Weekend Box Office: ‘Rogue One’ Tops with ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Underworld’ Tanks
The first weekend in January has allowed the force to stay strong with Disney; however Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had a big challenger as Hidden Figures opened very strong and nearly bumped the space opera.
Gareth Edwards’ first entry in the Star Wars universe earned $21.9 million this weekend, while the 20th Century Fox’s NASA comedy-drama earned $21.8 million, but the positions could reverse when final domestic figures for weekend are released Monday. Directed by Theodore Melfi and starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, Hidden Figures received an excellent A+ CinemaScore from audiences.
Illumination-Universal’s animated animal musical Sing added $19.5 million in third place this week.
The other new movie of the weekend was Screen Gems’ Underworld: Blood Wars, which underwhelmed at No. 4 with a mere $13 million from over 3,000 screens. The successful 13-year-old series’ fifth installment, starring Kate Beckinsale, received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences.
Damien Chazelle’s best picture frontrunner La La Land, rounds out the top five in North America. The contemporary musical, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, earned another $10 million, upping its theater count from 750 to 1,515 theaters.
Check out the full Top 10 below.
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — $21.9 million ($477.2 mil.)
2. Hidden Figures — $21.8 million ($24.7 mil.)
3. Sing — $19.5 million ($213.3 mil.)
4. Underworld: Blood Wars — $13.1 million
5. La La Land — $10 million ($51.6 mil.)
6. Passengers — $8.8 million ($80.8 mil.)
7. Why Him? — $6.5 million ($48.5 mil.)
8. Moana — $6.4 million ($225.3 mil.)
9. Fences — $4.7 million ($40.6 mil.)
10. Assassin’s Creed — $3.8 million ($49.5 mil.)
Next week will see the release of atrocious looking Monster Trucks, along with the horror film The Bye Bye Man and the Jamie Foxx action thriller Sleepless.