It was a weekend of milestones, as “The Revenant” crossed the $300 million mark globally, “The Martian” soared past $600 million and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” became only the third film in history to top $2 billion at the worldwide box office.
In addition to seeing its global total hit new heights, Fox survival saga “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, topped foreign charts, picking up a leading $24 million. The story of a fur trapper seeking revenge on the men who left him in the frontier to die debuted in Spain and Brazil last weekend, earning $3.8 million and $1.8 million, respectively. The $135 million production was famously hellish, as director Alejandro G. Iñárritu drove cast and crew to the breaking point, shooting in remote locations in Canada and Argentina. “The Revenant’s” worldwide total stands at $326 million.
In addition to the financial rewards, “The Revenant’s” Oscar chances got a big boost after Iñárritu won his second consecutive Directors Guild of America Award on Saturday, having picked one up last year for “Birdman.”
DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 3” scored second place on the foreign charts with $23 million. It got there by continuing to draw crowds in China, where the family film is performing better than it is domestically, having made $15.4 million last weekend and $101.7 million since opening in the People’s Republic two weeks ago. In the U.S., “Kung Fu Panda 3” has earned just under $70 million.
Korean crime film “A Violent Prosecutor” nabbed third place on the charts, earning $19.5 million, while Fox’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” scored fourth position with a $12.8 million weekend, bringing its global total to $171.4 million.
Two films tied for fifth place: “The Hateful Eight” and the French comedy “Les Tuche 2” with $8.5 million. “The Hateful Eight,” Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist Western, has earned $115.7 million worldwide since premiering in December.
In other news, Fox’s “The Martian” became Ridley Scott’s first film to top $600 million following its opening in Japan, where it topped the box office with $5.2 million.
Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the third film to gross more than $2 billion globally, joining “Avatar” and “Titanic.” But it is only the second film to pull that off during its initial run in theaters — “Titanic” had the benefit of a 2012 re-release before it achieved those lofty numbers.