Write-thru at 10 AM after 1:31 AM posting: New Year’s Eve distractions may have cut into box office for some of the holiday crop of movies, but others saw respectable increases and one held its own on the final moviegoing day of 2015.

Top draw Star Wars: The Force Awakens declined 18% from Wednesday’s $28.1M gross to a final from Disney now of $22.9M on Thursday, and the No. 2 pic Daddy’s Home from Paramount slid 12% to $5.8M. Disney/Lucasfilm’s The Force Awakens raised its two-week cume to $651.9M, and Paramount’s comedy pairing of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg totaled $64.6M for its first seven days.

Joy, David O. Russell’s true-life tale of energetic perseverance starring Jennifer Lawrence as the title character, saw its New Year’s Eve business jump about 23% to $3.2M from Wednesday’s $2.6M. Fox has the film’s seven-day tally at $28.3M.

jAY
7 months
Joy was boring and dull. Jennifer Lawrence was once again horribly miscast as mother of two kids.
anotherguy
7 months
easy way to blindly discount others opinions. I did see the movie, wouldn't comment otherwise, thanks!
Tom
7 months
You must be joking. American Hustle was a brilliant film. Joy was absolute garbage. A trainwreck of...

Fox’s animated Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip dropped about 24% to $3.2M Thursday from Wednesday’s $4.2M. Two-week cume is $55.5M.

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight dipped 11% from Wednesday’s $3.5M to $3.1M on Thursday in 2,264 theaters, with that count rising to 2,474 theaters (or thereabouts) on New Year’s Day. The cume right now is $13.3M.

In the No. 6 slot, Universal’s Sisters slid about 27% from Wednesday’s $3.18M to $2.28M and a $49.1M cume.

At No. 7, Paramount’s Wall Street shenanigans tale directed by Adam McKay, The Big Short, rose between 3% and 13% from Wednesday’s figure of $1.94M to $2M+ on Thursday for a cume of roughly $24M.

In eighth place, Sony and Will Smith’s chronicle of the catastrophic risks of pro football Concussion remained virtually even Thursday with $1.6M vs. Wednesday’s $1.685M. Its seven-day cume is $17.3M.

No. 9 is Warner Bros.’ Point Break which grossed $1.2M for a total tally going into the weekend of $15.5M.

Anomalisa, Paramount’s critically acclaimed stop-motion animated movie directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, opened Wednesday in four theaters for a $52K beginning gross in New York City and Los Angeles and added another $21K yesterday for a total cume of $73K.

The Revenant from Fox in four theaters grossed another $74K yesterday for a per screen average of $18,500. Its cume is now $874K.