‘Rogue One’ wins New Year’s weekend box office

The rebellion is still alive as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story wins the box office for the third straight weekend.

The film closed out 2016 with an impressive third weekend gross of $64.3 million. Rogue One has now been released for 17 days and has brought in $424.9 domestically. This makes it the second highest domestic grossing film of 2016, only behind Finding Dory reports Variety.

Sing also continues to have an impressive domestic run as it remains in second place after bringing in $56.4 million. The film has quickly passed $180 million domestically and has become quite the surprise animated hit for Universal. Passengers remained in third place with $20.7 million and has now reached $66 million domestically. 

Assassin’s Creed continues to struggle after bringing in only $10.8 million over the holiday weekend and has only grossed $41.9 million since being released. I feel that the film will fall out of the top ten next weekend. Why Him? remains in the top five after a $13 million holiday weekend and the film has now reached just under $40 million domestically.

Fences and La La Land continue to have increased audiences and are both top contenders for this upcoming awards season. Fences earned $12.7 million and La La Land earned $12.3 million. Manchester by the Sea also snuck back into the top ten with $5.5 million.

The first weekend of 2017 brings us the latest installment of the Underworld franchise. We also have two films expand from limited to wide release. It looks like Star Wars might be able to win the box office for the fourth straight weekend.

Weekend Gross by Distributor:

Disney: $79.5 million (-28 percent) 

Universal: $56.4 million (no change)

20th Century Fox: $25.9 million (-14.8 percent)   

Sony Pictures: $20.7 million (-9.7 percent)   

Paramount Pictures: $19.4 million (-1.2 percent) 

Lionsgate: $13 million (+2.6 percent) 

Warner Bros.: $10.8 million (-0.8 percent)   

Roadside Attractions: $5.5 million (+1.1 percent)

Next week’s openings: Underworld: Blood Wars, Hidden Figures (Expands Wide), A Monster Calls (Expands Wide)    

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