‘Assassin’s Creed’ Bombs Wednesday, ‘Rogue One’ Holds Tight

By December 22, 2016

If Wednesday’s box office numbers are any indication, Rogue One will easily retain the top film spot in the nation once the Christmas weekend is over.

The Star Wars anthology film earned $15 million on Wednesday, according to The Numbers, bringing its six-day total to $205.2 million. While that is less than half of what Star Wars: The Force Awakens did on its first Wednesday a year ago, Rogue One did more than enough to stave off early competition from the likes of Assassin’s Creed and Passengers.

Yet, it weren’t even those two geek films that gave Rogue One a run for its money. Instead that was Sing, with Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, which debuted in second place Wednesday with a touch over $11 million.

Assassin’s Creed from Twentieth Century Fox boasted what it hoped would be a massive videogame tie-in, while Passengers from Sony Pictures had the star power of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Yet both failed miserably with critics, and apparently audiences as well. Assassin’s Creed was a distant third with $4.6 million, while Passengers took a seat at No. 4 with $4.1 million.

Rogue One continues to not only remain the best in the current field, but also proving it’s no Force Awakens. On the Wednesday start of the holiday season last year, the J.J. Abrams-directed film grabbed $38 million, and received no competition from any other film, including second-place Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, which earned $3.4 million for Fox.

By this point, Force Awakens already crossed the $360 million mark – a milestone that seems lightyears away for Rogue One at this point.

Yet, Lucasfilm and Disney have no issues with that news, because they never expected the film to have any comparable box office to Force Awakens.

Rogue One is still lagging a bit in international box office, scaring up $182.9 million, primarily from the United Kingdom when looking at countries reporting specific numbers. That brings its global cume to $388.1 million after six days, ranking it No. 17 for the year, and could easily replace Warcraft at No. 14 as the weekend is coming to a close.

Domestically, Rouge One is ranked No. 11, trailing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by less than $5 million.

It’s expected to displace Doctor Strange at No. 9 after this weekend, and challenge Suicide Squad with its $325.1 million at No. 8 next.

The biggest obstacle to Rogue One moving further up the list is time, as the year’s almost over. But there are likely at least a few people at Disney eyeing that No. 5 slot currently held by Deadpool, with $363.1 million. However, the chances of that are unlikely, as it will instead finish the year below $300 million and hold No. 9.

Another Disney film, Moana, remains in the top five after Wednesday with $2.1 million, bringing its 29-day total to $170.5 million.

While it’s probably safe to expect that at least Rogue One will hold on to No. 1 through the next weekend, how the rest of the new films file behind it could still be a question only moviegoers can answer as they buy tickets just in time for Christmas.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.