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World Box Office, Jan 04- Jan 10

The champagne is still flowing over at 20th Century Fox after The Revenant capped off a spectacular $38 million weekend with three Golden Globe awards. Alejandro González Iñárritu saw months of hard work in the wilderness in the U.S., Canada and Argentina come to fruition in his two Golden Globe wins for Best Director and Best Motion Picture Drama. Leonardo Di Caprio picked up his third best actor nod for his starring role as beleaguered frontiersman Hugh Glass. After two weeks of $100k+ averages in four New York and Los Angeles specialty theaters The Revenant made a move into 3,375 US and Canadian theaters, finishing just behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens It also launched abroad and scored $20.2 million in just 10 markets. The biggest was Russia, where tough guys and bears are very popular. It beat Star Wars to the top spot with $7.6 million. Germany was worth $4.3 million, while Australia was good for $2.9 million.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, unsurprisingly, took first again at the domestic and global box office. J.J. Abram’s picture is already the top grossing film in the U.S. of all time, and added $41.6 million over the weekend, helped by Best Actor in a Limited Series winner Oscar Isaac and Harrison Ford, who gave the closing remarks at Sunday’s ceremony. It reached a domestic cumulative of $812 million. In addition to this fourth consecutive win in the U,S,, Force opened with a galactic bang in China. It earned $53 million for the biggest Saturday to Sunday opening ever in the Middle Kingdom, $8.1 million of which came from IMAX screens. It now has the seventh biggest overseas gross of all time with a foreign total of $921 million, and should move past $1 billion within days. Its global total is now $1.733 billion, making it the 3rd biggest film of all time not accounting for inflation.

Jennifer Lawrence’s Joy, from director David O. Russell and for which the 25-year-old actress won her third Golden Globe on Sunday, made $12 million this weekend. It earned $4.5 million in the U.S., and made the rest from 45 overseas territories including new arrivals Spain ($1.2 million) and Mexico ($557K.)

Fellow holdover Daddy’s Home, starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, was number 3 at the U.S. box office with a $15 million weekend frame. This sleeper hit found a gap in the Star Wars-dominated December film schedule, and has quietly made its way into blockbuster territory with a $116 million cume at the domestic box office. Overseas it added $10 million to reach a global cumulative of $154.2 million. Its biggest foreign territory so far is the UK at $17.4 million followed by Australia at $10.8 million.

Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, which missed out on the big prizes for Best Picture and Director but took home Best Original Score for Ennio Morricone’s Far West theme, moved abroad as well. It took $17 million from 19 countries. Its biggest prize was in France, where it finished firth with $4.4 million. The UK was good for $3.9 million, while in Brazil it launched with $1.5 million in sixth place.

Next weekend we’ll see Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, along with Norm of the North and Kevin Hart and Ice Cube comedy Ride Along 2. Star Wars, for the record, has now made more money than the nation of Belize did last year, and may still end its run ahead of Bhutan and Liberia.

Lorenzo Soria