Fireworks displays and champagne-soaked revelry couldn’t derail the “Star Wars” juggernaut.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trumped the competition on New Year’s eve, adding $22.9 million to its nearly $652 million haul. The film will pass “Jurassic World’s” $652.3 million domestic gross and “Titanic’s” $658.7 million stateside total at some point on New Year’s day. That will make it the second highest-grossing domestic release in history, behind only “Avatar’s” $760.5 million record.
Globally, the film has earned $1.3 billion, making it the eighth highest-grossing film on a worldwide basis.
Not everything has gone smoothly for “The Force Awakens.” George Lucas, the creator of the “Star Wars” universe, was forced to roll back comments that hinted he had seller’s remorse. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Lucas compared Disney, which bought Lucasfilm in 2012 for more than $4 billion, to “white slavers.” On Thursday, he apologized for using a “very inappropriate analogy,” and pronounced himself “thrilled” with the job Disney did with the space opera.
As for other holiday contenders, Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home” brought in $5.9 million, pushing its domestic total to $64.7 million. The studio’s “The Big Short,” a comedy about the financial collapse of 2008, earned $2.1 million, bringing its gross to just under $24 million.
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Fox’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” and “Joy,” a biopic about the creator of the Miracle Mop, earned roughly $3.2 million. The “Chipmunks” sequel has generated $55.6 million since opening on Dec. 18, while “Joy” has earned $28.3 million since debuting on Christmas.
The Weinstein Company’s “The Hateful Eight,” a blood-specked Western from Quentin Tarantino, earned $3.1 million. The film has generated $13.3 million since debuting in limited release on Christmas. The studio will push the film from 100 theaters to 2,474 by Friday.
“Point Break,” an ill-advised remake of the 1991 cult action film about bank robbing surfers, is shaping up to be one of the holiday season’s biggest bombs. It carries a $105 million production budget, but has only eked out $15.6 million since kicking off its run last week. Warner Bros. is distributing the film, which was backed by Alcon Entertainment.