Box Office Report: “Ride Along” sequel tops the first post-Oscar nomination weekend



(JANUARY 15 – JANUARY 17, 2016 estimates)
Last Weekend

  1. Ride Along 2 (Opening) – $35,320,000
  2. The Revenant (Week 4) – $31,800,000
  3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Week 5) – $26,377,000
  4. 13 Hours (Opening) – $16,218,000
  5. Daddy’s Home (Week 4) – $9,543,000
  6. Norm of the North (Opening) – $6,840,000
  7. The Forest (Week 2) – $6,015,000
  8. The Big Short (Week 6) – $5,300,000
  9. Sisters (Week 5) – $4,710,000
  10. The Hateful Eight (Week 4) – $3,570,000


  • The Force Awakens is finally toppled, but it was expected to come within the 5th week with today’s climate of constant tentpole films. January is Kevin Hart season and while Ride Along 2 performed well, it still falls short of the first film’s $41M.
  • All Oscar-nominated films (excluding Bridge of Spies and Mad Max: Fury Road who aren’t in theaters right now) saw boosts of various sizes this weekend. On its fourth week, 12-time nominee The Revenant was able to wave to Star Wars has it waltzed by. Dropping just 20.2%, and adding 184 theaters on top of its 3,000+, it’s made $89M so far, already doubling Birdman‘s number.
  • The highest grossing film in America The Force Awakens, gearing up to take over James Cameron’s epic pair worldwide, is now up to $852M, topping Avatar by nearly $100M. However, as predicted, it still has the 45/55 split with international grosses, and although it’s become the fifth film to cross $1B in international markets, it’s perhaps another week from beating Titanic‘s worldwide number despite having nearly $300M in the U.S.
  • 13 Hours is a bit of a Lone Survivor-esque turn for Michael Bay but it didn’t even manage half that amount. However, it’s his weakest opening since The Island and his debut Bad Boys. It’s looking to make around $50M total at best, but that’s just a day in the life of a Transformers movie.
  • Daddy’s Home is enjoying its legs. It dropped just 36.4% and has made $129M so far. Its his highest leading role number (if we exclude The Lego Movie) since Talladega Nights, now surpassing the Anchorman sequel’s $127M.
  • The critically panned Norm of the North was going to be a straight-to-DVD but was lucky enough to slip into theaters with aggressive last minute marketing. It has the same theater average as Daddy’s Home so this was kind of its best case scenario given the circumstances.
  • The Forest drops a predictable 52.8% and has made $21M so far. Doubled its $10M budget at least.
  • The Big Short‘s post-BP nomination boost comes in a similar package to The Revenant with a shorter drop. It fell 14.2% despite leaving over 700 theaters and has made $50M so far.
  • Sisters is in the same boat as Daddy’s Home but its softer opening leaves it a couple leagues behind. It dropped 34.5% and has made $82M so far.
  • The Hateful Eight unperformed with the Oscars – though is a contender for two wins if it’s feeling lucky – it dropped 44.2% but it crossed its $44M with $47M grossed so far.


  • In other news, Best Picture nominations have afforded certain titles confidence to add more theaters. Brooklyn, the film with the least nominations of the final eight, happened to be the film that benefited most. Adding nearly 400 theaters, it had a handsome average of $2.5k. It grossed $1.7M this weekend and has grossed $24M so far.
  • To contrast Brooklyn‘s success, Best Picture winner frontrunner Spotlight had the next best weekend, adding 600 theaters but only with an average of $1.6k. It’s grossed $30M so far, which is around the amount Birdman had after the nominations. We’ll have to see, but it should end up with around $45M to be around what other Best Picture winners make.
  • A little presumptuous of Weinstein to give Carol a push after its snubs but that didn’t stop a significant marketing push, mostly in Blanchett’s name. 265 theaters were added and it made $1.4M this weekend grossing $9M in total so far.
  • The little-film-that-could Room will finally come to a theater near you after scoring nominations for Picture and Director. A24 added 200 theaters and it came out with a healthy average of $2.4k. It’s grossed nearly $6M so far, which actually makes it one of the least grossers of Picture nominees (at the time of nomination). Hopefully it’ll have a similar trajectory as Whiplash and triple its current count.
  • Even The Martian benefitted from its seven nominations this week as it’s still in 275 theaters despite being available on DVD/Blu-Ray now. It bumped up 20.8% and has made $227M so far.


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Written by Jack Moulton

Jack is a recent graduate of the University of Hertfordshire, UK, with a degree in Film and Television Production. Resident film encyclopaedia, he naturally slipped into film journalism, though has interest in writing and making them himself one day. See his tumblr blog to the side for more film reviews and lists.


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