‘Star Wars’ Smashes Christmas Day Record; ‘Daddy’s Home,’ ‘Joy’ Looking Joyful

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Christmas Day is heralding yet another record for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Disney’s space saga is smashing the Christmas record with estimates of at least $40 million at 4,134 U.S. theaters on Friday. That will easily exceed the earlier record of $24.6 million from “Sherlock Holmes,” which opened on Dec. 25, 2009.

“The Force Awakens” is expected to take in as much as $145 million this weekend, which will push its U.S. total past $500 million. The space saga racked up $391.1 million in its first week — obliterating the record of $296.2 million set in June by the first week of “Jurassic World.”

Paramount’s Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg comedy “Daddy’s Home” looked likely to lead the rest of the pack at U.S. multiplexes with as much as $30 million. It  took in a solid $1.2 million in preview screenings on Christmas Eve at 1,920 locations and is on pace to pull in at least $10 million on Christmas Day — portending a better-than-expected weekend of as much as $30 million at 3,271 sites.

“Daddy’s Home,” which carries a $50 million budget, is PG-13-rated with Sean Anders directing. Ferrell plays a mild-mannered stepfather forced to compete for the affections of his two stepchildren when Wahlberg’s fun-loving biological father Dusty arrives on the scene.

Fox’s Jennifer Lawrence drama “Joy” was also starting with a solid $7 million at 2,896 locations on Christmas Day, which would give it an opening weekend above $20 million. The early results have come in well above recent forecasts for the biopic about Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano.

Paramount’s expanded comedy-drama “The Big Short” was showing decent traction with about $5 million on Christmas at 1,585 sites for a weekend in the $15 million to $20 million range.

Sony’s Will Smith NFL drama “Concussion” appeared to be performing in the same range as “The Big Short” and slightly better than recent estimates with about $5 million on Christmas Day at 2,841 locations and a weekend that could top $15 million.

Warner Bros.’ remake of “Point Break” was headed for a Christmas in the $3.5 million to $5 million range at 2,910 sites, which would translate to a $10 million to $15 million opening weekend.

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  1. Marc says:

    JOY was EVERYTHING. Inspiring.

  2. Duder NME says:

    Enjoy it, Disney. Due to the histrionic backlash Awakens has received, this will be the only time any of your Star Wars films will smash any records, summer or winter.

    • Sal U. Lloyd says:

      So true, duder!

    • JK says:

      LOL, what is an “histrionic” backlash???, LOL, you’ro so dumb hahaha. Did you meant a non existent “historic” backlash?

      The movie has received nearly unanimous praise from the critics and public, so if a few didn’t like it, those are the minority.

      And obviously there won’t be any records for the next film, great success but this film is a once in an era success, deal with it

      • Duder NME says:

        None of your alleged points counter mine. None. Considering your limited vocabulary, you’re easily part of the problem. Have a “once in an era” day.

      • Rex says:

        Hey, JK, I’d say anyone who doesn’t know that “histrionic” is an actual word is actually BEYOND dumb, LOL LOL!

        Dummy.

  3. TOM says:

    Aren’t families spending their Christmas holiday with Will Smith’s ‘Concussion?’ Do an in-depth analysis of holiday racism at the box-office.

  4. loco73 says:

    I’m going to get my ass to the movietheater this weekend and next week to see “The Big Short”, “Joy”, “The Revenant”, “The Hateful Eiight” and because I’m a complete nerd, a repeat viewing of “The Force Awakens”…A lot of good movies around. My favourites up to now, “Sicario”, “Spotlight”, “Bridge Of Spies”, Trumbo”, “Brooklyn” and “Room”. I consider “Sicario” and “Spotlight” the two best movies of the year.

    • Sal U. Lloyd says:

      Yet ANOTHER bad year, LOCO, THE GIFT and 99 HOMES blows Sickario and Spurtlight out of the wwater.

      Sicario is over the top and unrealistic. Spotlight is typical heavy-handed Catholic-bashing. Okay, so the performances are generally good, but nothing else is.

  5. jon c says:

    Will Smith will get a well-deserved Oscar nom for his incredible work in CONCUSSION.

  6. Harry says:

    Going to see Joy tomorrow with my family. Can’t wait!

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