The Revenant on top, Goosebumps opens strong
Leonardo Dicaprio in The Revenant.
After losing out on its opening weekend to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant climbed back on top last week off the back of 12 Oscar nominations.
Showing on 223 screens, the bloody revenge story dropped only nine percent in its second week for a weekend gross of $3,598,781, bringing its total to $9,581,362.
The Force Awakens is now entering its 6th week, and looks certain to fall well short of Avatar's record domestic haul of $115 million plus.
Star Wars made $2.9 million over the weekend, a forty percent drop, to bring its cume to just over $85 million.
Coming in third was Roadshow's adaptation of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps. Opening on 273 screens, the Jack Black-starrer pulled in $2.8 million in its first week, neck and neck with J.J. Abrams' space opera over the weekend.
Sony's The 5th Wave came in fourth in its first week. The adaptation of Rick Yancey's YA bestseller stars Nick Robinson (Jurassic World), Maika Monroe (It Follows) and Chloë Grace Moretz as teenagers forced on the run from an alien invasion. Think Tomorrow, When the War Began but with a sci-fi twist.
Opening on 196 screens, The 5th Wave rang up $2,173,271 over the weekend.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Sisters dropped thirty-five percent in its second week, ringing up $2.1 million over the weekend to bring its gross to $6.9 million.
Sisters beat Adam McKay's new film, The Big Short, which opened on 183 screens.
The starry financial collapse dramedy – featuring Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, and Steve Carell – pulled in $1.9 million over the weekend.
Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell's Daddy's Home brought in $1.6 million over the weekend to bring its cume to $17.9 million after four weeks, while Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks is about to crack $11 million after the same number of weeks.
Disney's The Good Dinosaur dropped thirty-one percent for a weekend gross of $950,000, bringing it to a $12.5 million total after four weeks, while Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie passed the $6 million mark after three weeks.
In previews on six screens, Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight brought in $600,949 – a per-theatre average of $99,992.
The highest-ranked local film remains The Dressmaker, in eighteenth spot. Jocelyn Moorhouse's film has now rung up $19,505,656 after twelve weeks.