Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Dominates the Box Office with $290.5 million Worldwide
It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, but Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ruled the weekend box office earning an estimated $155 million. That’s the fourth largest December three-day weekend ever, the third largest opening of 2016, and second December opener to debut over $100 million. The other film to do that was Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’ll be interesting to see how the film does over the month as it’s going against some other high-profile openings and Oscar bait. It received an “A” CinemaScore, but was pretty male with 66% of the audience. 38% were under the age of 25. So far the film has an 84% on RottenTomatoes.
Internationally the film earned an estimated $135.5 million which brings its worldwide total to $290.5 million. These numbers will probably shift a little once the official tallies come in.
In second place was Moana giving Disney a one-two punch. That film added $11.7 million to its domestic total bringing it to $161.9 million. In third was Office Christmas Party which added $8.5 million to its domestic total to bring that to $31.5 million after two weeks.
In fourth place was Collateral Beauty which earned a disappointing $7 million. With a budget of $36 million that isn’t a disaster, but it shows how far Will Smith’s star power has dropped. It’ll be a tough road for the film as the audience that would go for it will mostly be focusing on the slate of Oscar films opening up over the month.
Rounding out the top five was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which added $5 million to its total to bring its domestic earnings to $207.7 million.
Speaking of Oscar films… Fences opened up in 4 theaters earning $128,000 giving it the second best per-theater average for the weekend.
When it comes to comic adaptations, Doctor Strange added $2 million to its domestic total bringing it to $226.1 million and worldwide it sits at $652.9 million.
This weekend sees a whole bunch of films opening (or going wider) including Passengers, Assassin’s Creed, Why Him?, Sing, and the previously mentioned Fences.
We’ll be back in an hour where we’ll dive into the 2016 comic adaptations even deeper.