HOLLYWOOD—Well, we knew numbers for the latest entry in the “Stars Wars” franchise would do big numbers, but never to this magnitude. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” broke box-office records left and right this weekend. For starters, the movie opened across the nation Thursday night, with more than $57 million in receipts. On Friday, the flick broke box-office records for the largest single-day opening with over $120 million. So you wanna guess its grand total?
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” claimed the top spot at theaters with a record-breaking $238 million over the weekend. What does that mean? “Jurassic World” no longer holds the record for the largest opening weekend. Now, the flick is likely to hold the top spot going into the Christmas weekend, but with four new flicks also opening Christmas Day the competition could be fierce.
Nabbing second place is the sequel “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” with $14.4 million. Not bad for a movie that continues to hit that niche market with four movies in the can. The Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy “Sisters” landed in third place with $13.4 million. It looks like there were plenty of people looking to see other films besides “Star Wars” this weekend.
Landing in fourth place was the “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” with another $5.7 million to its tally. Rounding out the top five was the boxing-drama “Creed” which has now crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box-office after taking in $5.1 million this weekend.
Get ready for a busy Christmas weekend because “Joy,” “The Big Short,” “Concussion,” “Point Break” “Daddy’s Home,” “The Revenant” and “The Hateful Eight” are about to descend on moviegoers. Yep, there is plenty to choose from; in fact you could do a movie marathon at the multiplex this coming weekend.