Rogue One has maintained its place as the No. 1 film in North America for the third week in a row, but you can’t call it an easy win.
The Star Wars anthology film earned $49.5 million over the weekend, according to The Numbers, once again just edging out the animated musical Sing, which earned $41.5 million.
That brings the 17-day total of Rogue One to $424.9 million, and firmly planting the movie in second place for the year. Of course, it still has a chance to reach No. 1 if it can continue a little momentum going into January.
In a weekend where studios had no wide new releases, the overall top five remained the same, according to the preliminary numbers (which were delayed a bit because of the holiday). The Disney film Moana jumped up to third place with $11 million, while both Why Him and the Denzel Washington drama Fences tied at $10 million.
The top five films earned $122 million, which is down significantly from a year ago when the top five hauled in $160 million, led by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which nabbed $90.2 million in its third week of release. Daddy’s Home had stayed in second that week, pulling in $29.2 million, while the weekend’s only new film – Anomalisa – earned just $135,000 in limited release.
The only new film to report numbers so far for this past weekend was Paterson starring Force Awakens‘ Adam Driver as well as Goldshifteh Farahani. It grossed $70,000 on just four screens.
Next weekend will be a bit busier for the box office, at least when it comes to some fresh choices. Underworld: Blood Wars starring Kate Beckinsale opens from Sony Pictures. The last film in the franchise, Underworld: Awakening, opened with $25.3 million in 2012, on its way to a $62.3 million domestic gross.
Also expanding to a wide release is a potential Oscar nominee, Hidden Figures, which focuses on African-American mathematicians trying to find a place in a white male dominated NASA of the 1960s. That film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae.
That film hit a little bit of controversy over the weekend when the singer Kim Burrell, who sings the movie’s title song, “I See a Victory” with Pharrell Williams, reportedly blasted the gay community after giving a sermon talking about the “perverted homosexual spirit.” Williams, as well as two of Hidden Figures‘ three stars, publicly condemned Burrell’s comments.
Although box office numbers are still trickling in, Hidden Figures did have the biggest weekend in terms of box office per screen. The film earned $32,600 per screen, picking up $815,000 for the weekend and bringing its limited release box office total so far to $2.3 million.
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