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Openers, Snowstorm Jonas Bury Box Office

By John Hamann

January 24, 2016

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Sixth is The 5th Wave, the latest in a long line of dystopian thrillers aimed at teens. This one features Chloë Grace Moretz surviving waves of disasters caused by an alien presence. Made for $38 million, this one opened on Friday with only $3.5 million and finishes the weekend with only $10.7 million. Like The Boy, this one also earned a B- Cinemascore and was only 19% fresh at RottenTomatoes (all of this weekend’s openers are heading for the bargain bin at Walmart). If there is good news for The 5th Wave, its that it opened to $8.5 million overseas last weekend, and will keep the pain down for Sony as it counts its losses on this one.

Seventh is 13 Hours: The Secret Story of Benghazi, which is one of a very few films that didn’t get absolutely creamed this weekend, as it is likely playing better in the southern states. After debuting to $16.2 million last weekend, the Michael Bay film dropped 40% this weekend to $9.8 million. While the result is nothing to party about, it could have been worse, as this is a Michael Bay film. So far, the $50 million film from Paramount has earned a not-enough amount of $33.5 million.

Eighth is Daddy’s Home, which has its biggest drop in its five weekend run. The Will Ferrell comedy earned $5.3 million, falling a large 45% as Dirty Grandpa steals away some of its audience. The $50 million Paramount release has now earned an impressive $138.8 million domestically, and another $50 million overseas.




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Norm of the North is ninth. After opening to $6.8 million last weekend, Norm declined 40% this weekend to $5.3 million. Made poorly for $18 million, this Lionsgate release now has a total of $14.3 million.

Tenth is The Big Short. The Oscar nominated flick earned another $3.5 million and fell 34%. The $28 million Paramount release has a running total of $56.7 million, and has earned another $20 million overseas.

Overall this weekend, given the storm, things could have been much worse. The top 12 films at the box office earned $102.3 million, which wasn’t close to last year, when American Sniper again the led the box office to a top 12 worth $141.3 million. Next weekend, things should turn around. King Fu Panda 3 opens, and should find $50 million or so. Also opening is The Finest Hours, which could also do significant business. The last opener is the wild card, as Fifty Shades of Black could cave completely, or could surprise.


Top Weekend Box Office for 1/22/16-1/24/16 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Revanant Fox $16,000,000 - 50% $119,192,000
2 Star Wars: the Force Awakens Disney $14,257,000 - 46% $879,290,000
3 Ride Along 2 Universal $12,960,000 - 63% $59,110,040
4 Dirty Grandpa Lionsgate $11,525,000 New $11,525,000
5 The Boy Stx Entertainment $11,260,000 New $11,260,000
6 The 5th Wave Sony $10,700,000 New $10,700,000
7 13 Hours: the Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Paramount $9,750,000 - 40% $33,483,000
8 Daddy's Home Paramount $5,270,000 - 45% $138,780,000
9 Norm of the North Lionsgate $4,100,000 - 40% $14,296,203
10 The Big Short Paramount $3,500,000 - 34% $56,714,000
11 Sisters Universal $1,900,000 - 59% $85,936,000
12 The Forest Gramercy Pictures $1,758,000 - 71% $25,065,417
  Also Opening/Notables
  Ip Man 3 Wells Fargo Usa $762,400 New $762,400
  Monster Hunt Filmrise $21,000 New $21,000
  Aferim! Big World Pictures $16,420 New $16,420
  The Lady In the Van Sony Classics $187,026 + 204% $329,455
  Anomalisa Paramount $375,000 + 23% $1,411,000
  The Hateful Eight Weinstein Co. $1,440,000 - 60% $51,050,675
  Joy Fox $1,160,000 - 60% $54,219,000
  45 Years IFC Films $175,000 + 82% $700,000
  Alvin And the Chipmunks: Road Chip Fox $1,045,000 - 64% $82,460,000
  Son of Saul Sony Classics $98,367 - 19% $504,891
  The Danish Girl Focus Features $531,000 - 26% $9,724,000
  Carol Weinstein Co. $639,000 - 56% $10,574,031
  Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2 Lionsgate $550,000 - 51% $280,375,074
  Brooklyn FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,675,000 - 7% $27,539,000
  Spotlight Open Road Films $1,377,417 - 17% $33,006,762
  Room A24 $1,424,886 + 88% $7,953,680
  The Martian Fox $290,000 - 36% $227,625,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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