Fox's The Revenant grossed $4.03 million on Thursday to remain in first place at the daily box office. Thanks in part to receiving twelve Academy Award nominations of Thursday, the Alejandro González Iñárritu directed western starring Leonardo DiCaprio was up a healthy 6 percent over Wednesday. The Revenant was the week's top film with $56.62 million and has grossed $58.17 million after 21 days of release. The film's opening week performance was 7 percent stronger than the $52.88 million seven-day start of 2010's Shutter Island. The Revenant is highly likely to hold up well this weekend, thanks to healthy word of mouth and continued awards season buzz.
Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens held steady in second place with $3.13 million. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise was up 0.5 percent over Wednesday and down 48 percent from last Thursday. The Force Awakens finished in a very close second place this week with a weekly take of $55.55 million. That represented a 53 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's four-week domestic total to a record breaking $825.93 million. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently running 83 percent ahead of the $450.47 million 28-day take of 2009's Avatar and 44 percent ahead of the $572.54 million 28-day gross of last year's Jurassic World.
Overseas, Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in an estimated $11.9 million on Thursday. The film has now grossed $966.7 million overseas and $1.793 billion globally.
Paramount's Daddy's Home took in $0.792 million to remain in third place. The PG-13 rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg fell 7.5 percent from Wednesday and 47 percent from last Thursday. Daddy's Home placed in third for the week with $18.64 million. The film was down 49 percent from the previous frame and has grossed a stronger than expected $119.96 million in three weeks.
After receiving five Academy Award nominations on Thursday, Paramount's The Big Short increased 10 percent from Wednesday to claim fourth with $0.707 million. The Adam McKay directed comedy drama was down a slim 11 percent from last Thursday. The Big Short finished in seventh place for the week with $8.77 million. That represented a 30 percent decline from the previous week (when the film was playing in 941 fewer locations) and brings the film's five-week total to $45.32 million.
The Forest claimed seventh place for the day with $0.548 million. The PG-13 horror film from Focus and Gramercy starring Natalie Dormer declined 4.5 percent from Wednesday. The Forest landed in seventh place for the week with a seven-day start of $15.33 million. That was ahead of pre-release expectations and was just 12.5 percent below the $17.51 million seven-day launch of last year's The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death.