Three major-releases hit the box-office this weekend, but that wasn’t enough to stop “Rogue One A Star Wars Story” from taking the top-spot for another week. This week moviegoers had the option of seeing the supernatural action-thriller “Underworld Blood Wars,” the drama “Hidden Figures,” and the fantasy-drama “A Monster Calls,” but previous hits were still a popular choice at most locations. This weekend also expanded the limited-release of the drama “Lion,” and a few other noteworthy dramas. Despite the packed-house at the box-office, next weekend will bring even more new releases, with up to five new titles hitting your local cinema.
At its fourth-week at number-one, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” took the top-spot this weekend with a $21.97M domestic gross. The film remained in 4,157 locations this week, and has now earned over $477.27M domestically. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is already available to pre-order on sites like Amazon.com, so it’s currently ruling the home box-office pre-sale charts, as well as the domestic box-office. “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.
FOX’s “Hidden Figures” saw a massive jump from last week, the film expanded its domestic-reach this week after showing in limited-theaters. The film took second-place with a $21.8M weekend across 2,471 locations. The popular drama has now earned over $24.75M in just three-weeks, a terrific turnout for the studio. “Hidden Figures” was directed by Theodore Melfi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Allison Schroeder. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe.
Universal’s animated-comedy “Sing” dropped to third-place this weekend, pulling in $19.57M across 3,955 locations. Considering that the film has been going toe-to-toe with “Rogue One” for the past three-weeks, it has done quite well. The film has already grossed over $213.37M domestically for the studio, and is one of the more popular animated-comedies to be launched in late 2016. “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.
This weekend’s big-release was “Underworld: Blood Wars,” which had a crushing $13.1M debut across 3,070 locations. “Underworld Blood Wars” was directed by Anna Foerster, the screenplay was written by Cory Goodman. The original story was created by Kyle Ward. The film stars Kate Beckinsale, Theo James and Tobias Menzies.
Lionsgate’s “La La Land” grabbed fifth-place overall this weekend, pulling-in $10M across 1,515 locations. The award-winning musical has now grossed over $51.65M domestically for the studio, and is a favorite going into award-season. “La La Land” was written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the film stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Rosemarie DeWitt.
Still in a limited-release window, “Lion” did gross over $2.02M in just 600 locations. The drama has now earned over $9.81M for the studio, and is also up for several awards. “Lion” was directed by Garth Davis, the film is based on the book “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley. The screenplay was written by Luke Davies. The film stars Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.
“A Monster Calls” also expanded its reach this weekend, bringing in $2.01M across 1,523 locations. “A Monster Calls” was directed by J.A. Bayona, the film is based on the novel written by Patrick Ness, who also wrote the screenplay. The film stars Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones.
The box-office will be packed next weekend as well, with five major-releases hitting local cinemas. There will also be several options in limited-release screenings. Next week moviegoers can see the horror-thriller “The Bye Bye Man,” the animated-comedy “Monster Trucks,” the crime-thriller “Sleepless,” and the other crime-thriller “Live by Night”. The dramas “Patriots Day,” and “Silence” will also expand into more theaters.