Please note that projected weekend estimates will be affected by the major winter storm hitting the east coast this weekend, as well as Sunday's NFL playoffs. Updated estimates from the studios will be reported on Sunday.
Fox reports this morning that The Revenant claimed first place again on Friday with an estimated $4.55 million, off 51 percent from the same day last week. That brings the 12-time Oscar nominated film up to $107.7 million domestically as it continues to enjoy strong momentum and healthy word of mouth. BoxOffice projects a weekend finish around $16.2 million in first place.
Dirty Grandpa bowed in second place on opening day with an estimated $4.2 million, including Thursday night grosses. That slightly bests the January 2014 $3.95 million first day take of fellow Zac Efron-led That Awkward Moment by around 6 percent. With mixed word of mouth (52 percent on Flixster) and sour reviews (7 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), long-term prospects unfortunately don't look positive. BoxOffice projects an $11.6 million opening weekend.
The Boy posted a solid debut on Friday with $3.9 million in third place, all of which came from "Friday proper" since STX did not screen the film on Thursday night. While critics (25 percent) haven't taken to the horror pic, audiences are a bit more positive about it with a modest 60 percent score as of this morning. Projections are particularly tricky for this title given the weekend's circumstances, but it should land around $10 million for the opening weekend.
Ride Along 2 claimed $3.7 million in fourth place yesterday, down 69 percent from opening day last week. With $49.85 million in the bank so far, the film continues to lose pace off its predecessor but will ultimately still prove a financial success for Universal. BoxOffice projects a $12.3 million sophomore weekend.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens temporarily moved down to fifth place on Friday with $3.52 million, bringing its all-time domestic record haul up to $868.55 million. BoxOffice projects a $14.3 million weekend overall, which should score the blockbuster phenom a second place finish this weekend (up from third last weekend).
Debuting in sixth place on Friday, The 5th Wave mustered just $3.5 million (including Thursday earnings). Unfortunately, that falls significantly shy (about 49 percent) of Chloe Moretz's previous young adult adaptation, If I Stay, which pulled $6.83 million on opening day in August 2014. Marketing had been underwhelming, and the young adult phase has been trending downward over the past year, so this opening isn't entirely surprising. Still, with weak reviews (19 percent) and word of mouth (49 percent), we don't expect much in the way of legs. BoxOffice is projecting an $8.9 million opening weekend. Sony does note, however, that the pic is projected to sit close to $35 million worldwide by the end of Sunday with another 30 percent of its territories left to open. The production budget for the movie was a reasonable $38 million.