6TH UPDATE: MONDAY, 2:15 PM: The weekend box office is running 28.3% over 2015 with Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Revenant (in its expansion) both driving audiences in what started out as a neck-and-neck race and ended with Star Wars $2.5M ahead of the Golden Globe Best Picture Drama winner. With those awards under its belt – Picture, Actor, Director – we expect to be bombarded by Golden Globe Revenant ads this evening.

Everything outperformed estimates this weekend. The Revenant was tracking at $20M but looking at Lone Survivor as the comp, it was thought it could go to around the $38M to $40M mark. While The Revenant should get a nice hold this coming weekend, the horror film The Forest may end up sliding in its second weekend as many in the genre do.

Meanwhile, we see no slowing in moviegoing this coming weekend with Ride Along 2 powering into the marketplace during what is the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday frame. The first Ride Along opened in the same frame in 2014 and took in $41.5M in its opening weekend, which means that Ride Along 2 may just be the film that topples Star Wars from its No. 1 perch. Other upcoming films will be 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi from Paramount and the animated Norm Of The North from Lionsgate.

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The Top 20 chart follows:

Anita Busch reported Monday finals.

1). Star Wars: The Force Awakens (DIS), 4,134 theaters (0) / 3-day cume: $42.3M / Per screen average: $10,245 / Total cume: $812.7M / Wk 4

2). The Revenant (FOX), 3,375 theaters (+3,371) / 3-day cume: $39.8M / Per screen: $11,801 / Total cume: $41.3M / Wk 3

3). Daddy’s Home (PAR), 3,483 theaters (+141) / 3-day cume: $15M (-49%) / Per screen: $4,311 / Total cume: $116.3M / Wk 3

4). The Forest (FOC), 2,451 theaters / 3-day cume: $12.7M / Per screen: $5,198 / Wk 1

5.) Sisters (UNI), 2,864 theaters (-114) / 3-day cume: $7.18M / Per screen: $2,510 / Total cume: $73.9M / Wk 4

6.) The Hateful Eight (TWC), 2,938 theaters (+464) / 3-day cume: $6.4M (-59%) / Per screen: $2,179 / Total cume: $41.5M/ Wk 3

7). The Big Short (PAR), 2,529 theaters (+941) / 3-day cume: $6.17M / Per screen: $2,441 / Total cume: $42.7M / Wk 5

8). Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip (FOX), 2,972 theaters (-502) / 3-day cume: $5.7M / Per screen: $1,919 / Total cume: $75.8M / Wk 4

9). Joy (FOX), 2,513 theaters (-411) / 3-day cume: $4.4M / Per screen: $1,781 / Total cume: $46.5M / Wk 3

10). Concussion (SONY), 2,056 theaters (-785)/ 3-day cume: $3M / Per screen: $1,473 / Total cume: $30.9M / Wk 3

11). Point Break (Alcon/WB), 1,981 theaters (-929) / 3-day cume: $2.1M / Per screen: $1,085 / Total cume: $26.7M / Wk 3

12). The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (LG), 1,227 theaters (-258) / 3-day cume: $2.1M / Per screen: $1,717 / Total cume: $277.5M / Wk 8

13). The Good Dinosaur (DIS), 1,190 theaters (-545) / 3-day cume: $1.7M / Per screen: $1,469 / Total cume: $177.4M / Wk 7

14). Creed (WB), 1,001 theaters (-374) / 3-day cume: $1.5M / Per screen: $1,513 / Total cume: $105.6M / Wk 7

15). Carol (TWC), 525 theaters (-336) / 3-day cume: $1.4M / Per screen: $2,831 / Total cume: $7M / Wk 8

16). Brooklyn (FSL), 294 theaters (+9) / 3-day cume: $1M / Per screen: $3,590 / Total cume: $22.4M / Wk 10

17). Spotlight (OPRD), 368 theaters (-17) / 3-day cume: $928K / Per screen: $2,523 / Total cume: $28.5M / Wk 10

18). The Danish Girl (FOC), 417 theaters (-32) /3-day cume: $845K (-45%) / Per screen: $2,028 / Total cume: $7.6M / Wk 7

19). Wazir (RBE), 109 theaters / 3-day cume: $586K / Per screen: $5,376 / Wk 1

20). Spectre (SONY), 379 theaters (+48) / 3-day cume: $403K / Per screen: $1,065 / Total cume: $198.5M / Wk 10

Noteworthy:

Anomalisa (PAR), 17 theaters (+13) / 3-day cume: $217K (+60%) / Per screen: $12,738 / Total cume: $486K / Wk 2

The Masked Saint (FREE), 482 theaters / 3-day cume: $124K / Per screen: $257 / Wk 1

The Treasure (IFC), 3 theaters / 3-day cume: $14K / Per screen: $4,541 / Wk 1

5TH UPDATE, Sunday 9:12 AM, after 7:10 AM post: In the wake of the most successful holiday season of all-time, traffic hasn’t slowed at the multiplex thanks to huge performances by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Revenant and Daddy’s Home. Total ticket sales this weekend are 22% over the same frame a year ago with $155M, pushing 2016 at $443.7M ahead of 2015 by 27%. The boom among adult moviegoers for Revenant, who shelled out $38M for the 20th Century Fox/New Regency release, is amazing particularly in the face of juggernaut Force Awakens. “It just proves that when you have the right movie, people do come,” said a rival distributor about the Alejandro Inarritu frontier film.

Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens crossed $800M last night in its 23rd day of release after a huge $19.2M Saturday, 79% over Friday. With such results, Episode VII holds No. 1 for the fourth weekend in a row with $41.6M, down 54%. Given the fact that Star Wars is at 781 more playdates than 20th Century Fox/New Regency’s The Revenant, plus the fact that Sunday matinees are family-friendly, the J.J. Abrams title gets the upper hand today. Imax is still a huge driver with 391 hubs generating $6.6M for the weekend, raising the domestic cume for the large format provider to $108.7M. It took Avatar 57 days to hit that Imax benchmark. Fifteen of the top 20 grossing engagements were in Imax.

Many already believe that Universal’s Ride Along 2 will unseat Force Awakens from the top spot next weekend with a four-day estimated take of $50M+.

revenantRevenant was +6% on Saturday with $15.2M, putting it on course for a $38M opening in second place ($39.6M cume). Hands down, it’s the director’s biggest opening of all-time and the fourth best stateside debut for DiCaprio and supporting actor Tom Hardy.

Here’s what’s mindblowing: This is a gritty, bloody western that at a glance may look tough to sit through. Of course, older guys who love westerns are guaranteed to show up, and they did at 57% per CinemaScore. But what’s amazing is that women aren’t covering their eyes. Per Rentrak’s PostTrak, close to half of them gave the DiCaprio bear brawl an excellent grade, which is more than the guys at 46%. In the hands of another distributor, Revenant may not have worked, especially in the wake of a marketplace that has seen the collapse of brilliant adult movies like Steve Jobs, Legend, Concussion and The Walk. However, Fox got this film correct. They waited for the Force Awakens hurricane to pass, and sprung the DiCaprio title right in the heart of Golden Globes and Oscar nom week. A B+ CinemaScore indicates at least a 3X multiple for this movie’s final cume, maybe more. Any Globe wins and Oscar noms are going to kick it higher, coupled with an Imax release next weekend. Revenant‘s FSS alone underscores DiCaprio’s power to open riveting adult fare.

Speaking on the success, 20th Century Fox domestic distribution chief said, “There are times when our industry gets it right. There’s an extremely compelling story in The Revenant with an extremely compelling cast, topped off by Leonardo DiCaprio’s remarkable performance. Combine that with Alejandro Inarritu’s bold, innovative filmmaking that he’s known for and when these elements come together, the reward is that the audience is not only accepting, but embracing it. It’s a quintessential example of moviegoing at its finest.”

Revenant played very balanced across the nation and overperformed in all states except the Northeast region. Top markets that over-indexed include Phoenix, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis, Portland and Nashville. The only top markets to under-index were New York, Houston, Toronto and Miami. Top venues: NY, LA, Dallas, Atlanta, DC, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, Chicago, Montreal, and San Diego.

Originally, Hateful Eight and Revenant were supposed to duke it out as wide expansions this weekend, but TWC sent the Quentin Tarantino title out earlier to capitalize on holiday moviegoers and avoid any mauling by the DiCaprio film. Tarantino’s eighth-directed title made $6.3M in its third sesh at No. 6, down 60% for $41.5M at 2,938 runs. In its opening alone, Revenant has made 93% of Hateful Eight’s total cume. Consider the fact that one is shorter than the other by a near half four with Revenant at 156 minutes and Hateful Eight at 187 minutes.

This awards season, Fox has been pushing a number of clips and quote-filled photos for The Martian and Revenant on Facebook. RelishMix notes that the social conversation for Revenant — which counts an SMU of 70.2M across all outlets topped off by DiCaprio’s 29.3M followers —  is filled with proclamations that the actor is finally the hands-down Oscar favorite and that the film is also a top contender. RelishMix also notices that there are other threads about the pic’s locations and production challenges, with the crew chiming in. The official teaser trailer was dropped five months ago and it has clocked 18.9M views on YouTube.

Last night, FX aired the doc The Revenant A World Unseen. 

Gramercy/Focus’ The Forest also blew away its tracking projections with a $13.1M opening in fourth place. Most horror films slide on Saturday, but this Natalie Dormer one did not, with an estimated $5.2M, +5% over Friday. Updated PostTrak figures show that a little more than half of the audience at 54% thought it was very good or excellent with young women under 25 (54% femmes, 65% under 25) buying the most tickets.

forest 2In regards to the social convo on The Forest – it was pretty dark. RelishMix reports, “Social conversation surrounds negative feelings towards the actual Aokigahara Forest in Japan, where it is said some people have committed suicide.  There are also frustrations expressed over the ‘whitewashed’ cast, which seems a contradiction for a film set in Japan that is ‘based on actual events.’  Also, fans are discussing Natalie Dormer, who is recognizable to the under 25 crowd from The Hunger Games series, Game of Thrones and other roles.” A little more than a third of those who sat through The Forest are telling their friends to go per PostTrak.

While social engagement was strong by The Forest cast in posting pictures, trailers and behind-the-scenes content, their footprint was small at 1.4M. But there were big social plugs with a Forest Instagram takeover of Glamour, Cosmo en Espanol and Women’s Health; live Twitter and Snapchat chats; and a Refinery 29 and Snapchat takeover. Dormer’s SMU of 622K is boasted by an unofficial Facebook page with 475K likes. Among the marketing efforts for Forest, there was a Miami press day with Dormer targeting Hispanic press as well as influencer screenings with William Valdes. Additionally, there were social influencer and YouTube screenings.

The top 10 films per studio reported Sunday estimates for the weekend of Jan. 8-10, 2016:

1). Star Wars: The Force Awakens (DIS), 4,134 theaters (0) / $10.76M Fri. /$19.2M (+79%) Sat./$11.7M (-39%) Sun./ 3-day cume: $41.6M (-54%) / Total cume: $812M/ Wk 4

2). The Revenant (FOX), 3,375 theaters (+3,371) / $14.35M Fri./$15.2M (+6%) Sat./$8.45M (-44%) Sun. / 3-day cume: $38M (+8401%)/ Total cume: $39.6M / Wk 3

3). Daddy’s Home (PAR), 3,483 theaters (+141) / $4.2M Fri./$6.96M (+66%) Sat./$3.84M (-45%) 3-day cume: $15M (-49%)/ Total cume: $116.3M / Wk 3

4). The Forest (FOC), 2,451 theaters / $4.97M Fri. /$5.2M (+5%) Sat./$2.9M (-44%)Sun. 3-day cume: $13.1M/ Wk 1

5.) Sisters (UNI), 2,864 theaters (-114) / $2.26M Fri. /$3.17M (+40%) Sat/$1.74M (-45%) Sun./3-day cume: $7.17M(-44%) / Total cume: $73.9M / Wk 4

6.) The Hateful Eight (TWC), 2,938 theaters (+464) / $1.9M Fri./$2.76M Sat. (+43%)/$1.657M (-40%) Sun./ 3-day cume: $6.35M (-60%)/ Total cume: $41.5M/ Wk 3

7). The Big Short (PAR), 2,529 theaters (+941) / $1.85M Fri./$2.85M Sat. (+54%)/$1.6M Sun. (-14%)/ 3-day cume: $6.3M (-30%) / Total cume: $42.85M / Wk 5

8). Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip (FOX), 2,972 theaters (-502) / $1.1M Fri./$2.8M (+156%) Sat./$1.58M (-44%) Sun./ 3-day cume: $5.5M (-57%) / Total cume: $75.6M / Wk 4

9). Joy (FOX), 2,513 theaters (-411) / $1.43M Fri./$2M (+40%)Sat./$1.07M (-46%) Sun./ 3-day cume: $4.5M (-56%) / Total cume: $46.6M / Wk 3

10). Concussion (SONY), 2,056 theaters  (-785)/ $975K Fri. /$1.36M (+39%) Sat./$720K (-47%) Sun./ 3-day cume: $3.1M (-60%) / Total cume: $31M / Wk 3

Notables:

Anomalisa (PAR), 17 theaters (+13)/ $67K Fri./$93K (+39%) Sat./$61K (-34%) Sun./ 3-day cume: $221K (+64%)/ Per screen: $13K/Total cume: $491K / Wk 2

4TH UPDATE, Writethru, Saturday 8:28AM: It’s a bear brawl between Leonardo DiCaprio and the Jedis, and while 20th Century Fox’s The Revenant won Friday with $14.4M to Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ $10.75M, it’s going to be a fight to the finish in terms of which title takes No. 1. Currently per industry estimates this morning, Revenant has the edge for a No. 1 weekend win with $38.3M to Star Wars’ $37M.

force awakensForce Awakens’ grip on No. 1 hinges on Sunday and some think the J.J. Abrams film has a better chance of holding better than Revenant given the turnout of friendly Star Wars family fans. Not to mention Episode VII is playing at 759 more theaters than the Alejandro Iñárritu western. Force Awakens probably will cross $800M on Sunday now.

Let’s start with The Revenant, financed largely by New Regency: It’s bound to blow away its intial $20M-$22M projections by over 70% and a B+ CinemaScore. That’s a fantastic start for a film that carries a $135M estimated production cost before P&A and it’s a great grade—better than previous DiCaprio R-rated fare such as The Wolf of Wall Street (C, $116.9M final domestic) and Shutter Island (C+, $128M) which respectively legged out their openings to final multiples of 6.4x  and 3.1x. Industry insiders think Shutter Island is the better comparison here as it didn’t open over Christmas, unlike Wolf which reaped a bulk of its biz from holiday turnstiles.

the revenantSince racking up $2.3M in Thursday previews, The Revenant has been lighting up its showtimes throughout Friday. Insiders say that it’s drawing not just the intelligentsia and cineaste crowds, but those who don’t frequently go to the movies. We’re hearing there’s a 53% to 47% male-female split, as well as a heavy over-25 crowd. The under 25 set at 22% gave it an A- CinemaScore. The number one reason for watching the bloody frontiersmen film? 75% of the CinemaScore crowd cited ‘actor,’ which some believe accounts for DiCaprio and Tom Hardy combined. From their polls, Rentrak’s PostTrak shows good word of mouth for Revenant with 59% of the crowd saying they would recommend to a friend. That’s a higher recommend than Hateful Eight which carries a 42% score. Many awards prognosticators are not only betting that DiCaprio wins the Golden Globe for best drama actor on Sunday, but they think it’s his year at the Oscars as well. Revenant also has Globe noms for best drama, director and score.

For some, Revenant‘s rally doesn’t come as a surprise. They initially juxtaposed the film to 2014’s Lone Survivor. Why? Both are R-rated star driven movies that platformed over Christmas and busted wide in the same January window, with the Mark Wahlberg movie opening to $37.8M. It’s worth pointing out that the Denzel Washington vehicle The Book of Eli is actually a more exact comparison (opening $32.8M, final cume $94.8M) since it too was a star-driven January vehicle that drew similar demos to Revenant. Lone Survivor on the other hand was guy-heavy.

Revenant also debuted this weekend in Germany, Australia and Russia, along with some small Middle East markets.

the forestThe weekend’s second wide entry, Gramercy/Focus Features’ The Forest posted a C CinemaScore, but it’s beating its industry estimates with a $12.2M debut. As a PG-13 title, it’s drawing the atypical under-25 femme crowd at 64%, even though a majority of the audience didn’t come out for Game of Thrones beauty Natalie Dormer (only 5% cited the actress). Rather, they were horror fans, repping 79% of those polled. Of those sitting in the multiplex, 70% were under 25. Those older than 25 hated the movie with an ugly D+. In regards to its audience, Forest has a similar make-up to Ouija as far as PG-13 horror fare goes. Though that film played in October and opened to $19.9M, it finaled with a 2.6X at $50.9M.  A third of those who sat through Forest will recommend it to their friends per PostTrak.

THE BIG SHORTParamount’s finance-industry The Big Short, which has a lot of heat behind it to win best comedy at the Golden Globes, upped its theater count from 1,588 to 2,529 on Friday. While many expected the studio to expand the film to 2,500 engagements on Dec. 23, it held off, first because of Star Wars sucking up all the oxygen and second to capitalize on the Golden Globes and Oscar nom week vortex. The Adam McKay movie is getting primetime exposure on Sunday with an estimated 20M people tuning into the Globes. Smart play by the Melrose lot in a move to draw prospective moviegoers. But that’s not all: Big Short has the best weekend hold out of all the films in the top 10 with -32%.

The Big Short also has Globe noms for comedy actors Steve Carell and Christian Bale as well as McKay and Charles Randolph’s screenplay.

hateful eight 2Weinstein’s Co.’s The Hateful Eight after boosting from 2,474 theaters to 2,938 is looking at $6.2M in its third weekend with a total cume of $41.3M. Pic looks to grow 40% on Saturday over Friday. The film is nominated for three Golden Globes — best supporting actress (Jennifer Jason Leigh), screenplay (Quentin Tarantino) and score (Ennio Morricone). Last time Tarantino was at the Globes for Django Unchained in 2013, he won best screenplay while Christoph Waltz took best supporting actor.

Top 10 films as of Saturday morning for the period of January 8-10, 2016:

1.) The Revenant (FOX), 3,375 theaters (+3,371) / $14.4M Fri. (+9374%) / 3-day cume: $38.3M (+8468%)/ Total cume: $39.9M / Wk 3

2.) Star Wars: The Force Awakens (DIS), 4,134 theaters (0) / $10.75M Fri. (-69%) / 3-day cume: $37M ( -59%) / Total cume: $807.4M/ Wk 4

3). Daddy’s Home (PAR), 3,483 theaters (+141) / $4.2M Fri. (-63%)/ 3-day cume: $14.1M (-52%)/ Total cume: $115.4M / Wk 3

4). The Forest (FOC), 2,451 theaters / $4.99M Fri. / 3-day cume: $12.2M/ Wk 1

5.) Sisters (UNI), 2,864 theaters (-114) / $2.2Fri. (-52%) / 3-day cume: $7M(-45%) / Total cume: $73.7M / Wk 4

6.) The Hateful Eight (TWC), 2,938 theaters (+464) / $1.9M Fri. (-71%) / 3-day cume: $6.2M (-61%)/ Total cume: $41.3M / Wk 3

7). The Big Short (PAR), 2,529 theaters (+941) / $1.8M Fri.(-47%) / 3-day cume: $6.1M (-32%) / Total cume: $42.67M / Wk 5

8). Joy (FOX), 2,513 theaters (-411) / $1.4M Fri.(-65%) / 3-day cume: $4.6M (-55%) / Total cume: $46.6M / Wk 3

9). Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip (FOX), 2,972 theaters (-502) / $1M Fri. (-73%)/ 3-day cume: $4.5M (-63%) / Total cume: $75M / Wk 4

10). Concussion (SONY), 2,056 theaters  (-785)/ $974K Fri. (-68%) / 3-day cume: $3M (-62%) / Total cume: $31.5M / Wk 3

Notable:

Wazir (BIGP), 113 theaters/ $167K Fri. / 3-day cume: $501K/ Per screen: $4K/ Wk 1

Anomalisa (PAR), 17 theaters (+13)/ $67K Fri. (+25%)/ 3-day cume: $245K (+81%)/ Per screen: $14K/Total cume: $515K / Wk 2

The Masked Saint (Freestyle), 482 theaters/ $41K Fri. / 3-day cume: $131K/ Wk 1

Trust Fund (IND), 4 theaters/ $8K Fri. / 3-day cume: $25K/ Wk 1

2ND UPDATE, Friday 1:08PM: Alejandro Iñárritu’s western The Revenant is exploding with current predictions currently at a $33M-$35M three-day wide opening. Some non-Fox distrib chiefs even project that The Revenant could go much higher. Either way, this would be a solid start for the New Regency film which carries a $135M budget. Revenant, which 20th Century Fox is handling for a fee, is force awakens 19still expected to slot second behind the all-powerful Star Wars: The Force Awakens which is looking to do $45M-$50M in No. 1. At that pace, Force Awakens will cross the eight-century mark on Saturday. Episode VII is being held at 4,134 venues in its fourth frame.

The word of mouth on Revenant is already huge with 85% of all moviegoers telling Rentrak’s PostTrak that it’s very good or excellent.  In addition, 82% of the audience report that they know at least five people who will go watch the Inarritu film. Also per PostTrak, 33% of those watching Revenant are DiCaprio fans, which on the pollster’s meter is huge for an actor; rarely seen on the bigger tentpoles.  While DiCaprio’s highest opening belongs to 2010’s Inception at $62M, his biggest three-day debut during the winter months is Shutter Island which grossed $41M in February 2010. Revenant is expected to win Friday with $13M-$14M, while Force Awakens will come in behind with a $13M+ gross today.

Paramount’s Daddy’s Home is looking at $14M-$15M in its third outing at 3,483 engagements at No. 3, raising its cume to about $116M.

Nos. 4 and 5 are a toss-up between Gramercy/Focus Feature’s The Forest and Weinstein Co.’s The Hateful Eight which are each looking at between $9M-$10M.

the big shortParamount’s The Big Short expands by an extra 1,000 screens to 2,529.  Industry projections have the Adam McKay financial comedy in its fifth sesh making $6M, which would raise its running cume by Sunday to $42.5M. Awards pundits are projecting that the film might take the Golden Globe for best comedy on Sunday. PostTrak also sees hot WOM for The Big Short with 77% of all moviegoers answering that they know at least five people who’ll make their way to the Ryan Gosling-Brad Pitt-Christian Bale-Steve Carell ensemble film.

1st UPDATE, 7:40AM: 20th Century Fox is reporting this morning that The Revenant racked up $2.3 million in Thursday previews at 2,501 locations. This puts the Leonardo DiCaprio Western at $3.86M after folding its four local New York and Los Angeles runs of $1.56M. Last night, those metro hubs made $48K. Universal executed a similar rollout with Lone Survivor in 2013-2014, opening limited on Christmas Day and going wide post-New Year’s. That film made $1.7M in its wide Thursday previews before chalking up $37.8M for the frame at 2,875 locations. Industry estimates have The Revenant, which cost $135M before P&A, opening in the low $20Ms at No. 2 at 3,375. New Regency largely financed The Revenant.  

DiCaprio, according to some awards prognosticators, is expected to win the best actor drama awards at the Golden Globes this Sunday for his turn as frontiersman Hugh Glass, who after being mauled by a bear is left for dead by his fellow hunters, who have also murdered his son. Glass rises from the dirt to get his revenge.

Revenant goes wide backed by an 81% fresh Rotten Tomatoes score along with nominations from the BAFTAs, Producers Guild, the Golden Globes (four, including best drama), Critics’ Choice (nine, including best picture) and SAG (lead actor).

the forestAlso opening this weekend is Gramercy/Focus Features’ The Forestwhich industry estimates put at $10M-$12M. The horror film that stars Game Of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer grossed $515K at 1,700 engagements last night. Forest goes to 2,450 venues tonight.

force awakens 1Meanwhile, in early AM estimates, Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens stands at $770.4M, with industry projections seeing the J.J. Abrams-directed pic crossing the $800M mark stateside on Saturday or Sunday–  a feat no other title has accomplished at the domestic B.O. in 23 to 24 days. Current weekend projections have Force Awakens between $45M-$50M in its fourth frame at No. 1. Episode VII made close to $6M last night at 4,134.

Paramount/Red Granite’s Daddy’s Home in its third frame is looking at an estimated $15M-$17.5M for No. 3. The Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg PG-13 comedy crossed $100M last night after taking in close to $1.5M. For both Ferrell and Wahlberg, respectively, Daddy’s Home is the ninth title to cross $100M on their resumes.

Weinstein Co.’s The Hateful Eight will raise its theater count close to 3,000 on track for a $10M-$11M third weekend. Last night, the Quentin Tarantino film made $1.3M with a current cume of $35.1M.