Rogue One will continue its winning streak, having already grossed $600 million worldwide in hyper speed!
Rogue One has soared well above every other film in its sight the last two weeks, and none can come close! It’s the end of 2016, and many smaller indie releases like La La Land and Manchester by the Sea are expanding to more theatres after the holiday weekend. Big awards-worthy films like Hidden Figures (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer) and A Monster Calls (Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson) are playing in very limited release and open wide next weekend, January 6th. For this weekend, it’s nearly identical to last, with Rogue One expected to stay comfortably in the number one slot, shattering box office records in a galaxy far, far away.
1st place will be Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The latest chapter in the iconic series has already made $340 million domestically, and a super galactic $600 million globally, all in under three weeks. Last week Rogue One took in $96 million, a heavy jump from number two film Sing which brought in $54 million. Needless to say, nothing can stop the force from keeping Rogue One well above any other film this weekend. Rogue One is Disney’s first side story, one that follows a group of rebels who come together to steal the Death Star plans from Darth Vader. Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, and Forrest Whitaker, the story takes place right before Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, and Han Solo meet in Episode IV: A New Hope.
2nd place will be Sing. Universal’s musical comedy has made $93 million in less than two weeks. The animated hit features a comedic group of animals who compete in a singing competition. The film is accompanied by a hit soundtrack featuring recognizable pop hits from artists like Aerosmith, Elton John, Nicki Minaj, and Lady Gaga. Featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, and Seth MacFarlane, the film caters to kids and families alike, while also playing in Standard and 3-D.
3rd place will be Passengers. So far the action packed thriller has brought in $40 million. The latest sci-fi flick stars superstars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt who play passengers who wake up 90 years earlier than expected. They fall in love while dealing with a major malfunction on their ship. The film was made with a mega budget of $110 million but has received mixed reviews.
4th place will be Assassin’s Creed. Based on the popular video game, the thriller has brought in $26 million in less than two weeks. Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in the adaptation which follows Callum Lynch (Fassbender) who travels back to the 15th century to unlock memories from his ancestors. It is revealed that he comes from a long line of secret assassins. Like many video game movies before it, Assassin’s Creed has received generally poor reviews but that shouldn’t stop fans of the action packed game from filling up seats this weekend.
5th place will be Disney’s Moana. Already a big blockbuster with $190 million grossed to date, the animated adventure bounced out of the top five last week due to a few major new releases but should find its way back this weekend. Its main competition is Why Him, which opened with a good $14 million last weekend, but since its opening it has dropped drastically in numbers, while Moana’s have stayed strong. It’s the battle of the R-rated raunchy comedy vs. the family friendly holiday movie, and the race is going to be very close. Moana features the voice of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and new original music from Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Rounding out the top ten should find: James Franco adult comedy Why Him in 6th place, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis drama Fences in 7th place, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone musical La La Land in 8th place, Jennifer Aniston adult comedy Office Christmas Party in 9th place, and Will Smith’s drama Collateral Beauty in 10th place.
Those are our box office predictions for the weekend. What are you most excited to see? Tell us in the comments below!