Box Office: ‘Rogue One’ Set to Rule the New Year

Box Office: ‘Rogue One’ Set to Rule the New Year

With the new year about to reign in on Sunday, the coming weekend looks to retain the same titles from last weekend’s top ten – all looking at slim declines at the box office.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Sing will lead the pack once again.

Disney‘s Rogue One has been nothing but a major financial success, not reaching the heights of The Force Awakens of course, but still on course to become 2016’s highest grossing film domestically.  The first Lucasfilm spinoff has amassed $375 million in America thus far.  After less than three weeks in theaters, the film is already the third highest-grossing movie of the year.  By Sunday morning it will be the second highest.  Expect a 40% drop from last weekend’s four-day total, adding another $60 million.  That would push the total to a robust $435m.  A final total north of $530m is likely by the end of its run, allowing the film to easily top Finding Dory‘s $486m total.

Sing has also performed fantastically with family audiences.  The animated musical has generated an impressive $123 million after just about a week in theaters with plenty more to come.  The toon is set to bring in another $55 million through Monday for $178m in total in less than two full weeks of play.

Among several holdovers, both Passengers and Assassins Creed have struggled compared to expectations especially due to their budgets of $110m-plus, but they should rebound a bit over the long weekend.  Passengers might add another $20 million over four days for a $65m total, while Assassins Creed could add another $10m for a $41m total.

Next weekend sees the start of the first new 2017 wide release, ScreenGems‘ Underworld: Blood Wars, the fifth feature in the Underworld franchise bringing back lead actress Kate Beckinsale once again.  The nationwide expansion of two potential awards contenders will also fight for a spot in the top ten; Fox releases Hidden Figures, while Focus Features unleashes A Monster Calls.

Image: Disney/Lucasfilm

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