“Rogue One” Holds Strong; New Movies Flounder

It was a huge holiday weekend at the box office for one holdover, while three new releases didn’t really resonate with audiences. Here’s what went down:



Rogue One: A Star Wars Story held on to the top spot over the three-day weekend, bringing in an estimated $70 million. By the end of Boxing Day, the film will be sitting well past the $300 million range after just over a week in theaters. While it won’t reach the numbers we saw with The Force Awakens, Rogue One is still on its way to $400+ million gross.

Debuting in second place with $34.7 million was Sing. I thought that we would have seen a higher number for this one, seeing as its a new family friendly offering. However, Disney’s Moana is still playing strong, which could account for Sing‘s numbers being a little less than I predicted.

As for the rest of the top five, Passengers debut in third place with a very poor estimate of $13.4 million. Clearly, the star power of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt couldn’t overcome the terrible reviews the film received. The same can be said for Assassin’s Creed, which could only muster up $10.7 million in its debut weekend. Finally, the new James Franco film Why Him? was equally DOA, landing in fifth place with $10.9 million.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $98 million
2) Sing – $51 million
3) Passengers – $31 million
4) Assassin’s Creed – $20 million
5) Moana – $12 million

And here’s how the three-day weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $70 million
2) Sing – $34.7 million
3) Passengers – $13.4 million
4) Assassin’s Creed – $10.7 million
5) Why Him? – $10.9 million

Check back on Friday to see our predictions for the final weekend of 2016!


About Andy Burns

Andy Burns is the Interactive Content Editor for SiriusXM Canada, and has been the Editor-In-Chief of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop! since its inception in 2008. He is also a Staff Writer for Rue Morgue Magazine. Andy's book, Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks, was published in 2015 by ECW Press. His next book, on Stephen King's The Stand, will be published by Cemetery Dance in 2018.

Posted on December 25, 2016, in Andy Burns, Andy Burns/Andy B, box office predictions, General, movies and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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