‘Rogue One’ Battling ‘Sing’ at New Year’s Box Office

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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Holiday season heavyweights “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Sing” will dominate North American moviegoing during the New Year’s weekend, with “Rogue One” likely to win with $60 million between Friday and Monday.

Early estimates Friday showed that the second weekend of the animated comedy “Sing” will be a close second, with about $50 million at 4,029 locations. Sony’s second frame of sci-fi thriller “Passengers” should lead the rest of the pack, with about $20 million at 3,478 sites for the four days, giving the Jennifer Lawrence-Chris Pratt vehicle a $65 million total by the end of the weekend.

Disney’s sixth weekend of the animated adventure “Moana” is expected to earn $18 million at 2,775 screens for a total of $217 million by weekend’s end. Lionsgate’s awards season contender “La La Land” is forecast to finish fifth with $12 million at 750 sites for the four days, lifting its total to about $37 million by Monday.

“Rogue One,” playing at 4,157 sites, is projected to wind up with an impressive $436 million as of Jan. 2, its 18th day of release. Should that forecast hold, the eighth “Star Wars” movie would become the 13th-highest grossing film of all time domestically, ahead of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’s” (1982) total haul.

Disney announced Friday that “Rogue One” had grossed $687.7 million worldwide after two weeks and was already the third-highest domestic grosser of the year. Starring Felicity Jones and Diego Luna, it trails only “Finding Dory” at $486 million and “Captain America: Civil War” at $408 million among 2016 releases.

Illumination-Universal’s “Sing” should reach about $174 million in the 13 days since its Dec. 21 launch. With a relatively modest $75 million budget, the film is already a major money-maker for the studio.

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  1. Saw them both but saw Rogue One 3 times !!!! Best one since Empire !

  2. loco73 says:

    I’d say well deserved for once…RIP Carrie Fisher…”Rogue One” has now turned into an oddly touching and moving tribute for her…

  3. Paully says:

    Time to see R1 for the 2nd time in IMAX.. I will wait until Wednesday of next week, after the kids are back in school..

  4. Cryptic Knowledge says:

    Sing is just an excuse to sell a soundtrack . Everyone fell asleep throughout the film. It was one of those horrible written scripts that didn’t sync at all. Which the studios don’t care because, well they’ll make money anyway. Here’s hoping people go back to Moana this weekend. Disney just knows how to do it.

    • Christina says:

      “Everyone” fell asleep? While you are certainly entitled to your OPINION, making broad statements as if they are fact really just makes you look foolish. Everyone I’ve talked to loves Sing (we’re going tomorrow). Apparently, it’s just you.

    • shawn says:

      Moana was nothing special.

    • navtej singh says:

      only animated movie i liked this year is zootopia, hated finding dory, moana and kubo and didn’t bother with sing

    • AllWiledUp says:

      What movie theater did you go to? I had to wait 3 days to get tickets. Theater was packed. Kids danced in the aisles, people burst into applause repeatedly. Film’s probably the most entertaining animated movie of the year (Kubo’s the best). Moana was plodding and dull. I know because when I couldn’t get tickets for Sing, I went and saw Moana. I imagine a lot of Moana’s box office this week is from people who couldn’t get into Sing.

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