Box Office Report :: December 30 – January 2

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Rogue One rang in the new year at the top of the charts for the third week in a row with a four-day total of $65.2 million (many had Monday off to make up for New Year’s Day falling on Sunday). With its domestic total climbing to nearly $441 million, it now ranks as the 13th largest domestic release of all-time. Internationally, the film has earned $361 million for a global total of nearly $802 million. It also capped off 2016, which goes into the history books as the largest year at the domestic box office with 725 films earning more than $11.3 billion, with Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory in the Number 1 spot for the year with $486.2 million.

Universal’s Sing has turned into another animated smash for the studio (and production company Illumination) with a four-day total of $57.2 million, up 62.5% from the Christmas/Hanukkah weekend. Its two week domestic total stands at $180.8 million against a $75 million budget. Foreign markets have brought in an additional $103.7 million for a worldwide total of $284.5 million.

After a miserable debut and even more miserable reviews, Sony’s Passengers may end up costing the studio even more than Ghostbusters did. After two weeks, the film has earned $66.1 million on a $110 million budget. International box office tallies are helping, with the film earning an additional $56.7 million for a worldwide $122.9 million total. The film still has an uphill climb, especially now with the holidays passed, to turn a profit for the studio.

The rest of the Top Ten fared well over the New Year weekend with every film seeing a boost anywhere from 2% (Rogue One) to 119% (La La Land), which rose one space to Number 7 with $12.5 million. The film also added 16 screens (750 total) and has the largest per screen average at $16,786, surpassing Rogue One by $1,000 and Sing by almost $2,000. The real per screen average champ, however, is Hidden Figures which added no new screens but rose 131% with a $47,667 per screen average, good for Number 17 and $1.2 million. The film will open wide January 6.

With Christmas a week past, Office Christmas Party saw a slight drop off of 11.5%, falling out of the Top Ten to Number 12 with $4.5 million. Almost Christmas saw a bigger drop of 36%, sliding six spots to Number 29. But the holiday themed Why Him? added 91 screens and saw a modest up-tick of 19%, good for fifth place with $13.1 million in its second week, just a hairsbreadth away from its $38 million budget with a domestic $37.6 million total. Worldwide, the film has earned $52.2 million.

Rogue One will likely retain its Number 1 status for another week or two as it faces another Underworld sequel, A Monster Calls and Hidden Figures. With the Golden Globes looming and Oscar nominations announced on January 24, the box office charts could see many of the smaller films released in 2016 getting some major boosts.

Below are the Top Ten actual numbers for the four day holiday weekend of December 30.

1. [1] Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $65,522,676 [$440,901,381] – ★★★

2. [2] Sing – $57,290,420 [$180,891,910] – ★★★

3. [3] Passengers – $21,074,190 [$66,177,803] – ★★✩

4. [6] Moana – $15,198,280 [$214,257,319] – ★★★

5. [4] Why Him? – $13,121,668 [$37,680,255] – ★★✩

6. [7] Fences – $13,111,773 [$32,813,917]

7. [8] La La Land – $12,576,343 [$37,291,542] – ★★★

8. [5] Assassin’s Creed – $11,365,875 [$42,409,393]

9. [12] Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – $5,612,945 [$225,627,739] – ★★✩

10. [13] Manchester by the Sea – $5,471,516 [$29,696,167] – ★★★

[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters.   HOTCHKA review  |  Source: Box Office Mojo

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