Weekend Box Office: ‘Rogue One’ Dominates Christmas Competition
Lucasfilm and Disney’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story continued its stranglehold on the box office for the second weekend in a row with a dominant $15 million on Christmas Eve and is estimated to take in $120 million over the six-day Dec. 21-26 period.
Illumination and Universal’s family-friendly animated feature Sing easily led the rest of the pack with a solid $7.9 million. The animated film’s projected four-day take is $51 million for a six-day debut of $71 million, followed by the Jennifer Lawrence–Chris Pratt sci-fi space romance Passengers at about $27 million and videogame adaptation Assassin’s Creed, starring Michael Fassbender at six-day start of $22 million-$23 million. Sing earned an A CinemaScore.
Sony’s Passengers and Fox’s Assassin’s Creed have debuted much lower than expected – the sci-fi adventure is getting passed over by most moviegoers for holdover offerings and Assassin’s is an unmitigated bomb, although it did slightly better than Passengers in terms of its CinemaScore (B+ vs B).
Meanwhile, the R-rated comedy Why Him?, starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston, rounded out the top five and took in an estimated $1.8 million Saturday for a four-day start of $14 million, which is in line with recent expectations for the film.
Award season contender Fences, directed by and starring Denzel Washington, entered wide release on Sunday. Also expanding nationwide on Sunday was Lionsgate’s Oscar-favorite La La Land, which stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The musical grossed $9.7 million after 16 days of limited release.