Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in $5.97 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a 21st consecutive day. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise was down 4 percent from Wednesday and down a sharp 74 percent from last Thursday's New Year's Eve performance. In comparison, 2009's Avatar fell 12 percent on its third Thursday to gross $6.09 million.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens led the weekly box office with $118.41 million. That was down 55 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's three-week total to a record breaking $770.38 million. In addition to being the highest grossing film ever domestically without adjusting for ticket price inflation; The Force Awakens has now moved into 15th place on the all-time domestic list when adjusting for ticket price inflation (the film moved past the lifetime adjusted gross of Jurassic Park on Thursday). Star Wars: The Force Awakens will zoom past the $800 million mark this weekend.
Overseas, Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in an estimated $9.0 million on Thursday. The film has now grossed $821.3 million overseas and $1.592 billion globally.
Paramount's Daddy's Home held steady in second place with $1.48 million. In the process, the PG-13 rated comedy starring Will Ferrell passed the $100 million domestic mark yesterday. Daddy's Home declined 4 percent from Wednesday and 75 percent from last Thursday. Daddy's Home placed in second for the week with $36.63 million. The film was down 43 percent from its opening week performance and has grossed a significantly stronger than expected $101.31 million in two weeks.
The Weinstein Company's The Hateful Eight took in $1.29 million to remain in third. The Quentin Tarantino directed western was down a sharp 10 percent from Wednesday, but still down a respectable 59 percent from last Thursday. The Hateful Eight took third place for the week with $21.78 million. That was below expectations and brings the film's two week total to $35.12 million. The Hateful Eight is expanding into an additional 464 locations this weekend, but will also be facing new direct competition from Fox's The Revenant (which took in a strong estimated $2.3 million from Thursday evening shows).
Sisters grossed $1.10 million to continue to claim fourth place. Universal's R-rated comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler was down 5 percent from Wednesday and down a solid 52 percent from last Thursday. Sisters placed in fourth for the week with $17.59 million. The film was down just 34.5 percent from the previous week and has grossed a very healthy $66.71 million through three weeks of release. That already gives Sisters a total gross to opening weekend ratio of 4.79 to 1.
Paramount's The Big Short and Fox's Joy claimed fifth and sixth place with respective grosses of $0.791 million and $0.789 million. The Big Short fell 9 percent from Wednesday, while Joy was down 8 percent. Joy placed in sixth for the week with $13.75 million and The Big Short finished closely behind in seventh with $12.55 million. Respective total grosses stand at $42.06 million for Joy in two weeks and at $36.55 million for The Big Short in four weeks. The Big Short is expanding into an additional 941 locations this weekend.