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Box office: 'Daddy's Home,' 'Hateful Eight' can't stop 'Star Wars'

Box office: 'Daddy's Home,' 'Hateful Eight' can't stop 'Star Wars'

Fireworks and champagne flutes couldn’t motivate enough moviegoers to go to the cineplex for a film other than Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Over the New Year’s weekend, the latest installation of the George Lucas-created franchise topped Paramount’s “Daddy’s Home,” The Weinstein Co.’s “The Hateful Eight” and other holiday holdovers.

“The Force Awakens" grossed an estimated $88.3 million in the U.S. and Canada, nearly meeting expectations of $90 million for the weekend and pushing the J.J. Abrams-directed picture well past the $700-million domestic mark.

The space saga has broken...