Box Office: Blockbusters ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Sing’ Continue Holiday Assault

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (2016) - New Year's Box Office

‘Rogue One’ Clears $400M, ‘Sing’ Nears $200M Milestone

The holiday box office hasn’t let up for a second straight week. On top for the third consecutive weekend, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story earned another estimated $64.3 million over the extended frame.

On New Year’s Eve, Rogue One became the third film of 2016 to pass $400 million domestically. But the Star Wars spin-off wasn’t finished with milestones. Rogue One also knocked off Captain America: Civil War to become the second highest grossing film of 2016. Finding Dory is all that stands in Rogue One’s way from Star Wars dominating the box office two years in a row. And we can assume three with Star Wars Episode VIII due out this December. While the biggest drop among the holdovers, Rogue One is still a force to be reckoned with. The $500 million milestone could be broken in less than two weeks. At this point $550 million even seems like a possibility.

Illumination Entertainment struck gold by releasing Sing a few days before Christmas. The animated ensemble film pulled in another $56.1 million over the extended weekend. That’s even better than last weekend’s Christmas frame. Without any animated competition in January, Sing has a clear shot at becoming the runner-up holiday film with over $250 million. Granted, the film will slow down in the dailies as kids go back to school. However, the weekend drops should be able to compensate.

Sony’s Passengers may have gotten off to a rough start last weekend. Flash forward one week later and the Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi adventure grossed another $20.7 million. While still a far cry from the hauls Pratt and Lawrence are used to, there’s still an outside chance at $100 million. A turnaround like this is exactly what Sony needs. And with Paramount’s Arrival making a run at the century mark too, there’s no reason for Sony to give up just yet.

After getting knocked out of the Top 5 last weekend, Disney’s Moana is back. The singing island princess returned with another $14.3 million over the extended weekend. Moana also became Disney’s fourth consecutive film over $200 million this weekend. She stands alongside Frozen, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia. Within another week, Moana should also be able to surpass Big Hero 6’s $222.5 million. But the goal now is hitting $250 million and staying ahead of Sing. $250 million is doable if Moana continues to perform like Tangled. But remember, Disney kept the long-haired princess in the theaters until late May.

Rounding out the charts this weekend is the James Franco, Bryan Cranston comedy, Why Him?. Down one spot from last weekend, Why Him? pulled in another $15 million. Its 11-day total pushes the film to $37.6 million. With the holidays over, there might be just enough legs to reach $60 million.

Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.

#1 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (1)
$49.5 million / $64.3 million / $439.7 million total

#2 – Sing (2)
$42.8 million / $56.1 million / $180.0 million total

#3 – Passengers (3)
$16.2 million / $20.7 million / $66.0 million total

#4 – Moana (6)
$11.0 million  / $14.3 million / $213.4 million total

#5 – Why Him? (4)
$10.6 million / $15.0 million / $37.6 million total

Opening Next Week: Hidden Figures, Underworld: Blood Wars, A Monster Calls

Source: Box Office Mojo

Written by
Matt Marshall is a film reviewer that specializes in Blu-Rays. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.

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