'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' on the Verge of Overtaking 'Avatar' with $758.2M After Leading Tuesday with $7.97M; 'Daddy’s Home' #2 with $2.18M; 'The Hateful Eight' #3 with $1.78M

on January 06, 2016 by Daniel Garris
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Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in $7.97 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a 19th consecutive day. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise was down 1 percent from Monday's performance and down a sharp 73 percent from last Tuesday. In comparison, 2009's Avatar experienced a 9.5 percent daily decline on its third Tuesday to gross $7.33 million. With a 19-day domestic gross of $758.20 million, today Star Wars: The Force Awakens will zoom past the $760.51 million unadjusted lifetime gross of Avatar to become the highest grossing film of all-time domestically without taking into account ticket price inflation.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently running 106 percent ahead of the $367.54 million 19-day take of Avatar and 47 percent ahead of the $514.37 million 19-day gross of last year's Jurassic World. When adjusting for ticket price inflation, yesterday The Force Awakens overtook the lifetime adjusted gross of 1999's The Phantom Menace to move into 17th place on the all-time adjusted list and will surpass the lifetime adjusted gross of 1994's The Lion King today to move into 16th place.

Overseas, Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in an estimated $13.0 million on Tuesday. The film has now grossed $799.1 million overseas and $1.557 billion globally.

Paramount's Daddy's Home held steady in second place with a strong $2.18 million. The PG-13 rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg declined 1 percent from Monday and 69 percent from last Tuesday. Daddy's Home is already on the verge of reaching the $100 million domestic mark with a stronger than expected twelve-day take of $98.28 million. That places the film an impressive 32 percent ahead of the $74.45 million twelve-day gross of 2010's The Other Guys.

The Weinstein Company's The Hateful Eight grossed $1.78 million to remain in third. The Quentin Tarantino directed western was up an encouraging 14.5 percent over Monday, though it should be noted that films aimed at adult audiences experienced strong daily percentage increases in general on Tuesday. The Hateful Eight is performing below expectations with $32.39 million after twelve days of release. The film will soon be facing new direct competition from Fox's The Revenant when that film expands into wide release on Friday.

Sisters took in $1.43 million to continue to claim fourth place. Universal's R-rated comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler jumped 26 percent over Monday and fell 56 percent from last Tuesday. Sisters has grossed $64.45 million in 19 days, which represents a very healthy performance, especially with the film's modest price tag in mind. Thanks to continued strong holding power, Sisters already has a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 4.63 to 1.

Fox's Joy and Paramount's The Big Short claimed fifth and sixth place with respective grosses of $1.11 million and $1.02 million. Joy was up 41 percent over Monday, while The Big Short increased by 26 percent. Joy has grossed $40.41 million in twelve days, while The Big Short has grossed $34.89 million in 26 days. However, given its stronger holding power thus far and its upcoming expansion on Friday, the total gross for The Big Short should have no problem moving past the total gross for Joy before much longer.

Tags: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Daddy's Home, The Hateful Eight, Sisters
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