Christmas Box Office: ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Sing’ Top, ‘Passengers’ Needs a Boost

Christmas Box Office: ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Sing’ Top, ‘Passengers’ Needs a Boost

Christmas Box Office: ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Sing’ Top, ‘Passengers’ Needs a Boost

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Several titles launched Christmas Day, others are expanding nationwide, including ‘La La Land,’ ‘Fences,’ ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Live by Night’ and ’20th Century Women.’

Lucasfilm and Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story grossed an estimated $15-M on Saturday from 4,157 theaters for an estimated 4-day Holiday take of $110-M+

Illumination and Universal’s animated holiday offering Sing is 2nd. The animated film is playing at 4,022 theaters for a projected 4-day weekend box office of $54-M.

The Family film opened Wednesday opposite Passengers and Assassin’s Creed, both are lagging.

Passengers projected 4-day take is $20-M. Sony (NYSE:SNE) had hoped for a $40-M start. Passengers cost $120-M to make after tax incentives and rebates.

Assassin’s Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, is in at #4, earned an estimated $2.2 Saturday from 2,970 locations for a projected 5-day weekend. New Regency financed the $125-M movie, which Fox (NASDAQ:FOX) is releasing.

Friday, Fox opened the R-rated comedy Why Him?, starring Bryan Cranston and James Franco. The movie, rounding out the Top 5 with a 4-day start of $14-M from 2,970 theaters.

Christmas Day Fences expands nationwide in 2,200 theaters, while a number of other awards contenders are opening in limited runs, including: Ben Affleck’s Live by Night, Hidden Figures, 20th Century Women and Toni Erdmann.

Indie box-office winner, La La Land has earned nearly $10-M to date from just 201 theaters. Sunday, Lionsgate’s (NYSE:LGF) musical, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling expanded total of 734 locations.

Award contenders that opened last week in select theaters include: Patriots Day, A Monster Calls, Martin Scorsese’s Silence, Julieta, and Paterson.

Other specialty films

Manchester by the Sea’s domestic box office total will grow to an estimated $20-M by the end of Monday, the film expanded nationwide earlier this month and is playing in 1,213 locations, while Jackie’s total will be projected $4-M, and is now in a total of 255 theaters.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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