Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Rogue One’ Stays Ahead of ‘Passengers’ and ‘Assassin’s Creed’
It has long been a fine American tradition to escape the awkward enclosure of your parents’ house over your holiday vacation and spend a few hours in the local movie theater, where everyone can shut up about politics and stop swapping passive aggressive comments on each other’s lifestyle for a few hours. 2016 was no different, with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Sing drawing in the big crowds while La La Land and Fences impressed in limited release. Not so impressive: Passengers, Why Him?, and Assassin’s Creed, each of which underperformed.
|1||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||$64,377,000 (-58.8)||$15,486||$286,375,000|
|8||La La Land||$5,729,000 (+39.7)||$7,806||$13,611,000|
|9||Office Christmas Party||$5,115,000 (-40.4)||$2,095||$42,153,000|
|10||Collateral Beauty||$4,275,000 (-39.8)||$1,412||$15,276,000|
As expected, Rogue One held onto the number one spot, grossing $64 million for a grand domestic total of $286 million. Also as expected, Gareth Edwards’ standalone movie isn’t going to get close to the final gross of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it’ll do just fine. At this rate, cracking $400 million won’t be an issue and worldwide ticket sales should get it to within spitting distance of $1 billion when all is said and done.
Sing slid into second place, grossing $55 million over its first five days in release. That’s not the most impressive opening for an animated movie this year, but it’s a pretty good one, especially when you consider the Illumination’s movies tend to cost significantly less than Pixar, Disney, and DreamWorks productions. Unless something goes horribly wrong next weekend, it should continue to perform well throughout January.
However, even more impressive are Fences and La La Land, which both expanded into more theaters and rode a wave of positive buzz to strong box office returns. The former has now made just under $7 million while the latter sits pretty at $13 million. As we crawl deeper into awards season, both should continue to perform, especially as they end up snagging all of those expected Oscar nominations. Outside of the top 10, Jackie and Manchester by the Sea also did well and will probably re-enter the charts soon enough.
But all was not well, as Passengers flopped into third place with $22 million over its first five days, the victim of scathing reviews and confused advertising. It’s up to you to choose whether or not this film’s failure is something to celebrate or something to more carefully consider, because the only thing Hollywood may take from this is “don’t make more original science fiction films.”
Since Why Him? cost significantly less, it’s $11 million opening isn’t nearly as devastating, but it’s not particularly good either. It’ll be a Christmas miracle if the film can crawl to $40 million before it leaves theaters.
The real bomb of the weekend was Assassin’s Creed, the expensive video game adaptation that was dead on arrival with only $17 million over five days. Not even Michael Fassbender and director Justin Kurzel can defeat the video game movie curse, which also felled Duncan Jones’ Warcraft earlier this year.
As for everyone else: Moana continued to do strong business (although it’s looking increasingly unlikely to do Frozen and Zootopia numbers), Office Christmas Party may break even but it will be hard to call it a hit, and Collateral Beauty looks ready to vanish off the face of the earth.