Christmas came for 2016 and, even with a slew of big titles releasing, nothing could stop the might of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (4,157 screens) which demolished the box office for a $96m 4-day weekend to bring its domestic gross to $318m. The $200m production has now surpassed $555m globally as the holiday season kicks in and it should continue to dominate for a few more weeks yet.
Sing (4,022 screens) opens in second place with $59.5m for the 4 day weekend on a $14,794 screen average. Illumination Entertainment’s $75m production scored solidly with critics posting a 72% fresh which will help for screen average holds over the coming weeks. As the number one new opener, Sing is 43% behind The Secret Life of Pets $104m opening weekend earlier this year and it should position the film to take near $240m domestically.
Passengers (3,478 screens) opens to a modest $23.1m 4 day weekend on a $6,642 screen average. The $110m production, which felt the claws of critical derision with a 32% rotten score, was hampered by the presence of juggernaut Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and, given how much of the publicity was built around its two A-list headliners Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, it’ll be up to the masses to keep this puppy going on screens with their own word of mouth. Comparatively 2011’s Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol expanded on Christmas weekend to take $29.6m and went on to gross $200m domestically (it also did a limited release week prior for $16m). Passengers won’t head anywhere near that number, with a $90m finish most likely.
Why Him? (2,917 screens) takes the bronze for a $16.7m opening weekend on a $5,725 screen average. The $38m production was met with pretty unwelcoming reviews scoring a 41% rotten result but these types of gross out comedies are generally review proof when it comes to commericial prospects. Comparatively, last year’s Sisters opened to $13.9m for the $30m production and went on to gross $87m domestically. Given there is not young adult skew comedy in the market place that crosses both genders and can play older, Why Him? should be able to see its way to an $80m+ result stateside, too.
Assassin’s Creed (2,970 screens) takes $15m for the 4 day weekend after it opened on Wednesday 21st. Posting a $5,050 screen average, the $125m budgeted film was savaged by critics scoring a 19% rotten mark. With $22.5m in the kitty thus far, this will have limited to zero prospects outside of the gaming property fans and, maybe, some residual curio from Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard fans. With Underworld: Blood Wars, xXx: Return of Xander Cage and A Monster Calls all falling in the next 3 weeks, this Assassin will disappear from screens quickly and will finish around the $45m mark.
Fences (2,233 screens) expanded on Sunday after a 4 screen limited release to take $11.3m on a $5,060 screen average. The $24m budgeted Denzel Washington directed and starring production scored huge with critics landing a 94% fresh ranking. This is an awards driven release and, given the star power, the theatrical stage show success and it’s older playing audience, Fences will be a fierce weekday competitor and should happily see its fortunes sail past $100m domestically. Viola Davis is a surefire lock for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars for this. Expect Fences to stick around for a while, people.
Moana (2,687 screens) takes $10.3m for its fifth weekend to bring to domestic gross to $183.5m. Performing along the lines of Tangled, which grossed $201m domestically in 2010/11, Moana is looking at a $210m finish for its theatrical run.
La La Land (734 screens) storms into 7th with $9.6m on a very healthy $13,090 screen average. WIth $17.6m in the kitty thus far, this $30m production is just starting out and, what with all the critical praise and awards attention, this should also push its way to a $100m+ finish line on its way to Oscar glory. Critics awarded Damien Chazelle’s film a 93% fresh score and, given that screen average and a wider expansion planned over the coming weeks, this puppy should make its way higher in the rankings as the weeks go on.
Office Christmas Party (2,441 screens) lands in 9th with $7.2m to bring its domestic cume to $44.3m on a $40m budget.
Collateral Beauty (3,028 screens) takes $6.9m for its second weekend to bring its domestic haul to $18.1m on a $36m budget. There’ll be some soul searching going on at camp Will Smith as, outside of Suicide Squad, his dramatic films have tanked at the box office (Concussion, Focus). This will be all over for $50m.
In Cinemas January 6, 2017 – Underworld: Blood Wars, A Monster Calls