Box Office: The Revenant surviving at the top

    Author Zoe Aresti

The Revenant had a terrific second weekend, falling just 24% (once previews are removed) to £3.9m, for a new total of £12m. It might not end up the big winner at the BAFTAs and Oscars next month, but it’s the clear winner commercially of the 2016 awards season. The Wolf Of Wall Street fell 22% on its second weekend and was on £10.9m, so The Revenant is on track to beat that film’s final total of £22.7m.

Ride Along 2 was the highest new entry in second, kicking off its run with £2.1m. The first Ride Along opened with £1.4m in February 2014, so this second instalment has seen a significant increase in performance.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens fell to third but still added another £2m for a new record total of £117.3m. With February half term likely to provide a boost too, it should finish clear of £120m.

After picking up the Producer’s Guild of America award for Best Picture at the weekend, The Big Short has emerged as the front-runner for Best Picture at next month’s Oscars. It kicked off its UK box office run with a solid £1.3m, but if it is the new front-runner, it should add to that significantly over the coming weeks.

Creed completed the top five, adding £1.2m, for a new total of £4.3m.

Outside of the top five in seventh, Room, as predicted in last week’s box office, increased its screen count and increased its weekend total by 11% (once previews are removed), adding £647k for a new cume of £1.8m.

The 5th Wave opened in ninth with £498k. 

Overall, the box office was down 11% from last weekend and up 19% from the same weekend last year, when the top four films were American Sniper, Taken 3, The Theory Of Everything and Into The Woods.

Next Weekend

Dirty Grandpa opens today. It’s a bawdy comedy starring Robert DeNiro as the titular pensioner, and Zac Efron as his impossibly buff grandson. It opened on Friday in the US and grossed a modest $11.5m on its first weekend.

Spotlight has long been the favourite with the bookies for Best Picture at the Oscars but it looks like it’s now being overtaken by The Big Short. Despite this it’s an extremely high quality drama about a team of journalists at The Boston Globe who uncover a scandal in the Catholic church. It’s also one of the best reviewed films of the year, with a score of 93 on Metacritic. 

13 Hours is the latest noise-fest from Transformers director, Michael Bay. It’s the true-life tale of an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya, and the a security team who struggle to make sense out of the chaos. It has grossed $33.5m in the US after two weekends of play. 

Youth is the latest from art-house darling, Paolo Sorrentino, who won the Oscar for Best Film not in the English Language in 2014 for his last film The Great Beauty. Youth stars Michael Caine as a retired orchestra conductor, who, whilst on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps, receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip's birthday.

The 33 is based on the true-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapsed, trapping 33 Chilean miners underground for 69 days. It stars Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche.

Capture The Flag is an animation about a young surfer who rallies his friends to stop a billionaire from rewriting history as a way to horde Helium 3, the clean energy of the future. It will be looking to make a dent at the half term crowd in a few weeks.

The Buzz

The Boy is the latest horror from the director of 2012 hit, The Devil Inside. The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan stars as an American nanny, who is shocked that her new English family's boy is actually a life-sized doll. After violating a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive. It has opened solidly in the US this past weekend (see below), grossing $11.3m in its first weekend.

Across The Pond

On a weekend where part of the country was hit by record snowfall, The Revenant finally reached the number one spot, adding $16m for a new total of $119.2m. Star Wars: The Force Awakens went back up one place to second, after adding $14.1m for a new record total of $879.1m. Last weekend's number one film, Ride Along 2, tumbled 64.7% in third, adding $12.5m for a new cume of $58.6m. The highest new entry was Dirty Grandpa, which landed in fourth with $11.1m, with The Boy another new entry, just behind with $10.8m.

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