NEW YORK — The snowy frontier saga “The Revenant” weathered a blizzard-ravaged box office.

Weekend movie-going was affected up and down the East Coast by a severe winter storm, which forced theater closures in Washington, D.C., and New York and caused hundreds of theaters to suspend showings.

“It had a huge effect on the entire marketplace,” said Kevin Grayson, head of domestic distribution for STX Entertainment, which debuted the horror thriller “The Boy.” “Anywhere from 300 to 400 theaters were affected.”

Fittingly, the film that most flourished in the frigid winter weather was 20th Century Fox’s Oscar-nominated “Revenant,” which took in an estimated $16 million in its third week of wide release. The Alejandro Inarritu-directed thriller, set in the 1820s, is proving to be one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest hits with $119.2 million in North America thus far. It was also the top film internationally over the weekend with $33.8 million.

Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” came in second with $14.3 million in its sixth week of release. “The Force Awakens,” with $1.94 billion globally to date, will likely cross $2 billion in the next week.

Last week’s No. 1 movie, the Kevin Hart-Ice Cube comedy “Ride Along 2,” dropped steeply in its second week, sliding to third with $13 million for Universal.

Those holdovers were trailed by a trio of new releases: “Dirty Grandpa,” “The Boy” and “The 5th Wave,” which all earned $10 million to $12 million over the weekend.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office firm Rentrak, said the storm had an effect, but cautioned against overestimating its impact. “It probably altered the box office 10 or 12 percent overall,” he said.


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