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Battle at the Box Office 1/18

By Zach

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It had to happen sooner and later as The Force Awakens was finally usurped at the box office by not only Ride Along 2 but The Revenant.

Ride Along 2 took the top spot with $41.5 million for the four day weekend, which is basically exactly what the first movie made.  Reviews were fairly mediocre from critics and the audience might not be as on board this time around as well, based on the audience polling from Cinemascore, Ride Along 2 has a B+ while Ride Along had an A.

The Revenant, with it’s Oscar front runner status, barely dropped from last weekend and stayed in second with another $39 million with another 184 theaters added to it’s run, making it available in 3,559 theaters.

The Force Awakens dropped to third with $32.5 million, bringing it to over $858 million domestically and it’s solidly third all time with $1.8 billion.

13 Hours opened fourth with one of the lowest openings for Michael Bay with $19.6 million.  Pain & Gain opened to $20 million in 2013 and 13 Hours opening puts it between Pain & Gain and Bad Boys on Michael Bay’s list of films.

Daddy’s Home rounded out the top 5 with another $12 million, putting it over $131 million total.

Norm of the North, the third new release of the weekend, took in $9.3 million and exceeded expectations, which were extremely, extremely low.  Reviews were terrible and it’s got 1 more weekend before it gets destroyed by Kung Fu Panda 3.

Elsewhere on the list, The Forest dove as expected, dropping from fourth to seventh with $7 million and The Big Short actually got a slight bump from it’s Oscar noms with $6.5 million, up about 5% from last weekend.

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