It really was neck-a-neck and for a couple hours estimates had Rogue One finishing the weekend in 1st, but ultimately Hidden Figures took the lead.
Hidden Figures opened in 25 theaters on December 25th and in 12 days made almost $3 million at the box office. On Friday the biographical drama expanded to 2446 more theaters to deliver a bigger than expected $22.8 million over the weekend. Initial estimates had Hidden Figures at $21.8 million, a number that would have landed the film in 2nd. But then Sunday ended up stronger and so Rogue One got pushed to 2nd instead. Already at $25.8 million, Hidden Figures looks likely to finish its domestic run somewhere between $60 to $100 million. With a $25 million reported budget I think it’s safe to say Hidden Figures is a hit for Fox, a very welcomed one after some not so great results over the holidays (looking at you Assassin’s Creed).
Rogue One made $22.1 million in 2nd, down 55.5%. Last week on Wednesday, its 20th day in release, Rogue One cleared $450 million. Only three other movies made it there faster. After 24 days the Star Wars prequel has amassed an incredible $477.4 million in the US, meaning sometime this week Rogue One will overtake Finding Dory ($486.3 million) to become 2016’s highest grossing movie. After the way Rogue One performed over the holidays, $500 million domestically was going to be the absolute minimum, so no surprises there. But how much higher can it go? Right now Rogue One ranks 8th on the all-time US chart and realistically it could go as high as 6th, where The Dark Knight ($534.9 million) currently resides. At the same time Rogue One could also fall just short of that film.
Sing was once again close to the top, but still not close enough with $20.7 million in 3rd. On the bright side it looks like Sing has at least one record in the bag, highest grossing movie that never made it to number 1. The animation made $214.5 million in 19 days and the record I’m talking about belongs to My Big Fat Greek Wedding with $241.4 million. Sing will easily finish north of $250 million domestically, which is why I said it already has that specific record in the bag. Oh and it’s also all but guaranteed to take 10th place among 2016’s top films. Sorry Moana, it was a good fight and 11th is good too.
Underworld: Blood Wars opened to a new low for the series, $13.7 million in 4th. The 5th installment is the first one to start below $20 million. Probably not what Sony were looking for when they green lit Blood Wars. At the same time this did cost half as much as 2012’s Awakening ($35 million versus $70 million), the previous installment. So maybe it’s not all bad. I think $30-35 million is the ceiling for Underworld: Blood Wars in the US and with those numbers this will probably be the last one.
La La Land doubled its theater count and moved up to 5th with $10.1 million. The 7 time Golden Globe winner already has $51.8 million domestically and yet it seems like it’s just getting started. The next couple of weeks should be pretty interesting for La La Land, probably enough to get it past $100 million in the US.