Weekend Box Office Snowed in — “Grandpa” “Fifth Wave” bomb, “Ride Along” buried

boxofficeThe storm impacting much of the East put a damper on “Dirty Grandpa,” “The Boy” and “The Fifth Wave.” None of those lesser (January–low expectation) new releases will have earned more than $10 million by midnight Sunday.

“Grandpa” has a shot at just barely clearing it, and opening in 4th place.

“Ride Along 2” is doing what dogs do — dying a quick death its second weekend. Huge opening, despite bad reviews. It’s down 70% on its second weekend, hoping to cling to a top three finish. Kevin Hart should do some more chat show appearances, make some tired, dated jokes about black filmgoers and snow. Or something.

The Oscar favorite “The Revenant” will manage a win, close to $15 million for a Frontier Era tale of survival and revenge starring Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s over $118 million, as of Sunday night.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has cruised to $878 million. Will it hit a $billion in the U.S.? As there’s no Oscar bump for this one, chances are — no. But it’ll be close.

The blizzard will almost certainly kill the big indie Oscar contenders this weekend, with the DC-Boston corridor snowed in.

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