Rogue One crosses the $500 million mark, Sing opens in second
While the world awaits more Carrie Fisher updates following her heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday (her mom, Debbie Reynolds, says she is in stable condition), The Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm‘s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story continues to dominate the box office and has crossed the $500 million mark worldwide after just 12 days of release. Over the four-day holiday weekend, Rogue One added $96.1 million domestically, and the film also added $47.1 million over the three-day weekend overseas. This means the film, which cost $200 million, has now earned $286.4 million in North America and $237.4 million internationally, for a global total of $523.8 million.
This weekend was a rare configuration in that Christmas Eve fell on the Saturday, a day when many theaters are traditionally closed across Europe and Latin America, while Christmas Day fell on the Sunday, when many theaters across the UK are closed. Rogue One remained #1 for a second consecutive weekend in the UK, France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Czech Rep, Austria, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and India (western) despite many new entrants.
Directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, and Forest Whitaker.
Opening in second place, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures’ Sing earned $76.7 million in six days since opening on Wednesday. The total includes a four-day domestic weekend estimate of $56.1 million. The animated film has earned $54 million internationally and the worldwide sum is at $130.7 million. Receiving an A CinemaScore, Sing features the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly. The movie, which cost about $75 million to make, was directed by Garth Jennings.
Like Sing, Sony Pictures’ Passengers also opened on Wednesday but is projected to have earned only $30.4 million after six days in third place. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, and Michael Sheen, the Morten Tyldum-directed film brought in $23.1 million over the four days. It cost $110 million to produce and received a B CinemaScore from audiences.
20th Century Fox owned the next two spots, with the comedy Why Him? earning $16.7 million in fourth for the four days (it opened Friday). Made for just $38 million and starring James Franco, Bryan Cranston and Zoey Deutch, Why Him? received a B+ CinemaScore. The studio’s video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, brought in $15 million over the four days in fifth place. Assassin’s Creed has earned $22.5 million since opening on Wednesday. It cost $125 million to make and received a B+ CinemaScore.
Denzel Washington’s Fences (Paramount) earned $11.4 million for the four-day holiday in the sixth spot. The film, starring Washington and Viola Davis, has grossed $11.6 million and cost just $24 million to make.
Disney’s Moana added $10.4 million over the four days domestically in seventh place and another $14.9 million internationally this weekend. The animated film has earned $180.5 million in North America and $144.5 million overseas, for a total of $325 million worldwide. Moana was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements. The film features the voices of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Jemaine Clement, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, and Alan Tudyk.
In eighth, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land (Lionsgate) continues to do well with $9.7 million earned over the four days and a total of $17.6 million. La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, was made for just $30 million.
Also, Universal and Legendary’s The Great Wall has already grossed $120.1 million in China. It doesn’t open in North America until February 17, 2017. Directed by Zhang Yimou, the action adventure stars Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Kenny Lin, Wang Junkai, Zheng Kai, Cheney Chen, Huang Xuan, and Andy Lau.[Gallery not found]