Weekly Box Office Round-Up: The Box Office Awakens
This weekend, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Sisters and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip opened in theaters. Let's take a look at this past weekend's box office.
#1 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens- $247,966,675
In its opening weekend, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens came in first place. This has been an incredible weekend for this movie. It beat Jurassic World's record for biggest opening weekend ever, both domestically and worldwide. In all markets, Star Wars made $528 million, and it hasn't even opened in China yet. This is going to be a mammoth movie at the box office, and it has a real shot at beating Avatar's record of highest grossing film of all time. But we'll have to wait and see if it can reach those audacious numbers. You can read our review for the film here.
#2 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip- $14,287,159
In its opening weekend, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip came in second place. While Alvin and Sisters served as counter-programming this weekend, I am surprised they both made the money they did. I did not expect them to cross $10 million, when so many people went to go see The Force Awakens. But I guess congratulations are in order for this film. I still think it would have made more if it had opened a different weekend, but this is still fine for the studio. $14 million isn't great, but for opening against Star Wars, they should be ecstatic.
#3 Sisters- $13,922,855
In its opening weekend, Sisters came in third place. While I'm surprised both this and Alvin did so well, I am especially surprised with Sisters. When families got to the theater to see Star Wars and it was sold out, they could go to Alvin, but Sisters was rated R. I thought it would make a lot less because it would exclude many Star Wars hopefuls. But actually, it was just behind Alvin. I plan on seeing this film at some point, maybe after my fifth viewing of Star Wars. I really like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, and I'm sure their star power helped boost this movie a bit. But I think in the end it won't be making much money.
#4 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2- $5,892,683
In its fifth week, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2 came in fourth place. Worldwide, Mockingjay Part 2 has made $596 million in five weeks, which Star Wars almost made in just three days. Compared to its predecessors, Mockingjay Part 2 is not doing very well. It is behind the films that came before it. But still, half a billion dollars is a lot of money. That alone should excite the studio, even if they're disappointed by the fact that they didn't make more. But Mockingjay Part 2 doesn't much more time to make money. With Star Wars now open, it's going to absorb the box office entirely. I think its theatrical run is pretty much done at this point.
#5 Creed- $5,013,055
In its fourth week, Creed came in fifth place. I am happy to see this movie in the top 5, though I am surprised it made $5 million. For a movie that's already been out for a while, going up against Star Wars, it's surprising it made that much. It deserves every penny it makes though. It is a really great movie. Worldwide it has made close to $100 million, and I really hope it cracks that number. It is very close to it, and this movie deserves to earn money. If you haven't seen Creed yet, go see it when Star Wars is sold out. You can read our review for the film here.
To re-cap, #1 was Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, #2 was Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, #3 was Sisters, #4 was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2 and #5 was Creed.
Next week, Concussion, Point Break, Joy and Daddy's Home open in theaters, while The Hateful Eight and The Revenant open in limited release. Here's my prediction for the top 5 next week: #1 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, #2 Daddy's Home, #3 Point Break, #4 Concussion, #5 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.
What do you think of this past weekend's box office? What will be number one next weekend? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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