'Rogue One' Blows Out All Challengers But 'Sing' on Long Christmas Weekend

'Rogue One' Blows Out All Challengers But 'Sing' on Long Christmas Weekend

By Robert Dougherty Dec 26, 2016 09:32 PM

As The Force Awakens did last year, Rogue One made Star Wars reign supreme this Christmas in theaters. Nonetheless, it wasn't at the same record setting pace, although Sing was the only other film to slightly keep pace of Rogue One while Passengers, Assassin's Creed and Why Him? fought for leftovers.

This qualified as a six-day extended box office weekend, in which Rogue One made an estimated $120+ million over six days, and $96 million over the last four days. It put Rogue One at over $318 million over its first 11 days, making it the ninth and perhaps last film of 2016 to cross the $300 million domestic mark.

Sing started its efforts to reach some milestones with $76.6 million in its first six days of release, as $56 million of it came in the last four days. It far outgrossed the two live action movies that opened on Dec. 21, with Passengers and Assassin's Creed both performing below expectations in reviews and in box office.

Passengers only got to $23.1 million in the last four days, and to $30.4 million in its first six days. Despite opening below Sony's best hopes and below the usual standards of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, it still opened better than Assassin's Creed, as Lawrence's X-Men co-star Michael Fassbender only got that film up to $22.4 million in six days and $15 million in the four-day weekend.

In between them was Why Him? opening in fourth place with $16.7 million in its opening four days. While that film opened on Dec. 23, Fences and La La Land expanded on Christmas Day and still did enough to surge into the bottom half of the top 10. Fences was projected for an $11.3 million sixth place finish in its first two days of wide release, all as La La Land branched into 734 theaters for a $9.7 million eighth place finish.

This order may hold up into the New Year, as Rogue One has one more holiday weekend to dominate the market, Sing looks to keep its new hold on the family demographic, Passengers and Assassin's Creed try to salvage disappointing starts, and the likes of Fences and La La Land try to expand in an even bigger race.

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