Highly anticipated sci-fi sequel “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” shattered the record for an opening weekend with nearly $250 million in domestic ticket sales from Thursday night through Sunday, according to industry figures reported by Box Office Mojo. The seventh film in the lucrative franchise, “The Force Awakens” grossed $247 million and shot past the previous record holder, “Jurassic World,” which opened with $208 million in June.
Family comedy sequel “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” debuted at No. 2 with $14.2 million. Only 13 percent of reviews were positive and 62 percent of moviegoers liked “The Road Chip,” according to movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “is a marginal improvement over prior installments, although this in no way qualifies as a recommendation.”
R-rated comedy “Sisters,” starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, opened at No. 3 with $13.9 million. A respectable 60 percent of reviews were positive and 64 percent of moviegoers liked “Sisters,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film’s “sharp blend of pathos and vulgarity, along with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s effervescent chemistry, are more than enough to make up for the handful of laughs this coming-of-age comedy leaves on the table.”
After four weekends at No. 1, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2” dropped three spots to No. 4 in its fifth weekend, grossing $5.8 million for a total of $254.4 million since opening Nov. 20. The seventh film in the “Rocky” franchise, “Creed,” starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, slipped one notch to No. 5 in its fourth weekend, grossing $5 million for a total of $87.8 million since opening Nov. 25.
Four new films open nationwide on Friday, Dec. 25. “Concussion,” starring Will Smith, is a sports drama about a doctor who uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions. “Daddy’s Home,” starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, is a comedy about a stepfather and father competing for the affections of the children. “Joy,” starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, is a biographical dramedy about a woman who rises to the top of a powerful business dynasty. “Point Break” is an action crime thriller about a young FBI agent who infiltrates a team of extreme sports athletes suspected of masterminding corporate heists.
On Wednesday, Dec. 23, “The Big Short” expands nationwide. “The Big Short,” starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt, is a biographical drama about four outsiders in the world of high finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s and decide to take on the big banks.