Weekend Box Office: Holiday Holdovers Ring In The New Year

As the world ushered in a new year, two standout hits from the end of last year -Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Universal’s Sing-, remained the most popular choice at the multiplex.

All figures reported are based on the Friday-to-Monday holiday frame.

The box office force was strong with Rogue One as it blasted down an estimated $64.3 million from 4,157 theaters. After three weeks of release, the Star Wars standalone feature has brought in a great $439.7 million. The film passed fellow Disney blockbuster Captain America: Civil War to become the second highest-grossing film of 2016 on New Year’s Eve. It should pass Finding Dory’s $486 million by next Sunday to become the number one film of 2016.

Foreign totals for Rogue One currently stand at $350 million. The film’s foreign haul should increase significantly once China opens the film on January 6th. Domestically, Rogue One should continue to be a draw throughout January, which should help it finish around the $550 million mark.

Universal/Illumination’s smash animated hit Sing continued its winning ways, earning an estimated $56.4 million on 4,029 screens. After two weeks, the domestic total for the animated feature has soared to $180 million. The $75 million production has also bagged a great $98 million from foreign markets. With no real competition on the horizon, Sing may finish its North America run near the $300 million mark.

Sony’s pricey Passengers continued to do middling business in third place for a second straight week. The Jennifer Lawrence/Chris Pratt sci-fi romantic feature earned an okay $20.7 million from 3,478 theaters. Its overall domestic total stands at $66 million. A decent haul, but hardly the blockbuster business Sony was hoping for given the film’s popular leads and $110 million spent to produce it. The studio will look to foreign markets to break even on the feature, which has bagged $60 million so far overseas.

Spending its sixth weekend in the top five was Disney’s Moana, landing in fourth place with an estimated $14.3 million from 2,775 theaters. To date, the animated hit has earned $213.3 million domestically with an additional $190 million from overseas.

Rounding out the top five was the Fox comedy Why Him? with an estimated $13 million from 3,008 theaters. After ten days of release, the James Franco feature has earned an okay $37.5 million so far. A final domestic haul between $55-60 million is possible for the $38 million production.

  1.  Fences (Paramount) $12.7 million; $32.4 million
  1.  La La Land (Lionsgate/Summit) $12.3 million; $37 million
  1.  Assassin’s Creed (Fox) $10.8 million; $42 million
  1.  Manchester By the Sea (Roadside Attractions/Amazon) $5.4 million; $29.6 million
  1.  Fantastic Beasts… (Warner) $5.4 million; $225.4 million

The first full weekend of 2017 will see the arrival of Sony’s Underworld: Blood Wars and the national expansion of Fox’s drama Hidden Figures and Focus Features’ A Monster Calls. Watch for Rogue One and Sing to remain right where they are.

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