $0.91 million. The 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar was down 31 percent from Wednesday. The Good Dinosaur took fifth place for the week with $9.25 million. That was down 30 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's 30-day total to a significantly softer than expected $101.57 million.