The Revenant will battle newcomers and snowstorms for 1st place


A blizzard coating the northeastern portion of the country in snow Saturday could diminish audience attendance at the movie theaters this weekend. Despite the heavy snowfall however, The Revenant will try for a 1st place finish in its 3rd weekend.

The Revenant was almost able to reach 1st its opening weekend, but Star Wars had a strong Saturday and Sunday propelling into its final weekend 1st place finish. The following weekend, The Revenant held strong thanks to awards recognition, but still had to settle for second behind the opening of Ride Along 2. This weekend, new releases are not as strong, and Ride Along 2 will fall at a fast rate.

The Revenant placed 1st on Friday with an estimated $4.5 million. With Saturday’s blizzard conditions in the northeast, it will likely not have as large an uptick in business for a typical Saturday. The Revenant should make approximately $15.5 million for the weekend for a running tally over $115 million.

Dirty Grandpa was not far behind Friday with an estimated $4.2 million. This might be its largest day of the weekend. Grandpa could see itself drop a spot or two on the charts by the end of the weekend, despite being so close to The Revenant on Friday. A finish around $11 million could result.

3rd place on Friday went to another newcomer this weekend. The Boy debuted with $3.9 million and could also see it spot on the charts change by the end of the weekend. A $10.2 million finish will most likely put it 5th for the weekend, but if it can hold better than Dirty Grandpa it could move up a spot on the charts.

Ride Along 2 fell to 4th place on Friday but should move back into 2nd or 3rd by the end of the weekend. Its $3.7 million was a 69% drop from its previous Friday. A $13 million finish should bump it back into the top 3 this weekend.

Star Wars will continue its trek towards the $900 million mark this weekend. It placed 5th place on Friday, but like Ride Along 2, It could jump up a few spots. Star Wars will most likely be battling it out with Ride Along 2 for 2nd place this weekend. A finish around $13.5 million would give it 2nd place. That would push its running tally to $878 million domestically, and over $1.9 billion worldwide.

The Fifth Wave will debut outside the top 5 this weekend, as it made only $3.5 million on its opening day. It failed to excite the young adult audiences that made The Hunger Games movies so successful. Wave even failed to reach the levels of the Maze Runner and Divergent series. A debut below $10 million around $8.5 will be a very disappointing opening for the movie.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi made $2.7 million on Friday and could leapfrog over Fifth Wave by the end of the weekend. A finish around $9 million is possible.

Daddy’s Home and The Big Short followed on Friday with $1.3 million and $975k. The movies should finish with $4 million and $3.5 million.

Norm of the North should round out the top 10 with about $3 million.

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