By Daniel Garris
Fox's The Revenant led the way on Monday with $1.47 million. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed western starring Leonardo DiCaprio was down 59 percent from Sunday's performance (which was deflated by the NFL Conference Championship Games) and down 74 percent from last Monday's performance (which was inflated by the Martin Luther King Day holiday). The Revenant passed the $120 million mark yesterday and has grossed an impressive $120.67 million after 18 days of wide release (and an additional two weeks of platform release). The film is currently running 25 percent ahead of the $96.76 million 18-day gross of 2010's Shutter Island.
Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens placed in a close second with $1.30 million. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise was down 65 percent from Sunday and down 81 percent from last Monday. Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to pad its total as the highest grossing film of all-time domestically with $880.41 million through 39 days of release. That leaves the film just $19.59 million away from becoming the first ever the reach the $900 million domestic mark.
Ride Along 2 took third place with $0.964 million. Universal's PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart fell 67 percent from Sunday and 83 percent from last Monday. Thanks in part to poor holding power thus far, Ride Along 2 is performing below expectations with an eleven-day take of $59.57 million. That places the film 22.5 percent behind the $76.90 million eleven-day gross of 2014's Ride Along.
Dirty Grandpa claimed fourth place with $0.922 million. The R-rated comedy from Lionsgate starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron declined 61 percent from Sunday. Dirty Grandpa has grossed $12.03 million in four days of release. That is towards the lower end of pre-release expectations and places the film 32 percent behind the $17.70 million four-day start of 2013's Last Vegas (which fell 67 percent on its first Monday to gross $1.36 million).
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi rounded out Monday's top five with $0.900 million. The Michael Bay directed action thriller from Paramount was down 54 percent from Sunday and down 70 percent from last Monday. 13 Hours has grossed $33.66 million in eleven days, which is a bit below expectations and places the film 27 percent behind the $46.14 million eleven-day take of 2012's Act of Valor.
Sony's The 5th Wave and STX Entertainment's The Boy claimed sixth and seventh place with respective daily grosses of $0.725 million and $0.720 million. The two films were separated by a very slim $4,804 for the day. The 5th Wave was down 71 percent from Sunday, while The Boy declined 70 percent. Respective four-day starts stand at $11.50 million for The Boy and at $11.05 million for The 5th Wave. Both films are performing towards the lower end of expectations and both films are likely limiting the potential of one another as a result of the overlap between their audiences.