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Will Smith’s ‘Concussion’ delivers surprise at the box office

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It was pretty tough being a new movie at the box this weekend as Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ easily continued its dominance on its way to topping the billion-dollar mark in its second week of release.

No less than five movies made strong showings in the top 10, but none were good enough to outdo Star Wars. Despite the hype, promotion, and buzz surrounding the film, Will Smith’s dramatic turn as Dr. Bennet Omalu in Concussion only yielded moderate results earning $11 million for a sixth place debut.

Overall, after Star Wars’ powerful $153 million showing, the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy’s Home placed second with a very healthy $38 million in its debut week. Joy, the dramedy starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro, opened with a modest $17.5 million to land at No. 3. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s comedy, Sisters, fell one spot to No. 4 with $13.8 million earned. And rounding out the top five was Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Club with $12.7 million.

For the full weekend top 10, check out the list below:

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $153.5M

2. Daddy’s Home – $38.8M

3. Joy – $17.5M

4. Sisters – $13.8M

5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Club – $12.7M

6. Concussion $11M

7. The Big Short – $10.5M

8. Point Break – $10.2M

9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2 – $5.3M

10. Creed – $4.6M

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