Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Revenant” grossed an impressive $2.3 million at on Thursday night as it expanded into a nationwide release.
Fox expands “The Revenant” from four locations to 3,371 on Friday with early expectations of an opening in the $20 million range. The stark drama has performed solidly in its limited release with $1.5 million since Christmas.
Gramercy’s horror-thriller “The Forest” generated a respectable $515,000 at 1,700 sites in Thursday night previews.
“The Revenant” and “The Forest” are facing the fourth weekend of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which set a new record Wednesday as the top domestic release of all time by eclipsing the final total for “Avatar.” “The Force Awakens” took in $6.2 million domestically on Wednesday, its 20th day of release, for a total of $764.4 million.
The space saga is expected to remain dominant this weekend with at least $40 million in the U.S. after a record-setting third weekend of $90 million.
“The Revenant,” directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, stars DiCaprio as fur trapper Hugh Glass, who was mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his party during a brutal winter expedition in 1823.
“The Revenant” carries plenty of awards season credibility with a Producers Guild nomination announced Tuesday, four Golden Globes nominations and a Screen Actors Guild nod for DiCaprio. The film carries a $135 million price tag with New Regency financing along with RatPac, Alpha Pictures and Empyre.