There should be no surprise that in its second weekend, Star Wars: The Force Awakens dominated the weekend box office once again. What may surprise a lot of people is that it has already crossed the billion-dollar mark and is showing no signs of slowing down.
As reported by Collider, the second domestic weekend of The Force Awakens brought in a whopping $153.5 million with final numbers due out Monday. On Christmas Day alone, it grossed $49 million, which beat the previous record held by Sherlock Holmes, which was $24 million.
Along with hordes of other records already in place, The Force Awakens has notched the highest second weekend of all time and is the fastest film to ever cross $1 billion globally. Making those numbers even more impressive is that new Star Wars flick won't even open in China until January 9, 2016.
A few new movies did come out during Christmas week, five of them in fact. Four of them landed in the top 10 and believe it or not, they actually did really well. That is considering that it was Christmas and The Force Awakens was still tearing things up.
Jennifer Lawrence's next film Joy opened in wide release and nabbed $17.5 million to land in the No. 3 spot.
Box Office Mojo reported that Quentin Tarentino's The Hateful Eight brought in only $4.5 million and barely outside of the Top 10, but that's not surprising. The film opened in a very limited release with a 70mm run in just 100 theaters so far.
Full weekend box office numbers for Christmas weekend are listed below, and final numbers will be out on Monday.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens - $153.5 million
- Daddy's Home - $38.8 million
- Joy - $17.5 million
- Sisters - $13.8 million
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip - $12.7 million
- Concussion - $11 million
- The Big Short - $10.2 million
- Point Break - $10.2 million
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 - $5.3 million
- Creed - $4.6 million
Missing are the big names like Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, and Gary Busey who added so much to the original film and made it a cult classic. Now, it's nothing more than the focus being on the action and not the great storyline that was there to recreate.
Still, remakes won't stop being made and Hollywood will continue to churn them out.
It's hard to think that there is anything that anything is going to knock Star Wars: The Force Awakens out of the top spot for quite some time. The weekend box office numbers will be dominated by the film for at least another month, and more records are going to fall.
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