Monday, December 19, 2016

Rogue One is #1 at box office

For the weekend of December 16-18, 2016, Rogue One opened huge. The Star Wars stand-alone story is now the 12th highest opening weekend ever. It's the third-best opening weekend of 2016 (behind Captain America: Civil War and Batman v. Superman).

The other new wide release was Collateral Beauty, and considering its star power (Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, etc.), it's a big disappointment. It also had deadly reviews (13% at RottenTomatoes).

This was the first weekend after Golden Globes and SAG Award nominations were announced, and a big beneficiary was La La Land, keeping a strong per-screen average as it slowly expands. Also keeping up were Jackie and Lion, and Fences had a strong debut in limited release as well.

On their way down: Moonlight and Nocturnl Animals. Catch them if they're still around you. (I haven't seen Moonlight yet.)

Opens December 23
SING with the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Taron Egerton.
PASSENGERS with Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen and Andy Garcia.
ASSASSIN'S CREED with Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Irons.
WHY HIM? with James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch and Megan Mullally.

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