Now that it’s Awakened, it’s no surprise that Star Wars is a Force to be reckoned with at the box office. The seventh installment in the legendary space opera is blowing through records faster than you can say, “Jar Jar who?” However, since the list of records broken by the spacey spectacle is plastered all over every film blog from here to Hoth, I won’t bore you with a repeat. The numbers speak for themselves.
This past weekend (January 1-3), Star Wars: The Force Awakens made $88.3 million bringing its total gross to just over $740 million. Needless to say, the repeat viewings from fans (I, myself, at a meager two…) are paying off and don’t show any sign of stopping. Seriously, if you haven’t seen this thing yet, why are you reading this? Go see it. Right now. See you in two and a half hours. But anyway, this cinematic juggernaut is still going strong, and probably won’t show much of a decrease until the Oscar nominations are released (January 14, in case you were wondering), and people feel the need to shift their gaze from blockbusters to art-house. So in the meantime, Disney continues to rake in those leafy dollar bills. Not to mention, The Force Awakens hasn’t even opened in China yet. I wonder if Disney can see China from the top of that mountain of gold they’ve acquired over the past few weeks?
It wasn’t all lasers and plot twists this weekend, though. Paramount’s comedic effort, Daddy’s Home, pulled in $29 million this weekend, which is tiny compared to the aforementioned of course, but it’s actually quite a bit higher than third on the list, at $16.2 million, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. This can likely be attributed to the fact that Daddy’s Home is a PG-13 comedy boasting easily-palatable laughs as opposed to The Hateful Eight’s hard-R, N-word heavy Tarantino edginess. However, it is worth noting that The Hateful Eight was in the number ten spot last week, and jumped up to number three (a 252% jump), largely due to the fact that it was only showing in 100 screens last weekend, and now has a wide whopping 2,474 houses. Pair this with the solid reviews it’s been receiving, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it still sat firmly in the top five next weekend.
Beyond that, Sisters and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip are still in the four and five spots respectively, without more than an -11% decrease. The same cannot be said for our number six film, Joy, which dropped -38.9% and fell from its number three spot last week. The decent reviews and mild Oscar buzz might be enough to eventually give the David O. Russell film a second wind at the box office, and maybe snag another Best Actress nod for Jennifer Lawrence, but until then, it’s going to keep falling in numbers and audience interest.
Until next time, if you haven’t seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, get on that. But no matter what you end up seeing, go see it in a theater and pay for a ticket. It matters. Films are hard enough to make as it is without people stealing them. It makes me angry, and anger leads to the Dark Side of the Force. And we don’t want that, do we?