Box Office: “Revenant” opens huge–will it knock “Star Wars” off #1?

box-office“The Revenant,” one of the best pictures of 2015, opens wide this weekend. Will it top “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the world-beating blockbuster rehash that is decidedly NOT one of the best movies of 2015 on its opening weekend?

Sunday may be the most telling day.
Friday put “Revenant” on track to take in over $38 million dollars this weekend. Huge for a frontier tale, not a franchise, not a comic book adaptation, non-Western Western starring Leonard “And the Oscar goes to” DiCaprio.

When buzz on a picture is this good, we don’t have to call it hype. Great film. See it. And if you do, it could narrowly nudge the “glib facsimile” “Force Awakens” ($35-37 million) into second place.

“The Forest,” a widely-trashed January horror opening, will manage a passable $12 million opening weekend.

“Revenant” should pass Tarantino’s tepid Western “Hateful Eight” by midweek.

“Daddy’s Home” may be clobbering “Sisters,” but they’re both making bank. The holiday comedies sit at $115 (Will F. and Mark W.) and $73 (Amy and Tina).

“Big Short” is holding up, “Joy” is fading, “Concussion?” Nobody remembers it’s still playing.

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