Box Office: 'Rogue One' Stays No. 1 With $64.3M, Rings in New Year With Huge $790M Globally
'Sing' was the other big grosser over the year-end holidays with $180 million in North America.
And that's a wrap.
Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story easily stayed atop the box office for the third straight weekend with a four-day gross of $64.3 million from 4,157 theaters to finish the long New Year's weekend with a rousing domestic total of $439.7 million and global cume of $789.7 million through Monday.
In North America, that's the second-best showing of any 2016 release behind fellow Disney/Pixar pic Finding Dory ($486.3 million). Rogue One will soon pass even Dory, and become the only 2016 title to cross $500 million.
Illumination Entertainment and Universal's animated holiday offering Sing also continued to shine at No. 2, earning $56.4 million from 4,029 locations for the four days for a stellar domestic total of $180 million, the best showing of all time for a December animated release. Overseas, Sing passed the $100 million mark on Sunday for a global tally of $285 million through Monday.
Thanks in large part to Rogue One and Sing, the strength of the year-end slate propelled 2016 domestic box-office revenue to a record $11.4 billion, besting last year's high-water mark of $11.14 billion.
Sony's Passengers, the Morten Tyldum-helmed sci-fi space romance starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, remained parked at No. 3, grossing $20.7 milion from 3,478 theaters for a domestic total of $66 million. The movie will need to do brisk business abroad, considering it cost $110 million to $120 million to make after tax rebates and incentives. Passengers opened to $66 million overseas for a global bow of $126 million. It has yet to open in China.
In another win for Disney, Thanksgiving animated film Moana placed No. 4, crossing the $200 million mark domestically and the $400 million threshold worldwide.
The R-rated comedy Why Him? continued to move up the chart to end the holiday weekend at No. 5 with a four-day gross of roughly $13 million from 3,008 locations for a cume of $37.6 million. The Fox movie stars Bryan Cranston and James Franco.
Denzel Washington's Broadway play adaptation Fences, which expanded nationwide on Christmas Day into 2,301 theaters, came in No. 6 with $12.7 mllion.
The drama, from Paramount, finished the weekend with a domestic total of $32.4 million, a strong number for a stage adaptation and already all but matching previous big-screen versions of 2008's Doubt ($33 million) and 2004's Closer ($33 million) and besting the film version of 2008's Frost/Nixon ($18 million). Fences will soon pass 2013's August: Osage County ($37 million).
Lionsgate and Damien Chazelle's box-office darling La La Land placed No. 7 with $12.3 million for a domestic total of $37 million despite playing in only 750 theaters. On Friday, the Lionsgate film became the top-grossing limited release of 2016 domestically as it danced past CBS Films and Lionsgate's Hell or High Water ($27 million). Overseas, La La Land has earned a strong $27.8 million — including $17.7 million in South Korea — for a global bounty of $64.8 million.
The troubled big-budget video game adaptation Assassin's Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, fell to No. 8. The New Regency and Fox film posted a four-day New Year's weekend gross of $10.9 million from 2,996 theaters for a subdued cume of $41.9 million through Monday. Assassin's Creed is hoping for redemption overseas, where it has earned $44.1 million to date.
Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions Manchester by the Sea is another prestige pic and awards contender that's racked up strong numbers since debuting seven weeks ago. The movie, now playing nationwide in 1,206 locations, finished the weekend with a domestic total $29.7 million, likewise one of the strongest indie showings of 2016.
Among limited offerings, holiday entries Hidden Figures, Patriots Day and 20th Century Women impressed in particular.
Hidden Figures, which opened in 25 theaters on Christmas Day, earned $1.1 million over New Year's frame for a location average of $45,800 — the best of the weekend — and an early domestic total of $2.5 million. Hidden Figures expands nationwide Friday.
Late-entry 20th Century Women, from director Mike Mills, followed in terms of location average with $36,546. The movie, from A24 and Annapurna Pictures, is playing in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Silence, Patriots Day and Paterson posted location averages of $27,500 (four theaters), $28,571 (seven theaters) and $22,042 (four theaters), respectively, while Ben Affleck's Live by Night and A Monster Calls continue to lag. Sony Classics Pictures' Toni Erdmann scored a screen average of $16,710 from three theaters, and Julieta earned a screen average of $10,453 from seven theaters.
Jan. 1, 8 a.m.: Updated with Saturday grosses and revised weekend projections.
Jan. 2, 7:45 a.m.: Updated with estimated four-day numbers.