It’s a brand-new year at the box-office and Star Wars is still ruling the galaxy. Studios held off on premiering any major-releases this week, but new content will be coming to theaters next weekend. Starting on January 6th, moviegoers will get to choose from the supernatural action-drama “Underworld 5,” the drama “Hidden Figures,” and the fantasy-drama “A Monster Calls”.
Fans are still pouring into “Rogue One,” the new Star Wars installment brought-in an additional $49.53M this weekend for Disney. The sci-fi space drama remained in 4,157 locations this week, and has now made over $424.91M domestically in just three-weeks. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is already available to pre-order on sites like Amazon.com, prepping for the film’s domination of the home box-office charts as well. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was directed by Gareth Edwards, working off a screenplay written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy. The film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk.
Universal’s animated-comedy “Sing” landed in a close second-place with $42.82M over the holiday weekend, the film remained in 4,029 locations over the holiday. The animated-hit has now been in theaters for two-weeks, but has already grossed $166.42M for the studio. “Sing” was directed by Christophe Lourdelet and Garth Jennings, the script was written by Jennings. The animated-comedy features the voice-talents of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Seth MacFarlane.
“Passengers” from Sony Pictures remained in third-place on the domestic-charts this weekend, only bringing in $16.15M across 3,478 locations. This raises the film’s two-week total to $61.45M for Sony. “Passengers” was directed by Morten Tyldum, the script was written by Jon Spaihts. The space-drama stars Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt and Michael Sheen.
Disney’s “Moana” jumped two-spots over the weekend to finish in fourth-place overall with $10.97M domestically. The film, which remained in 2,775 locations, has now grossed over $210.03M for Walt Disney Studios. “Moana” was directed by Ron Clements and Don Hall, working off a screenplay written by Jared Bush. The story was written by Ron Clements. The animated-comedy features the voice-talents of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson and Rachel House.
The adult-comedy “Why Him?” landed in fifth-place on the domestic-charts this week, pulling-in $10.6M across 3,008 locations. The FOX comedy has been in theaters for two-weeks now, but has only grossed $34.61M for the studio. “Why Him?” was directed by John Hamburg, who also co-wrote the script with Jonah Hill. The film stars Zoey Deutch, James Franco, Tangie Ambrose, Bryan Cranston and Megan Mullally.
There were two limited-releases to watch for this weekend, “20th Century Women” and “Paterson”. Of the two, “20th Century Women” had the highest theater average, pulling in $112k across 4 locations. The drama, from studio A24, averaged $28,176 per theater and ended the week with $180K. “20th Century Women” was written and directed by Mike Mills, the film stars Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig.
“Paterson” brought-in $69K this weekend, that film also opened across 4 locations. With an average of $17K per location, the film went on to make over $100K in its opening week. “Paterson” was written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, the film stars Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani and Nellie.
It’s worth noting that the drama “Hidden Figures” is also doing quite well during its limited-release schedule. The film earned $858K for FOX across 25 locations this week, and the film has now grossed over $2.32M in just two-weeks.
Next week moviegoers will get to choose from “Underworld 5,” and “A Monster Calls.” The film “Hidden Figures” will be expanding its reach next weekend, so check your local cinema if you haven’t had a chance to see it.