Thanks to the blizzard on the East Coast keeping many people indoors, the box office was down this weekend from years past. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good weekend for “The Revenant,” which, after three weeks in wide release, jumped to the top spot with $16 million. “The Revenant” is currently an award season favorite, holding 12 Academy Award nominations, and that along with word of mouth and the fact that it is still expanding to more theaters is helping it maintain its steady run.
Meanwhile, last weekend’s number one movie, the Kevin Hart/Ice Cube comedy “Ride Along 2,” dropped over 60%, landing in third. The movie attracted a large audience opening weekend, but poor reviews likely contributed to its dropping off so much so quickly. As a result, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which came in third last weekend, jumped to second this weekend, making $14.2 million as the hype surrounding it gradually winds down.
This weekend’s new releases all came in behind those three. “Dirty Grandpa” performed the best, coming in fourth with a decent $11.5 million. The comedy stars Robert De Niro and Zac Efron as a quirky grandfather/grandson duo who go on a road trip. That was closely followed by the horror movie “The Boy,” which debuted in fifth with $11.2 million. That film follows a woman who takes a job as nanny to a doll that might actually be alive. Finally, “The 5th Wave” opened in sixth with $10.7 million. The sci-fi film based on the book series of the same name geared toward young adults didn’t have as much success compared to similar franchises. It follows a teenager (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who tries to get her brother back after he is kidnapped during an alien invasion of Earth.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below.
1. “The Revenant”: $16 million
2. “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”: $14.2 million
3. “Ride Along 2”: $12.9 million
4. “Dirty Grandpa”: $11.5 million
5. “The Boy”: $11.2 million
6. “The 5th Wave”: $10.7 million
7. “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”: $9.7 million
8. “Daddy’s Home”: $5.2 million
9. “Norm of the North”: $4.1 million
10. “The Big Short”: $3.5 million
11. “Sisters”: $1.9 million
12. “The Forest”: $1.7 million
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
· Wehrenberg Theatres
· AMC Theatres
· Regal Movie Theatres
· Galleria 6
· Chase Park Plaza
· Granite City
· Moolah Theatre
· Hi-Pointe Theatre
· St. Andrews Cinema
· Plaza Frontenac Cinema
· Tivoli Theatre
For more info, visit Box Office Mojo.