Paramount's Daddy's Home 2, playing in 3,565 theaters, came in second after Orient Express and fighting off the comedy curse, thanks to a strong family turnout. The movie landed the second-biggest bow of the year for a comedy behind Girls Trip ($31.7 million). Paramount was in sore need of a victory after such mishaps as Darren Aronofsky's mother! and George Clooney's Suburbicon.
The sequel sees the return of Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, with Mel Gibson and John Lithgow joining the cast. This time out, Dusty (Wahlberg) and Brad (Ferrell) join forces to create the perfect holiday for their kids, but their alliance is put to the test when their own fathers show up. Linda Cardellini, John Cena and Alessandra Ambrosio also star.
Daddy's Home 2, rated PG-13, marks Gibson's best opening as an actor since Signs in 2002. (He made his comeback as a director last year with Hacksaw Ridge.)
The first Daddy's Home launched to $38.7 million over its Christmas 2015 weekend debut, but had the advantage of playing to families for the holidays. The follow-up scored an A- CinemaScore, compared to a B+ for the first one.
"The movie is satisfying the family audience and the comedy audience," says Paramount domestic distribution chief Kyle Davies. "And because of the holiday element, we wanted the most runway before the actual holidays."
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