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Despite a Strong Showing From The Revenant, The Force Awakens Tops the Weekend Box Office Once Again

Someday, Leo. Someday.

People must be really behind Leo’s Oscar push, because The Revenant has emerged as a strong contender at the box office, earning $38 million at the domestic box office after opening wide this week (and skyrocketing its cumulative total up to $39 million). The western revenge flick just barely fell to reigning box-office champion The Force Awakens, which posted a grand total of $41 million (for a $812 million domestic total). On Friday, The Revenant actually earned more than the seventh Star Wars installment with an estimated $14.4 million compared to The Force Awakens’s $10.8 million, but Wars still won the weekend. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s Daddy’s Home took third place with $15 million (and a $116,313,576 total gross), while newcomer The Forest took fourth with just under $13.1 million. Sisters rounded out the top five with just under $7.2 million (bringing it to $74.9 million), while Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight took a big fall to sixth place with a weekend total just under $6.4 million (and a $41.5 million total gross).

The Force Awakens had even greater success in China, making $52.6 million in its first weekend and setting the record for the biggest Saturday/Sunday debut in the country of all time. This success comes after many had wondered whether a Star Wars film would be a hit in China, especially considering the fact that, when the Star Wars films first opened in America, China was in the grips of a the Cultural Revolution. It took several years for the original trilogy to reach the country, while the prequels never quite found a Chinese audience when they opened there the early 2000s. Despite that lack of familiarity, this weekend is proof that Disney has succeeded with its slow-burn marketing plan, maybe because BB-8 needs no introduction. A big opening in the Middle Kingdom brings The Force Awakens to a total foreign gross of $921.4 million and a worldwide total of $1.733 billion.

Star Wars Beats Out The Revenant at Box Office