‘Rogue One’ Now Biggest Movie Of 2016

By January 14, 2017

We finally have a box office winner for 2016. And yes, it’s a Star Wars movie.

Rogue One earned just $3.2 million Friday, enough for fifth place in early estimates provided by The Numbers, bringing its 29-day total to $488.3 million.

That was enough to put it over Pixar’s Finding Dory, which earned $486.3 million domestically.

The final rankings also mean the Walt Disney Co. own four of the top five slots. Captain America: Civil War, from Disney’s Marvel division, finished third with $408.1 million, while The Jungle Book earned $364 million to finish in fifth.

The only non-Disney film in the mix was The Secret Life of Pets from Universal Studios, which earned $368.4 million, enough for fourth place.

While this is a tremendous milestone for Rogue One (and now creating a streak of Star Wars topping the yearly box office after Star Wars: The Force Awakens took No. 1 in 2015), it looks like the film is now on the downside of its run.

Hidden Figures edged out The Bye Bye Man for Friday’s crown with $5.5 million. Patriots Day expanded wide to take third on Friday with $4.1 million, virtually tied with the Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone musical La La Land.

Rogue One still hasn’t done gangbusters internationally. It’s earned $450.1 million overseas, well behind Finding Dory‘s $536.3 million and Civil War‘s $743.6 million.

Hidden Figures, which stars Taraji P. Henson as a mathematician fighting her way through NASA during the Apollo era, narrowly beat Rogue One as the top movie last weekend, stopping the Star Wars’ film streak at three.

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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.
  • John Ikarus

    This is what the prequels should have been.
    Death to Jar Jar Binks!
    Death To young Anikan and Jake Lloyd!