Not only did winter storm Jonas pummel the East Coast, but it took a bite out of box office receipts, too.
With multiple theater closures in the northeastern part of the country, it was a quiet weekend at the box office, with The Revenant finally reaching first place after almost a month in theaters. Since going wide in early January, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s survival drama — a fitting topic, considering the weather — has held steady in second place, but it finally defeated the competition this weekend with an estimated $16 million.
With a total domestic gross of $119.2 million, The Revenant marks Iñárritu’s first-ever No. 1 movie, and the Leonardo DiCaprio-starring drama has been one of the buzziest movies of Oscar season, racking up 12 nominations.
Last week’s champion didn’t fare as well, and after failing to match the opening success of its predecessor, Ride Along 2 fell more than 60 percent in its second weekend, earning an estimated $12.3 million. Starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, Ride Along 2 has grossed more than $59.1 million domestically.
Ride Along 2’s steep drop cleared the way for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to retake second place with $14.3 million. To date, it’s grossed an estimated $879.3 million domestically, and on an international level, it surpassed Jurassic World earlier this week to become the fourth-highest grossing international film of all-time, with $1.06 billion. Globally, it’s still the third-biggest film of all time with $1.94 billion in total.
As for the rest of the top five, three new releases were battling for the last two spots, and Dirty Grandpa and The Boy emerged victorious. Dirty Grandpa, starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron, took fourth with an estimated $11.5 million and a B CinemaScore, while the horror flick The Boy, starring Lauren Cohan, managed to scare up an expected $11.3 million for the weekend with a B- CinemaScore.
This weekend’s other new release, the young adult sci-fi drama The 5th Wave, got shut out of the top five with only $10.7 million and a B- CinemaScore.
Here are this weekend’s top five at the box office:
1. The Revenant — $16 million
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens — $14.3 million
3. Ride Along 2 — $12.3 million
4. Dirty Grandpa — $11.5 million
5. The Boy — $11.3 million