Weekend box office: The Revenant might beat Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Like most box office pundits, I’m surprised by the success of THE REVENANT (click the link to read our review).  It’s an impressive film, for sure, but it’s almost an experimental film when you look at how it was filmed and what type of story it tells. It’s the kind of film that usually gets critical acclaim and overall disinterest from the general movie going public.  But maybe Leonardo DiCaprio is more of a draw than thought since THE REVENANT is on pace to be #1 at the weekend box office with almost $40 million.  That’s a huge opening for an R-rated Oscar chaser and it might end up being enough to beat STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.  But Star Wars traditionally does well on Sundays, so Leo shouldn’t go popping bottles of champagne until Monday, when the final numbers are released.  However, everyone behind Star Wars should be patting themselves on the back as STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is officially the highest grossing movie of all time (not adjusted for inflation).

Next week should belong to Ice Cube and Kevin Hart as their sequel RIDE ALONG 2 hits theaters.  The first RIDE ALONG was a surprise success and the studio didn’t waste any time greenlighing a sequel.  I’m sure the sequel will do just as well as the original, which opened with over $40 million.  We also get 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI, which will showcase Michael Bay doing everything he can to not go over the top.  Personally, I think the film looks pretty good and I’m anxious to see John Krasinski in a different type role.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

UPDATE: Latest estimates have STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS inching ahead of THE REVENANT, but it’s still close.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens $41.6m

2. The Revenant $38m

3. Daddy’s Home $15m

4. The Forest $13m

5. Sisters $7m

6. The Hateful Eight $6.2m

7. The Big Short $6.1m

8. Joy $4.6m

9. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip $4.5m

10. Concussion $3m

(Deadline)

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