Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas Weekend Box-Office: ROGUE ONE Still Strong While ASSASSIN'S CREED and PASSENGERS Disappoint


"Rogue One" is still the leading film at the box-office over the holiday weekend, holding back no less than four new wide releases, of which only the animated musical film "Sing" managed to score decent numbers, while "Passengers", "Why Him?" and "Assassin's Creed" struggled.

Find out more about the weekend box office after the jump.

Lucasfilm and Disney's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" dropped 58.5% from its colossal opening weekend and scored another $64.3 million over the three-day timeframe, and $96.1 million for the entire Christmas weekend, Friday through Monday. The film has now crossed the $300 million mark domestically and the $200 million milestone overseas for a grand total of $555 million worldwide.

The first of the new wide releases, Universal and Illumation's animated film "Sing" placed second with $35.2 million over the weekend, and $76.7 million in the six days since its release on December 21st. The film also grossed $27 million internationally from 50 markets. "Sing" scored an "A" on CinemaScore and a 72% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In third place, we have another new arrival, the romantic sci-fi adventure film Passengers" starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. The film barely delivered on initial expectations with $14.8 million in three days and $30.4 million for the six-day opening timeframe. This isn't a spectacular start for a film that cost $110 million to produce, but Sony is still hopeful for the film, especially considering that it hasn't yet opened internationally. "Passengers" received a "B" from moviegoers, according to CinemaScore, and reviews have been generally negative, with a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The R-rated comedy "Why Him?" placed fourth, grossing $11 million over the weekend and $16.7 million over the long holiday weekend, from 2,917 theaters. It's not great, but it's not bad either, and the film has a reported budget of only $38 million, so it still has a chance to break even. "Why Him?" received a decent "B+" on CinemaScore, and a mixed to negative response from critics which translated into a 41% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Perhaps the biggest failure of the Christmas weekend was that of "Assassin's Creed". The video game adaptation rounds up the Top 5 with a weak $10.2 three-day tally and $22.5 million in the six days since its release. Even though it only opened in 2,970, as opposed to larger wide releases like "Rogue One"s 4,157 theaters, it's still bad enough to qualify as a failure since it cost $125 million to produce, making this one a comparable flop to this year's "Ben-Hur".  Even overseas, the film only managed to take in $14.2 million. While its CinemaScore is an acceptable "B+", the critical reception was harsh, garnering a 19% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

In other box-office news, "Fences" and "La La Land" expanded further and placed seventh and eighth with 6.6 million and $5.7 million weekends, respectively.

New Wide Releases: "Assassin's Creed", "Passengers", "Sing", "Why Him?"

Biggest Drop : "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (-58.5%)

Smallest Drop : "Collateral Beauty" (-39.8%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story $64.3M $318M $237.4M $200M
2 Sing $35.2M $76.6M $27M $75M
3 Passengers $14.8M $30.4M N/A $110M
4 Why Him? $11M $16.7M $2.1M $38M
5 Assassin's Creed $10.2M $22.4M $14.2M $125M
6 Moana $7.4M $183.4M $144.5M $150M
7 Fences $6.6M $11.5M N/A $24M
8 La La Land $5.7M $17.5M $17.7M $30M
9 Office Christmas Party $5.1M $44.2M $36.9M $45M
10 Collateral Beauty $4.2M $18M $11.5M $36M


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