‘Star Wars’ Climbs To $652M, New Year’s Eve B.O. Jumps For ‘Joy’, Lifts ‘Big Short’

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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 about 19% from Wednesday’s $28.1M gross to approximately $22.7M on Thursday, and the No. 2 pic Daddy’s Homefrom Paramount slid about 13% to an estimated $5.8M. Disney/Lucasfilm’s The Force Awakens raised its two-week cume to an estimated $652M and Paramount’s comedy pairing of Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg totaled about $65M for its first 7 days.

Thursday slots 3 through 5 were too close to call.

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 an estimated $3.2M from Wednesday’s $2.6M. If Thursday’s estimate holds, the film’s 7-day tally will be roughly $28M.

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight dipped between 13% and 6% from Wednesday’s $3.5M to a guestimated $2.9M to $3.3M on Thursday in 2,264 theaters, with that count rising to 2,474 theaters (or thereabouts) on New Year’s Day.

Fox’s animated Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip dropped about 24% to an estimated $3.2M Thursday from Wednesday’s $4.2M. Two-week cume is just under $56M.

In the No. 6 slot, Universal’s Sistersslid about 27% from Wednesday’s $3.18M to about $2.3M and a $49M 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 between $2M and $2.2M on Thursday for a cume of about $24M.

In 8th place, Sony and Will Smith’s chronicle of the catastrophic risks of pro footballConcussion remained virtually even Thursday with $1.6M-$1.7M vs. Wednesday’s $1.685M. Its 7-day cume is about $17.4M.

Anomalisa, Paramount’s critically acclaimed stop-motion animated movie directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, opened Wednesday in 4 theaters in New York City and Los Angeles, grossing an estimated $45K. Thursday estimates were not available for comparison.

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