DiCaprio's ‘Revenant’ Tops ‘Star Wars’ on First Wide Release

  • Fox's frontier adventure brings in $14.4 million domestically
  • `Star Wars' adds $10.8 million on Friday, premieres in China

The Revenant. Source: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

“The Revenant,” the Western adventure movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, took a first step on Friday toward ousting “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” from atop the weekend box-office rankings.

Released by 20th Century Fox, “The Revenant” brought in $14.4 million in North American theaters on Friday, including $2.3 million in “preview” screenings Thursday night, boxoffice.com said. “The Force Awakens,” Walt Disney Co.’s latest addition to the “Star Wars” franchise, grossed $10.8 million on Friday, raising its domestic total to $781.1 million in 22 days, boxoffice.com said on Saturday.

The website predicted “The Revenant” will tally about $36.5 million in sales for the full weekend, and trail “The Force Awakens” for the three-day period.

Set in the 1820s frontier, “The Revenant” features DiCaprio as frontiersman Hugh Glass, who’s seeking revenge against people who left him for dead after a bear attack. Co-produced by New Regency Pictures, it’s directed and co-written by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who won last year’s Academy Award for best director for “Birdman.”

“The Revenant” is up for four Golden Globe awards on Sunday including best motion picture - drama, best director, and best actor for DiCaprio. Strong reviews and awards buzz around DiCaprio and Inarritu probably helped “The Revenant” pull moviegoers into theaters, potentially ending three weeks of dominance by “Star Wars.”

“The Revenant” opened two weeks ago in four theaters and has sold $1.6 million in tickets in the limited release.

“The Force Awakens” topped the 2009 film “Avatar” last week as the top-grossing domestic release of all time. It premiered this weekend in China, the world’s second-largest movie market. Disney spokesman Dominic Hougham said in an e-mail that “current indications point towards an opening day gross of around $33 million,” which would make it the biggest opening day ever for a Disney movie in China.

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