Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ Continues to Inspire Over MLK Weekend

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‘Hidden Figures’ on Course for $100 Million Plus

While no longer concerned with last weekend’s photo finish, Hidden Figures was the clear winner over the extended Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. The inspirational film grossed an estimated $26 million over the four-day haul.

Due to the Monday holiday, Hidden Figures was actually up 14% from the previous weekend. The historical film is quickly becoming one of the final films of 2016 to pass $100 million domestically. Passengers and La La Land are total locks to join the century club. Amy Adams’ sci-fi flick, Arrival, could pass the mark with a boost from Oscar nominations. While an Oscar nominations boost would benefit Hidden Figures, it’s going to be icing on the cake. Could this turn into another leggy version of The Help? Let’s wait and see

Illumination’s Sing rocked its way to second place with another $19.2 million over the weekend. Though it swapped spots with third place La La Land in the three-day frame. Down 7.5% from last weekend, Sing has passed Disney’s very-own Moana domestically. There’s no doubt that Sing will pass $250 million very shortly and Illumination’s first breakout hit, Despicable Me. We’re still weeks away from The Lego Batman Movie – true competition. Meanwhile, let’s play around with an over / under $275 million.

With 7 Golden Globes under its belt, La La Land cannot be stopped. The Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling musical grossed its best weekend to-date. La La Land pulled in yet another $17.5 million domestically. Now at $77.1 million, it’s only a matter of time before the century mark falls. Could it before next week’s Oscar nominations? It’ll be within a few days of either side. Right now, the momentum is to difficult to ignore. IMAX engagements over the weekend were a plus. XXX: The Return of Xander Cage will snatch some of those up on Friday.

It’s a bittersweet weekend for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While the latest Star Wars spin-off passed $500 million this Monday, it also fell two spots from last weekend. Grossing another $17.1 million, Rogue One sits at $502.2 million. Some of its 22% drop can be attributed to losing its IMAX screens to La La Land. Yes, Rogue One is the undisputed box office champion of 2016. The real question now is how much is left in the tank? Can it top the $534 million run of The Dark Knight?

Despite a slew of new releases bursting on the scene, only The Bye Bye Man cracked the Top 5. The horror film grossed $15.3 million over the extended weekend. Even with a C grade on CinemaScore, there was about the same amount of demand as last weekend’s Underworld: Blood Wars.

The Bye Bye Man, Sleepless and Monster Trucks all performed better than my Thursday prediction. Live By Night debuted on par, while Silence and Patriots Day opened a few notches lower.

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

#1 – Hidden Figures (1)
$20.8 million / $26.0 million / $60.4 million total

#2 – Sing (3)
$13.8 million / $19.2 millon / $238.4 million total

#3 – La La Land (5)
$14.5 million / $17.5 million / $77.1 million total

#4 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2)
$13.4 million / $17.1 million / $502.2 million total

#5 – The Bye Bye Man (NR)
$13.5 million / $15.3 million / $15.3 million total

Opening Next Week: Spilt, XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, The Founder, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

Source: Box Office Mojo

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