'Rogue One' Box Office Nears $350M in U.S.; 'Sing' Croons Loudly on Tuesday

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'Sing' and 'Passengers' hold at No. 2 and No. 3, while 'Hidden Figures' continues to impress in limited debut.

Lucasfilm's and Disney's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story continues to rule the year-end holidays, earning an estimated $22.5 million Tuesday from 4,157 theaters as the stand-alone prequel prepares to cross the $350 million mark at the North American box office Wednesday.

And by the end of New Year's weekend, the stand-alone Star Wars prequel should clear $400 million domestically, a feat accomplished by only two other 2016 releases, Disney/Pixar's Finding Dory ($486.3 million) and Disney/Marvel's Captain America: Civil War ($408.1 million). Rogue One finished Tuesday with  $340.6 million domestically and $615.9 million globally.

The stretch between Christmas Day and New Year's weekend can be the most lucrative corridor at the box office with many kids out of school and many adults off from work.

Illumination's and Universal's new animated holiday offering Sing is the other big player after Rogue One and will croon past the $100 million threshold today after debuting Dec. 21. The music-themed animated film, easily holding at No. 2, took in $17.4 million Tuesday from 4,022 theaters for a total $93 million.

Morten Tyldum's Passengers, the sci-fi space romance starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, continues to come in at No. 3, grossing an estimated $6 million Tuesday for a domestic total of roughly $36 million. The Sony movie got off to a soft start but hopes to make up ground this week after seeing a big jump from Saturday to Christmas Day.

In another win for Disney, Thanksgiving animated film Moana jumped Dec. 21 entries Why Him? and Assassin's Creed on Tuesday with an estimated $4 million from 2,687 theaters and putting the movie's domestic total at $189 million. The movie's staying power, along with Sing, underscores the strength family titles have enjoyed this year.

The troubled big-budget video game adaptation Assassin's Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, narrowly beat R-rated comedy Why Him? to come in the No. 5 spot with $3.5 million for a total $25.3 million. Assassin's Creed is proving to be a major disappointment, considering its $125 million budget. New Regency financed the film, with Fox handling distribution duties.

From Fox proper, Why Him?, starring Bryan Cranston and James Franco, placed No. 6 with $3.4 million for a total $19 million. The comedy opened Dec. 23.

Denzel Washington's Broadway play adaptation Fences, expanding nationwide Christmas Day, placed No. 6 with an estimated $3.1 million from 2,233 theaters for a three-day total of $14.9 million.

Fences, from Paramount, placed No. 7, followed by fellow awards contender, La La Land. The musical, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, expanded Christmas Day into a total of 724 theaters. La La Land grossed an estimated $2.6 million Tuesday for a total $19.7 million.

Among other award contenders making a play over the year-end holidays, Fox 2000's and Chernin Entertainment's Hidden Figures continues to impress after opening in 25 theaters Christmas Day. The historical drama earned an estimated $212,319 Tuesday for a per-theater average of $8,493— the best of any film. It also crossed the $1 million mark to end the day with a total $1.1 million.

Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae as NASA mathematicians who helped launch men into space, opened in 15 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston — home of NASA's Johnson Space Center — and Hampton, Va., where the movie is set.

Peter Berg's and Mark Wahlberg's Boston Marathon bombing drama Patriots Day — which opened Dec. 23 in seven theaters in Boston, Los Angeles and New York — grossed another $49,946 Tuesday for a location average of $7,135 and total $382,418.

Martin Scorsese's Silence, bowing in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 23, grossed an estimated $22,306 Tuesday for a location average of $5,577 and total $185,924. Paramount, Scorsese's home studio, is releasing the film, starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson.

Ben Affleck's Live by Night, a late awards entry, is faring poorly so far in comparison to his other directorial outings. The movie, opening Christmas Day in Los Angeles and New York, earned $8,369 Tuesday for a location average of $2,091 and total $57,000.