A monster weekend for Leo Dicaprio and the nationwide expansion of the Revenant!
One of the highest MoviePass takes we’ve seen in a while, the Revenant occupied 30% of movies seen this weekend by members. With this plus its wins at the Golden Globes last night, Alejandro Iñárritu’s film looks like it’ll be a serious contender at the Oscars this year. Friendly reminder: nominations will be announced this week on Thursday.
In second was the horror movie the Forest, starring Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer, which ended the weekend with 10%. Two other awards-contenders were behind it: the Big Short and the Hateful Eight were within .1% of each other, coming in at 7.2% and 7.1% respectively. The Big Short had another short drop from last week, coming down 29%. Hateful Eight dropped 59% to arrive at #4, and Joy dropped 47% to arrive at the final spot in the top 5 with 5.1%.
On the box office side, the Revenant nearly usurped Star Wars from its very comfortable first position. With a huge $38M weekend, it was only about $4M shy of taking over the Force Awakens, which ended at $42M.
Farther behind was Daddy’s Home at $15M (taking 4% of member check-ins), and then the Forest with $13M.
What’s next week? It’ll be quite a varied weekend coming up. There’s 13 Hours: the Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Michael Bay’s explosion packed depiction of the conflict in Benghazi,. There’s Norm of the North, a family animated movie about a polar bear that tries to convince humans not to move into his home in the Arctic (…). And finally, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in the buddy-cop comedy sequel Ride Along 2. Bay’s movies are always a draw, but I think Ride Along 2 will be pretty close behind. I don’t see Norm taking anything higher than fifth place.