BOX OFFICE REPORT
January 6-8, 2017
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||$21.9 million|
|Hidden Figures||$21.8 million|
|Underworld: Blood Wars||$13.1 million|
|La La Land||$10.0 million|
In one of the closest weekends in a very long time, we won't truly know the No. 1 film of the weekend until final numbers are released Monday. But preliminary estimates show Rogue One in the top spot for the fourth straight weekend, as it inches closer to overtake Finding Dory as the biggest 2016 release.
But less than $200,000 separate it from Hidden Figures, the inspirational historic drama about the African-American women who helped John Glenn become the first man to circumnavigate the earth. The crowd-pleasing film is a late-surging awards contender. It would be especially impressive if it ends up at No. 1 since it's not even playing on 2,500 screens.
Sing was right behind at No. 3, and it's likely to overtake Moana as the fourth-biggest animated movie of 2016. Underworld: Blood Wars opened at No. 4 with $13.1 million. That's the weakest opening of any of the Underworld films. It's also the only one not to open in first or second place. La La Land kept moving its way up with its biggest weekend yet.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Patriots Day, Peter Berg's drama about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The Mark Wahlberg flick averaged $15,000 on each of its seven screens. It goes wide next weekend.
- A Monster Calls failed to lure an audience. The adaptation of the beloved novel only managed to make $2 million in its wide expansion.
- Martin Scorsese's Silence is failing to make noise so far. Now playing on 51 screens, it's doing better than some other independent films, but it's not making the huge impact such a long-gestating film from one of the greatest directors of all time should be. It expands wide next week, but it will be a tough sell to the average moviegoer.
Next week: Live by Night, Ben Affleck's 1930s gangster picture, goes wide along with Silence and Patriots Day. It will also have to contend with horror flick The Bye Bye Man and kids' sci-fi adventure Monster Trucks, as well as Jamie Foxx's kidnapping thriller Sleepless. That will cause a lot of gridlock, but my best guess is Patriots Day ekes out a No. 1 victory with $22 million.