NOTE: The weekend totals are the estimates for the December 30 - January 1 weekend. The domestic totals are the 4-day estimates through January 2
With no new wide releases opening over the New Year weekend, holdovers reigned supreme at the box office.
Coming in first once again is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which made $49.5 million in its third weekend. The spinoff continues to demonstrate strong legs and is now up to $439.7 million domestically in just 18 days, passing Captain America: Civil War on the 2016 charts in the U.S. It is now just $46.5 million behind Finding Dory for the top spot of the year, and it should surpass Pixar's latest blockbuster in the very near future.
Repeating in second is Sing with $42.8 million. The latest from Illumination Entertainment continues to enjoy its monopoly of the family film demographic and has taken advantage of the limited competition. It now stands at $180 million domestically and $277.8 million worldwide, already turning a healthy profit for Universal. The production budget was just $75 million, so the studio made a very smart investment.
Coming in third is the sci-fi romance drama Passengers, which actually saw a small 7.3 percent increase from its opening weekend. The film brought in $16.1 million, raising its domestic total to just $66 million Stateside. It still has a long way to go to make back its $110 million production costs, and Sony may have to end up writing this one off when it's all said and done. Passengers is fairly high on the weekend charts, but its numbers aren't anything to write home about due to poor critical reception and limited viewer interest.
The #4 film is Moana, which grossed $10.9 million in its sixth weekend. Though Disney Animation's newest hit had to contend with Sing, it was still able to draw in sizable crowds and appeal to families over the holidays. It is now up to $213.3 million domestically and a highly impressive $402.4 million worldwide. Moana is Disney's seventh release of 2016 to cross the $200 million plateau in the States.
Rounding out the top five is Why Him? with $10.6 million in its second weekend. The R-rated comedy demonstrated strong legs, falling just 3.7 percent from its debut. It's now up to $37.5 million domestically and has received a nice boost from the international markets. The global total is $51.9 million.
Coming in sixth is Fences with $10 million. Denzel Washington's Oscar contender has now grossed $32.4 million during its domestic run.
Indie darling La La Land continues to perform well at the box office, bringing in $9.5 million over the weekend to come in seventh. The awards frontrunner has now made $37 million in the U.S., and thanks to its $64.8 million worldwide haul, has turned a small profit for Lionsgate/Summit. A wider expansion is planned for January 6, so it should keep posting healthy numbers as Oscar season revs up.
Falling to eighth is Assassin's Creed, which managed just $8.6 million in its second weekend. The panned video game adaptation has now made $41.9 million domestically and only $86 million worldwide.
Drama Manchester by the Sea comes in ninth with $4.2 million. The film has now made $29.6 million Stateside.
Capping off the top ten is Collateral Beauty. Will Smith's latest film is now up to $26.9 million domestically after making $4.1 million in its third weekend.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates -- based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Tuesday, January 3 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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