Force keeps 'Star Wars' saga success aglow

LOS ANGELES : “Star Wars; The Force Awakens” drew by far the biggest weekend crowds to North American screens as its record earnings keep mounting, final industry data showed on Monday.

The latest “Star Wars” space epic took in $90.2 million for the Friday, Saturday, Sunday period, down 40 percent from the corresponding week-earlier period, Exhibitor Relations said.

But the film still accounted for 44 percent of the combined ticket sales of all top 12 films. In its first three weeks the movie has now taken in more than $742 million at North American box offices.

The much anticipated seventh installment of the blockbuster saga, showing on 4,134 screens across North America, last week surpassed the $1 billion mark in global box office sales in record time.

A distant second in the latest numbers was “Daddy’s Home” a sharp-edged comedy about the uncomfortable competition between a stepfather, played by Will Ferrell, and the biological father, Mark Wahlberg which took in $ 29.2 million in the latest three-day period, down from its $38.7 million opening weekend.

But “The Hateful Eight,” the latest film from bad boy director Quentin Tarantino, more than tripled its opening-weekend take to surge from tenth to third on the list, at $15.7 million for the three day period.



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