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Winter Storm Jonas Cuts Into Northeastern Box Office; ‘The Revenant’ to Top Newcomers

Winter Storm Jonas’ presence will be felt at the domestic box office as theaters and subways on the East Coast shut down. At least 75 theaters have been closed, mostly in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, and theaters in NYC and Philadelphia were reportedly following suit on Saturday. The blizzard is expected to cut moviegoing by as much as 20%.

Appropriately chilly survivalist drama “The Revenant” is on track for box office victory this weekend in the face of the blizzard.

The Leonardo DiCaprio starrer should take in more than $15 million this weekend, its fifth in cinemas. The Fox film pulled in $4.7 million from 3,711 locations and should reach a cumulative domestic total close to $120 million by Sunday’s end.

Ride Along 2” topped “The Revenant” last weekend, winning the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with $41 million versus $37.5 million. The Ice Cube-Kevin Hart Universal comedy nabbed $3.7 million on Friday from 3,192 locations, portending a weekend haul close to $12 million.

Zac Efron and Robert De Niro’s raunchy comedy “Dirty Grandpa” took in $4.2 million from 2,912 locations on its first day in theaters, making it Friday’s second-biggest seller. The Lionsgate release ought to finish the weekend with a total north of $11 million.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” now in its sixth weekend in theaters, generated $3.5 million on Friday, pushing its total domestic gross to $868.5 million. The space opera, starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Harrison Ford, unspools in 3,365 locations this weekend, and should finish the frame with a three-day haul of $13 million, good for second place.

Also debuting this weekend is STX’s “The Boy,” which pulled in $3.8 million on Friday from 2,671 locations. The thriller, which follows a nanny who learns that her newest charge is actually a life-sized doll, is likely to total just shy of $10 million for its premiere weekend.

Sony’s “The 5th Wave” also bowed Friday. The Chloe Moretz-starring dystopian YA thriller is on track for $9-10 million  by Sunday with a Friday gross of $3.5 million from 2,908 locations.

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