|Box office report: ‘Rogue One’ threepeats, ‘Passengers’ rises|
In its second weekend in wide release, the pair’s sci-fi romance Passengers, which underperformed during its first go-round at the box office, climbed to an estimated $20.7 million over the holiday, bringing its total haul to just over $66 million. Meanwhile, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story holds firm atop the domestic chart for a third week in a row.
The Morten Tyldum-directed Passengers stumbled over the Christmas period, finishing its debut weekend with $15 million in ticket sales on a $110 million budget. The expensive blockbuster held steady throughout the week, however, powering up as the New Year’s holiday afforded many Americans an extra Monday off work.
With a four-day haul of $64.3 million, Gareth Edwards’ prequel to A New Hope is closing in on Finding Dory‘s $486.3 million total — the highest gross of any film released in 2016. Rogue One should surpass that number by the end of the week. Disney, which distributed Rogue One, currently holds four spots on the list of top five domestic earners, capping a fantastic calendar year for the House of Mouse. In December, the studio became the first in history to cross the $7 billion mark at the global box office, while North American ticket sales set an all-time record in 2016, generating $11.4 billion through Dec. 31, besting 2015’s previous record of $11.14 billion.
Sandwiched between Rogue One and Passengers is Illumination and Universal’s animated musical Sing, which climbs roughly 60 percent over its sophomore four-day weekend in theaters, tallying $56.4 million for a total figure hovering around $180 million after just 13 days in theaters. The film has now made $277.8 million worldwide.
Rounding out the top five are holdover titles Moana ($14.3 million four-day) and Why Him? ($13 million four-day), with the latter surpassing modest expectations to post a two-week total a hair under its $38 million production budget.
Denzel Washington’s Fences entered its first full weekend on U.S. screens Friday, after enjoying a solid single-day $6.7 million on Christmas for a freshman weekend finish at No. 7. The film rises to No. 6 this week, making an estimated $12.7 million over the four-day stretch. Fellow awards contender La La Land jumps to No. 7 after adding 16 locations, bringing in an estimated $12.3 million over the holiday. Its domestic total now stands at a little over $37 million.
Manchester by the Sea adds an additional $5.5 million to its ballooning $29.7 million total to surpass Mud as Roadside Attractions’ highest-grossing movie of all time. The distributor ended 2016 with an estimated $75.7 million through Dec. 31. The releasing company notched its previous yearly best in 2013, when it made $44.8 million total.
Annette Bening’s 20th Century Women, which hit theaters on Dec. 28, premieres to a healthy $36,576 per-screen average at four theaters with Monday grosses included. Peter Berg’s Patriots Day makes an extra $200,000 from seven theaters, while Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson similarly earns $22,042 per theater over the same period.
Check out the Dec. 30-Jan. 2 box office estimates below.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $49.5 million ($64.3 million four-day) Sing – $42.8 million ($56.4 million four-day) Passengers – $16.2 million ($20.7 million four-day) Moana – $10.9 million ($14.3 million four-day) Why Him? – $10.6 million ($13 million four-day) Fences – $10 million ($12.7 million four-day) La La Land – $9.5 million ($12.3 million four-day) Assassin’s Creed – $8.6 million ($10.9 million four-day) Manchester by the Sea – $4.2 million ($5.5 million four-day) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – $4.1 million ($5.4 million four-day)
Rebellious 'Rogue One' controls box office for a third weekend with $64.3M
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story still dominates in 2017, taking the box office for a third weekend in a row.
Disney's $64.3 million four-day New Year's weekend haul for Rogue was enough to push the one-off Star Wars film to $439.7 million, which means it's only behind Disney/Pixar's Finding Dory (which has earned $486.3 million to date) as the highest-grossing film that opened in 2016.
Rogue's prequel tale of the Rebels who steal the plans for the Empire's Death Star weapon has earned worldwide total of $775 million with box-office heavyweight China yet to open.
The scenario is a near remake of one year ago, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens kept control of the box office on its way to $2 billion worldwide.
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"It's the second straight year that a Star Wars film has owned New Year's," says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for the tracking service comScore. "It's the irresistible gravitational pull of the brand, along with Rogue One just being a flat-out great movie."
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Animated musical comedy Sing, which boasts an all-star singing cast that includes Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, belted out some power notes of its own, taking second place in its second weekend with $56.4 million ($180 million total). The movie enjoyed a rare increase from last weekend's four-day opening of $56.1 million.
"That shows an incredibly strong hold for this movie because word of mouth is hitting all the right notes," Dergarabedian says.
Passengers, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as stranded space travelers, took third place with $20.7 million ($66 million total). Animated hit Moana showed surprising strength at No. 4 with $14.3 million, for $213.4 million total since opening Thanksgiving weekend.
Rounding out the top five was the dysfunctional family holiday comedy Why Him? (starring James Franco and Bryan Cranston), which pulled in $13 million ($37.6 million total).
Awards contender Fences, directed by and starring Denzel Washington along with Viola Davis, continued to perform well over New Year's with $12.7 million, for $32.4 million total and sixth place overall.
Musical favorite La La Land danced to an impressive $12.3 million for the long holiday weekend. The film starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling finished seventh and has earned a powerful $37 million total before next weekend's Golden Globes Awards, where it leads the pack with seven nominations.
The Casey Affleck drama Manchester By the Sea finished No. 9 in the weekend's top 10, earning $5.5 million ($29.9 million total).
'Rogue One' Tops Box Office for Third Straight Weekend
The new year at the box office is starting where 2016 left off: with Disney on top.
The "Star Wars" spinoff "Rogue One" led the box office for the third straight week, taking in an estimated $64.3 million over the four-day New Year's weekend, according to studio estimates Monday.
The success of Gareth Edwards' "Rogue One" has only further cemented a record year for the Walt Disney Co., which ran up $2.7 billion in domestic ticket sales in 2016 and accounted for more than 25 percent of the market.
"Rogue One," which has now grossed about $440 million in North America and nearly $800 million globally, currently slots in as the year's No. 2 movie, following "Finding Dory" (also from Disney). The studio notched four of the five top films and has, in a year marked by franchise struggles, made a routine of churning out well-reviewed, hugely profitable blockbusters.
The weekend pushed the industry to $11.4 billion in ticket sales in 2016, topping the $11.1 billion record set in 2015. The record revenue, propelled primarily by the Disney juggernaut, masks undeniable challenges in the business. Attendance was largely flat. Streaming and television continue to grow as competitors. Some glaring failures ("Suicide Squad") and flops ("Independence Day: Resurgence") showed considerable franchise fatigue with audiences. And several studios (Paramount, Sony) endured much leaner years.
But Hollywood's 2017 is starting out with brisk business. In its second week of release, the animated "Sing," from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment, again came in second with $56.4 million.
The poorly reviewed science-fiction romance "Passengers," starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, came in third with $20.7 million over the four-day weekend. It's made $61.4 million thus far, a somewhat disappointing total for a film that cost north of $100 million to make. Another Disney title, "Moana," came in fourth with $14.3 million in its sixth weekend.
A pair of Oscar contenders is also packing theaters. Despite playing in more limited release, Damien Chazelle's Los Angeles musical "La La Land" grossed $12.3 million over the four-day weekend. The lead Golden Globe nominee has grossed $37 million and yet is playing in only 750 theaters. (Wider releases play in 3,000-plus theaters.) It's the year's top limited release title.
Denzel Washington's acclaimed August Wilson adaption, "Fences," also took in $12.7 million over the holiday weekend. Since opening wide on Christmas, the Paramount release has made $32.4 million, making it one of the more lucrative stage-to-screen adaptations in recent years.
Debuting in a handful of theaters was Mike Mills' family drama "20th Century Women," starring Annette Bening, and Jim Jarmusch's poetic "Paterson," with Adam Driver. Each drew strong per-theater averages playing on four screens. They joined a large contingent of films in limited release making awards-qualifying bows before expanding in January. Among them: Martin Scorsese's Christian epic "Silence," the grief-filled fantasy "A Monster Calls," Peter Berg's Boston Marathon drama "Patriot's Day," Ben Affleck's crime thriller "Live By Night," and the 1960s NASA tale "Hidden Figures" (which earned $1.1 million over the weekend in 25 theaters).
In the coming weeks, those films will try to kick start the box office of 2017. On tap in the new year are new installments from "Guardians of the Galaxy," ''The Fast and the Furious," ''Alien" and, of course, "Star Wars" -- a new (and yet very familiar) fleet of blockbusters that will hope to drive the industry to even higher revenue records.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday.
1. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," $64.3 million ($45.8 million international).
2. "Sing," $56.4 million ($24.5 million international).
3. "Passengers," $20.7 million ($21.7 million international).
4. "Moana," $14.3 million ($21.3 million international).
5. "Why Him?" $13 million ($10.1 million international).
6. "Fences," $12.7 million.
7. "La La Land," $12.3 million ($6 million international).
8. "Assassin's Creed," $10.9 million ($22 million international).
9. "Manchester by the Sea," $5.5 million.
10. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," $5.4 million ($8.8 million international).
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:
1. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," $45.8 million.
2. "Sing," $24.5 million.
3. "The Great Wall," $24.4 million.
4. "Assassin's Creed," $22 million.
5. "Passengers," $21.7 million.
6. "Moana," $21.3 million.
7. "Some Like it Hot," $20.7 million.
8. "Master," $11.2 million.
9. "See You Tomorrow," $10.3 million.
10. "Why Him?" $10.1 million.