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Weekend Box Office Report: December 23-26, 2016

12.26.2016

Rogue One rules Christmas!

The Empire and their rebellious adversaries marched into first place again over the holiday, putting ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY on top with an estimated $96 million for the four-day weekend!

The STAR WARS prequel from director Gareth Edwards pulled in $63.4 million just for the Friday-Sunday period, a 58% descent from its opening last week.

With the Monday estimates included, the $200 million heist of Death Star plans has a domestic total climbing to $318 million over eleven days in theaters, with a worldwide total over half a billion.

Opening in second place was the new animated musical SING with $56 million for the four-day period. The latest from DESPICABLE ME and MINIONS makers Illumination Entertainment has a domestic total of $76.6 million since its debut on Wednesday.

The crooning creatures (who cost a reported $75 million) were sufficiently enjoyable for the majority of critics, who gave it a 72% average on Rotten Tomatoes. You can read the JoBlo review HERE.

In third place was the new sci-fi journey PASSENGERS with $23.1 million from Friday-Monday. The Chris Pratt/Jennifer Lawrence pairing, which cost a reported $110 million, has a domestic total of $30.4 million since it launched into space on Wednesday.

The A-listers' romantic cruise into the cosmos (from THE IMITATION GAME director Morten Tyldum) didn't endear critics, who gave it an average of 32% on Rotten Tomatoes. The JoBlo review can be found HERE.

Opening in fourth place was the new R-rated comedy WHY HIM? with $16.7 million over the four-day weekend. The $38 million holiday duel between Bryan Cranston and James Franco received a 41% critical average on Rotten Tomatoes, and you can check out the JoBlo review HERE.

The new videogame adaptation ASSASSIN'S CREED plunged into fifth place with a four-day grab of $15 million, and a $22.4 million total since it took the leap into theaters on Wednesday.

Considering that the PG-13 partial-period action movie from star/producer Michael Fassbender cost a reported $125 million, it will need a healthy performance overseas if there's to be any hope of continuing the killer saga on the big screen (although fans can take solace that the game series will surely keep cranking out new entries for the foreseeable future).

Critics mostly shrugged at the humorless time-jumping tale of Templars and murderers with a dreary 19% on Rotten Tomatoes. The JoBlo review is HERE.

Denzel Washington's drama FENCES expanded wide on Christmas Day and caught $11.3 million for sixth place. The $24 million directing effort from the actor, who stars with Viola Davis, has been well-received by critics with 94% on Rotten Tomatoes (the JoBlo review is HERE).

The rest of the Top 10 consisted of previous releases, with Disney's MOANA earning another $10.4 million over the holiday for seventh place. The Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone musical LA LA LAND continued to enchant audiences in eighth with $9.7 million as it danced to a domestic total of $17.5 million.

The R-rated comedy OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY spent Christmas weekend in ninth with another $7.2 million, and Will Smith's holiday drama COLLATERAL BEAUTY hung on in tenth with $7 million.

Outside the chart, FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM made room for the new releases along with ARRIVAL, DOCTOR STRANGE, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS and the Casey Affleck drama MANCHESTER BY THE SEA.

It was a busy time for limited releases, with director Martin Scorsese's religious drama SILENCE drawing attention with a $45k per-screen average. PATRIOT'S DAY, the Mark Wahlberg/Peter Berg account of the Boston Marathon bombing, also made an impact with a $34k per-screen average, and the Taraji P. Henson/Octavia Spencer NASA drama HIDDEN FIGURES attracted $955k at 25 locations for a strong per-screen average of $38k.

Not faring quite so well were Ben Affleck's period crime story LIVE BY NIGHT with a $14k per-screen average and the Liam Neeson tree fantasy A MONSTER CALLS with a per-screen average of $10k.

Next weekend lets the current line-up battle for audiences over the New Year's holiday, with the Adam Driver drama PATERSON opening in limited release.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $96 M $318 M
2. Sing $56 M $76.6 M
3. Passengers $23.1 M $30.4 M
4. Why Him? $16.7 M
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5. Assassin's Creed $15 M $22.4 M
6. Fences $11.3 M $11.5 M
7. Moana $10.4 M $183.4 M
8. La La Land $9.7 M $17.5 M
9. Office Christmas Party $7.2 M $44.2 M
10. Collateral Beauty $7 M $18 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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11:04AM on 12/28/2016
Rotten Tomatoes is full of shit.
Rotten Tomatoes is full of shit.
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9:52PM on 12/26/2016
Hard to judge an opening weekend where you have a traditional family gathering holiday on what's normally the biggest movie night of the week.
Assassins Creed may be a lost cause, there seemed to be no anticipation among general audiences for it.
Hard to judge an opening weekend where you have a traditional family gathering holiday on what's normally the biggest movie night of the week.
Assassins Creed may be a lost cause, there seemed to be no anticipation among general audiences for it.
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8:11PM on 12/26/2016
LOL at Passengers box office.
LOL at Passengers box office.
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5:31PM on 12/26/2016

Rogue one

So rogue one Saturday thought it was better than force awakens.
So rogue one Saturday thought it was better than force awakens.
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2:36PM on 12/26/2016
After seeing Rogue One, I see now that The Force Awakens could have been so much more than a retread of old Star Wars tropes. I don't love that Disney will be churning out Star Wars movie every year or two, but I do think that Rogue One told a story that we hadn't seen onscreen in that universe before, and I hope that the new trilogy does more of that in Episodes XIII and IV.
After seeing Rogue One, I see now that The Force Awakens could have been so much more than a retread of old Star Wars tropes. I don't love that Disney will be churning out Star Wars movie every year or two, but I do think that Rogue One told a story that we hadn't seen onscreen in that universe before, and I hope that the new trilogy does more of that in Episodes XIII and IV.
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3:27PM on 12/26/2016
I think playing it safe was the best option for Force Awakens. While that was my only major gripe about it, I think it was the best way to bring fans and viewers back in burned by the prequels and let them know they're in good hands. I agree, Rogue One was a good test to give fans something different and I hope the next trilogy installments flex a bit more creative muscle.
I think playing it safe was the best option for Force Awakens. While that was my only major gripe about it, I think it was the best way to bring fans and viewers back in burned by the prequels and let them know they're in good hands. I agree, Rogue One was a good test to give fans something different and I hope the next trilogy installments flex a bit more creative muscle.
5:03PM on 12/26/2016
I understand why they did it, and frankly wasn't too bothered by it. Rogue One just defied all my expectations.
I understand why they did it, and frankly wasn't too bothered by it. Rogue One just defied all my expectations.
6:34PM on 12/26/2016
I wholeheartedly agree, man. I really think that Daisy Ridley and John Boyega nailed their roles and I felt much more invested in them than any of the characters in Rogue One, but as a whole I liked Rogue One much better. While well-made, Episode VII just seems even more ridiculously derivative in comparison and as much as I love Adam Driver, Kylo-Ren just feels like even more of a joke now. I have faith in Riann Johnson though and have really enjoyed each one of his films so far, so I'm still
I wholeheartedly agree, man. I really think that Daisy Ridley and John Boyega nailed their roles and I felt much more invested in them than any of the characters in Rogue One, but as a whole I liked Rogue One much better. While well-made, Episode VII just seems even more ridiculously derivative in comparison and as much as I love Adam Driver, Kylo-Ren just feels like even more of a joke now. I have faith in Riann Johnson though and have really enjoyed each one of his films so far, so I'm still really looking forward to Episode VIII. I liked Episode VII at the time, and if I hadn't been raised on the original trilogy I would probably even like it more than Episode IV (it might be blaspheme, but I think it overall does a better job of telling the same story), but I agree that in the wake of Rogue One I feel a lot more disappointed in Episode VII, and actually probably like it quite a bit less. Not that it becomes a worse film, but just that I feel even less personally satisfied with it now.
10:24PM on 12/26/2016
For me, I'd lean towards Force Awakens being a stronger film but marginally. I appreciated the much darker tone to Rogue One. Ballsy third act for a major studio film.
For me, I'd lean towards Force Awakens being a stronger film but marginally. I appreciated the much darker tone to Rogue One. Ballsy third act for a major studio film.
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