NORTH AMERICA: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Remains Forceful on Monday with Massive $31.4M; 'Daddy’s Home' Continues to Impress with $6.4M
on December 29, 2015
Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens continued to dominate the box office on Monday with $31.36 million. The blockbuster seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise was down 27 percent from Sunday and down 22 percent from last Monday, as yesterday's grosses in general benefited greatly from the ongoing holiday season. The Force Awakens now claims the two largest Monday grosses of all-time, as yesterday's gross only trailed the film's record-breaking $40.11 million take last Monday. The second Monday gross for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was 61.5 percent stronger than the $19.42 million second Monday gross of 2009's Avatar.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has grossed a massive $571.42 million in just eleven days. That already places The Force Awakens in fifth place on the all-time unadjusted domestic box office chart and in 36th place on the all-time adjusted domestic chart. The Force Awakens is currently running 38 percent ahead of the $414.37 million eleven-day start of Jurassic World earlier this year and 146 percent ahead of the $232.13 million elven-day gross of Avatar. The Force Awakens is set to surpass the $600 million domestic mark either today or on Wednesday. That will easily make The Force Awakens the fastest film to ever reach the $600 million domestic mark, as current record holder Jurassic World took 36 days to reach the $600 million milestone.
Overseas, Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in an estimated $39.4 million on Monday. The film has now grossed $589.7 million overseas and $1.161 billion globally.
Paramount's Daddy's Home remained strong on Monday with $6.39 million. The PG-13 rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg declined 35.5 percent from Sunday. Daddy's Home passed the $40 million mark yesterday and has grossed a significantly stronger than expected $45.13 million in four days of release. That places the film 11 percent ahead of the $40.52 million four-day start of 2010's The Other Guys (which fell 50 percent on its first Monday to gross $4.98 million). Comedies aimed at family audiences have a history of surprising over Christmas weekend, as Daddy's Home joins a list that also includes 2012's Parental Guidance, 2008's Marley and Me, 2006's Night at the Museum and 2003's Cheaper By the Dozen.
Holdovers occupied third and fourth place on Monday, as Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip took in $3.66 million and Universal's Sisters grossed $2.98 million. The Road Chip was down only 15 percent from Sunday and up 24 percent over last Monday. Sisters fell 32 percent from Sunday and increased 17.5 percent over last Monday. Both films passed the $40 million mark yesterday. Respective eleven-day grosses stand at $43.51 million for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip and at $40.43 million for Sisters.
Fox's Joy rounded out the day's top five with $2.61 million. The David O. Russell directed film starring Jennifer Lawrence fell 37 percent from Sunday. That represented one of the day's larger daily percentage declines among wide releases, which isn't the greatest early sign for Joy going forward. Joy has grossed a solid $19.63 million in four days. That is in line with pre-release expectations and places the film 18 percent behind the $23.82 million 2013's American Hustle had grossed after four days of wide release.
Paramount's The Big Short followed in sixth place with $1.97 million. The critically acclaimed Adam McKay directed film declined 32 percent from Sunday. The Big Short has grossed a promising $17.99 million after six days of wide release and 12 additional days of platform release. The film will receive another expansion on January 8, when it will be playing in an estimated 2,500 locations.
Sony's Concussion and Warner's Point Break claimed seventh and eighth place with respective estimated daily grosses of $1.68 million and $1.48 million. Concussion was down 31 percent from Sunday, while Point Break fell 37 percent. Respective four-day grosses stand at $12.18 million for Concussion and at $11.29 million for Point Break, as both films are performing on the lower end of expectations.
The Weinstein Company's The Hateful Eight was far more impressive with an eleventh place take of $1.05 million from its 100 location roadshow engagement. That was down just 18 percent from Sunday and gave the extended version of the Quentin Tarantino directed western a terrific per-location average of $10,506 for the day. The four-day total for the film stands at $5.66 million. The Hateful Eight will be playing in 1,958 locations on Wednesday and in 2,474 locations on Friday.