Box Office: ‘Rogue One’ Kicks Off 2017 With $790 Million Worldwide
We’re not even a week into the new year, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story could become one of the highest-grossing films at the box office in 2017. For a third consecutive weekend, the movie held on to the No. 1 spot, earning $64.3 million over the New Year’s weekend to bring its North American total to $439.7 million and a worldwide gross of $789.7 million. With another week like that, Rogue One will become the only movie from 2016 to surpass $500 million domestically, adding to an already record-breaking year for Disney, which just became the first studio to cross $7 billion worldwide in a single year.
Coming in at No. 2 is a movie that would be an absolute juggernaut if it were up against anything else but Star Wars: Illumination Entertainment and Universal’s animated musical Sing earned $56.4 million to come in at No. 2. With a domestic total of $180 million in its second weekend, and a worldwide gross of $285 million so far, Sing has already delivered the best box office performance of all-time for an animated film opening in December.
Meanwhile, Star Wars wasn’t the only sci-fi film in contention, as Passengers came in at No. 3, despite iffy reviews and word-of-mouth for the movie (although audiences generally seem to be positive on the chemistry between Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt). The film earned $20.7 million to bring its domestic gross to $66 million so far, which wouldn’t sound so bad if the film didn’t cost over $110 million to make. The movie has already surpassed its budget thanks to the $66 million overseas gross, but it will need to make a whole hell of a lot more to cross the threshold into profitability.
On the subject of thresholds, Disney’s Moana surpassed $200 million in North America and $400 million worldwide, coming in at No. 4, while the R-rated Why Him? managed to close out 2016 as the only live-action comedy in the Top 5, earning $13 million. This was just enough to stay ahead of awards contenders Fences and La La Land, which earned $12.7 million and $12.3 million, respectively.
But how did the rest of the Top 10 do at the box office? Check out the full list below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 01/03/2016
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($64.3 million)
2. Sing ($56.4 million)
3. Passengers ($20.7 million)
4. Moana ($14.2 million)
5. Why Him? ($13 million)
6. Fences ($12.7 million)
7. La La Land ($12.3 million)
8. Assassin’s Creed ($10.8 million)
9. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them ($5.5 million)
10. Collateral Beauty ($5.3 million)
What, if anything, did you see at the theaters this weekend, and what do you want to see at the movies in the weeks to come? Sound off in the comments!
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