By Daniel Garris
Fox's The Revenant claimed first place on Tuesday with $3.14 million. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed western starring Leonardo DiCaprio was down 45 percent from Monday's holiday performance and down a solid 37 percent from last Tuesday. The Revenant is on the verge of passing the $100 million domestic milestone, as the film has grossed a stronger than expected $98.84 million after twelve days of wide release (and an additional two weeks of platform release). The film is currently running an impressive 25 percent ahead of the $79.25 million twelve-day take of 2010's Shutter Island. With not much expected from this coming weekend's three new wide releases, The Revenant looks to be in good shape to lead the box office over the weekend.
Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens took second place with $2.38 million. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise declined 64 percent from Monday's inflated performance and a solid 38 percent from last Tuesday. The Force Awakens continues to pad its total as the highest grossing film of all-time domestically with $861.33 million through 33 days of release. That places the film 69 percent ahead of the $509.06 million 33-day take of 2009's Avatar and 45 percent ahead of the $595.63 million 33-day gross of last year's Jurassic World. Today Disney announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII has been pushed back to December 15, 2017.
Universal's Ride Along 2 followed closely behind in third place with $2.28 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart was down 60 percent from Monday. In comparison, 2014's Ride Along fell 70 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $2.10 million. Ride Along 2 has grossed $43.28 million in five days. That is towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the film 15 percent behind the $50.73 million five-day start of Ride Along.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi placed in fourth with $1.84 million. The Michael Bay directed action thriller from Paramount held up nicely on Tuesday, as it was down just 39 percent from Monday. 13 Hours has grossed $21.06 million in five days of release. While that is a bit below expectations, the film may be able to hold up well going forward thanks in part to strong word of mouth. 13 Hours is currently running 26 percent behind the $28.42 million five-day start of 2012's Act of Valor.
Fellow Paramount release Daddy's Home rounded out Tuesday's top five with $0.703 million. The PG-13 rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg fell 70 percent from Sunday and 38 percent from last Tuesday. Daddy's Home continues to impress with a stronger than expected 26-day gross of $132.56 million.