U.S. Weekend Box Office Round Up Fri 6 – Sun 8 Jan, 2017

‘Oh, so close!’ would be the call of the day as Hidden Figures comes within a hair’s breath of toppling Rogue One‘s pole position dominating run in week four. Yet Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (4,157 screens) managed to hold onto the gold for its fourth weekend with $21.97m to bring the domestic result to a whopping $447.3m for the $200m budgeted film. Another windfall for the film is that it just opened in China and, although the Chinese box office dropped dramatically in 2016, the inclusion of Donnie Yen in this should help push the film to a superb result there and, in turn, send the global grosses well beyond $1bn.

Hidden Figures (2,471 screens) storms into second place on expansion with $21.8m, scoring an $8,822 screen average and bringing its domestic take to $24.75m. Not bad for the $25m production which is poised now to groove its way to a north of $100m result. With a 93% fresh critical score and an A cinemascore, Hidden Figures will have a robust shelf life in theatres and will only prolong its stay when the awards attention kicks into gear.

Sing (3,955 screens) slips 54.4% week on week for $19.57m to bring the domestic haul to $213.37m. This should push its way to near $300m domestically, coming in behind Minions $336m and The Secret Life of Pets $368m boon. Still, it’s a massive result for Illumination Entertainment who are posting Pixar level business figures.

Underworld: Blood Wars (3,070 screens) opens to $13.1m on a $4,267 screen average. That’s a better than expected result given how badly the film performed internationally on opening. With a 22% rotten score (Not that reviews mean anything in this genre), this puppy is strictly for the fans and it will drop by 60%+ next weekend and end its U.S. run on $25m. With $55m in the bank internationally, however, the film will go into the black soon enough for Screen Gems.

La La Land (1,515 screens) jumps up 4.7% for a $10m weekend on a $6,601 screen average to bring the gross to $51.66m nationally. not bad for the $30m production that is also slaying it internationally with a total of $85.76m in global grosses. This puppy will just keep ticking on for the next 6 weeks and should head to a $140m finish.

Passengers (3,400 screens) takes a 45.5% dive to 6th with $8.8m as it crosses $80.9m domestically. The $110m production, which has now passed $185.5m globally, has a little way to go yet to cover the production and P&A spend. It’s been disappointing, yes, but nowhere near the disaster it could’ve been.

Why Him? (2,904 screens) takes $6.5m for weekend 3 to bring the gross to $48.6m as it limps to a $58m finish line. The $38m production has grossed $66m globally (there’s still a slew of territories it has yet to open/won’t open in) and should be able to claw back its costs before heading off to home entertainment.

Moana (2,549 screens) crosses $225m domestically as she heads for a $240m finish.

Fences (2,368 screens) copped a beating from the Hidden Figures expansion dropping 53.2% for $4.7m to bring its take to $40.66m. One can only hope the feature will hold on or bounce back this coming weekend to remain on screens until the Oscars.

In Cinemas Friday 13 January, 2017 – Monster Trucks, The Bye Bye Man, Sleepless, The Book of Love, Ok Jaanu, Live by Night (Expansion), Patriot’s Day (Expansion), Silence (Expansion)

Figures from Box Office Mojo

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 1 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story BV $21,972,000 -55.7% 4,157 – $5,286 $477,273,354 $200 4
2 17 Hidden Figures Fox $21,800,000 +2,440.1% 2,471 +2,446 $8,822 $24,754,178 $25 3
3 2 Sing Uni. $19,573,670 -54.4% 3,955 -74 $4,949 $213,373,315 $75 3
4 N Underworld: Blood Wars SGem $13,100,000 – 3,070 – $4,267 $13,100,000 $35 1
5 7 La La Land LG/S $10,000,000 +4.7% 1,515 +765 $6,601 $51,656,587 $30 5
6 3 Passengers (2016) Sony $8,800,000 -45.5% 3,400 -78 $2,588 $80,893,043 $110 3
7 5 Why Him? Fox $6,500,000 -35.3% 2,904 -104 $2,238 $48,559,553 $38 3
8 4 Moana BV $6,413,000 -41.6% 2,549 -226 $2,516 $225,394,182 – 7
9 6 Fences Par. $4,700,000 -53.2% 2,368 +67 $1,985 $40,663,264 $24 4
10 8 Assassin’s Creed Fox $3,800,000 -56.2% 2,642 -354 $1,438 $49,505,783 $125 3
11 9 Manchester by the Sea RAtt. $2,473,985 -41.7% 1,054 -152 $2,347 $33,814,342 – 8
12 13 Lion Wein. $2,021,000 -11.1% 600 +75 $3,368 $9,813,719 – 7
13 47 A Monster Calls Focus $2,019,350 +9,485.4% 1,523 +1,519 $1,326 $2,110,842 – 3
14 11 Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them WB $1,925,000 -53.2% 1,188 -654 $1,620 $229,181,573 $180 8
15 10 Collateral Beauty WB (NL) $1,340,000 -67.8% 1,402 -1,343 $956 $29,895,265 $36 4
16 15 Jackie FoxS $1,000,000 -35.7% 353 -6 $2,833 $9,196,551 – 6
17 16 Arrival Par. $815,000 -40.0% 381 -164 $2,139 $94,077,522 $47 9
18 12 Office Christmas Party Par. $790,000 -78.0% 953 -1,394 $829 $54,052,351 $45 5
19 30 Silence (2016) Par. $480,000 +476.2% 51 +47 $9,412 $862,423 – 3
20 18 Trolls Fox $430,000 -35.8% 332 -86 $1,295 $151,277,527 $125 10