Rogue One fights off holiday competition to hold onto number one spot!
The last weekend of the year saw a few major film releases racing at the box office for the holiday weekend. With all the competition in sight, Rogue One continued to hold onto the number one slot by a landslide. Animated comedy Sing, sci-fi flick Passengers, video game movie Assassin’s Creed, and raunch-com Why Him all bowed to solid numbers, filling out the top five.
1st place belongs to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Bringing in $64 million, the mega hit has now made a total of $286 million in just two weeks. Judging by last year’s Star Wars installment The Force Awakens, which became the number one movie money maker of all time, Rogue One is on a fast track to be in the box office hall of fame. Disney took a risk by telling a side story, but one that has paid off proving Star Wars fans can’t get enough of the series. Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, and Forrest Whitaker, Rogue One follows a group of rebels who plan to steal the plans to the Death Star, taking place right before Episode IV: A New Hope.
2nd place is Sing. Universal’s animated musical-comedy debuted with a $55.9 million opening. The family friendly film was the perfect choice for the Holiday weekend, playing in standard and 3-D. Featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, and Seth MacFarlane, the film follows a group of animals competing in a signing competition like The Voice meets American Idol. The soundtrack features iconic pop songs from big names like Aerosmith, Elton John, and Nicki Minaj.
3rd place is Passengers with $22 million. The action thriller set in space stars A-listers Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as passengers in space who wake up 90 years too early. Part romance, part sci-fi thriller, the pair fall in love while dealing with a major malfunction on their ship. The film received mixed reviews but with two mega stars and a big budget premise the movie opened to impressive numbers.
4th place is Assassin’s Creed with $17.7 million. The film is based on the popular video game of the same name. Michael Fassbender stars as a man who travels back to the 15th century to unlock memories that belong to his ancestors. He discovers that he comes from a long line of a secret assassin’s society. A high action thriller that brings the video game that inspired it to life, the movie satisfied fans of the game and action-adventure audiences alike. Marion Cotillard costars.
5th place is Why Him with $11 million. The comedy stars James Franco as a Silicon Valley billionaire who proposes to his girlfriend (Deutch). She comes from conservative parents (Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston and Will & Grace’s Megan Mullally) who don’t take well to his foul mouthed, tattooed, binge drinking ways, causing for a raunchy version of Meet the Parents. Both Why Him and Office Christmas Party have served as this year’s serving of adult R-rated comedies.
Rounding out the top then are: in 6th place is Disney’s Moana with $7.4 million, in 7th place is Fences (Denzel Washington, Viola Davis) with $6.6 million , in 8th place is La La Land (Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone) with $5.7 million, in 9th place is Office Christmas Party (Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman) with $5.1 million , in 10th place is Collateral Beauty (Will Smith, Helen Mirren) with $4.2 million.
Those are the results of this year’s holiday weekend. What was your favorite movie you saw? Tell us in the comments below!