Weekend Box Office: Nothing New

2016 may not have delivered the number of amazing movies we’re used to seeing each year. However, box office-wise, it definitely went out on a high note – especially for Disney.

Owning two of the biggest “money tree” franchises out there (Marvel and ‘Star Wars’), it was a record year for the behemoth studio, which stuck the #1 spot at the box office for 19 of the year’s 52 weekend, including the final six consecutive weeks of the year. Along with three 2015 titles that held over, Disney’s 13 2016 theatrical releases drew more than $3 billion domestically, which set the bar to seemingly unmatchable heights. Who knows if 2017 will stack up, but it’ll be fun watching it try.

Without any new movies of note last week, there weren’t any surprises at the box office. ‘Rogue One‘ once again took the top spot. Over the three-day weekend it earned $49.5 million. That number grows to $64.3 million and over the four-day holiday weekend. The three-week-old picture now stands with a domestic total of $439.7 million. Produced on a budget of $200 million, it’s likely to make back its entire budget and marketing costs purely with domestic ticket sales. The $350 million from overseas to-date is likely to become pure profit. Worldwide, ‘Rogue One’ has now made $789.7 million.

Last week’s ‘Sing‘ remained in second place. Adding $42.8 million over the three-day weekend ($56.4 million over the four days), its domestic total is now up to $180 million. The film’s international total sits at $97.8 million, giving this kids’ movie a $277.8 million worldwide gross. Produced for $75 million, Universal’s partnership with Illumination continues to be very profitable.

After a poor debut last week, Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence’s romantic space adventure actually performed pretty well this outing. Retaining the #3 spot, ‘Passengers‘ made more this weekend than it did last weekend. Domestically, it pulled in $16.1 million ($20.7 million over the four-day weekend). Internationally, it’s now up to $60 million. Worldwide, its total rests at $126 million, which isn’t too hot for a movie that cost $110 million to make.

Moana‘ hopped back up into the Top 5. By grossing $10.9 million over the three-day weekend ($14.3 million over the four days), it climbed from #6 into the #4 spot. After six weeks, it has earned $213.3 million domestically and $189.1 million overseas, giving it a $402.4 million worldwide total.

Why Him?‘ dropped one rank in the charts. It opened at #4 last week and finished this week at the bottom of the Top 5. The movie made $10.6 million over the three-day weekend, and $13 million over the four days, causing its domestic total ($37.5 million) to nearly match its production budget ($38 million). ‘Why Him?’ has also claimed $14.3 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $51.9 million.

Awards contenders like ‘Fences’, ‘La La Land’, ‘Manchester by the Sea’, ‘Lion’, ‘Jackie’, ‘Hidden Figures’, ‘Patriots Day’, ’20th Century Women’, ‘Silence’ and ‘Paterson’ all also continue to perform well in the weeks prior to the announcement of Oscar nominations.

Three-Day Top 10:

1. ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ (Buena Vista) – $49,539,000

2. ‘Sing’ (Universal) – $42,820,000

3. ‘Passengers’ (Sony) – $16,150,000

4. ‘Moana’ (Buena Vista) – $10,974,000

5. ‘Why Him?’ (Fox) – $10,600,000

6. ‘Fences’ (Paramount) – $10,045,000

7. ‘La La Land’ (Lionsgate) – $9,530,000

8. ‘Assassin’s Creed’ (Fox) – $8,600,000

9. ‘Manchester by the Sea’ (Roadside) – $4,239,250

10. ‘Collateral Beauty’ (Warner Bros.) – $4,150,000

Four-Day Top 10:

1. ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ (Buena Vista) – $64,336,000

2. ‘Sing’ (Universal) – $56,400,000

3. ‘Passengers’ (Sony) – $20,700,000

4. ‘Moana’ (Buena Vista) – $14,301,000

5. ‘Why Him?’ (Fox) – $13,000,000

6. ‘Fences’ (Paramount) – $12,700,000

7. ‘La La Land’ (Lionsgate) – $12,330,000

8. ‘Assassin’s Creed’ (Fox) – $10,875,000

9. ‘Manchester by the Sea’ (Roadside) – $5,466,645

10. ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ (Warner Bros.) – $5,400,000

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