Revenant: DiCaprio’s Star Power Challenges Dominance of Star Wars: Force Awakens

Leonardo DiCaprio’s star power helped harrowing Oscar-contending western, The Revenant, to challenge Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the top spot at the North American box office last weekend.

The Hollywood Reporter said The Revenant had “vastly over-performed in its nationwide expansion thanks in no small measure to Leonardo DiCaprio’s star power”, while Variety described the actor as “one of the few consistent box-office draws in an era when star power is at its nadir.  This is a gritty, bloody western that at a glance may look tough to sit through.”

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The Revenant now appears brilliantly positioned for next month’s Oscars, with Iñárritu also named Best Director at the Golden Globes and a nominee for Best Director from the Directors Guild of America (DGA).

The only other new film to make this week’s top 10 was horror The Forest, starring Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer as a young woman who heads into a notorious Japanese “suicide forest” in search of her missing identical twin sister. Jason Zada’s film, which has been poorly reviewed, landed in fourth place with $13.1m on debut.

Box Office, January 8-10, 2016

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: $41.6m. Total: $812m
2. The Revenant: $38m. Total: $39.6m
3. Daddy’s Home: $15m. Total: $116.3m
4. The Forest: $13.1m. Total: $13.1m
5. Sisters: $7.2m. Total: $73.9m
6. The Hateful Eight: $6.4m. Total: $41.4m
7. The Big Short: $6.3m. Total: $42.8m
8. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip: $5.5m. Total: $75.6m
9. Joy: $4.5m. Total: $46.6m
10. Concussion: $3.1m. Total: $31m