The first full weekend of the new year kicks off with three pictures opening wide: Oscar hopeful Hidden Figures, sci-fi franchise entry Underworld: Blood Wars, and sci-fi drama A Monster Calls. You can peruse my detailed prediction posts on that trio of newcomers here:
Even with the infusion of fresh product, I do not anticipate the two-week old first and second place combo of Rogue One and Sing to change. That said, I do believe Figures stands the best chance at outperforming my estimate.
As for Blood Wars, I expect it may be the first Underworld pic of the five to open under $20 million and that puts it in fourth.
La La Land is getting a large theater expansion and should hit the top five with Passengers in sixth. The rest of the top ten could be rather tightly clustered with Monster likely outside of the top ten. And with that, a top ten predictions for the weekend:
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Predicted Gross: $28.2 million
Predicted Gross: $25.3 million
3. Hidden Figures
Predicted Gross: $19.3 million
4. Underworld: Blood Wars
Predicted Gross: $17.6 million
5. La La Land
Predicted Gross: $12.8 million
Predicted Gross: $9 million
Predicted Gross: $6.7 million
Predicted Gross: $6.6 million
9. Why Him?
Predicted Gross: $6 million
10. Assassin’s Creed
Predicted Gross: $4.2 million
Box Office Results (December 30-January 2)
The four-day New Years weekend gave Rogue One its third weekend atop the charts, though it didn’t quite match my expectations. The spin-off took in $65.5 million (under my generous $79.9M forecast) for a still eye-popping $440M total.
Sing was second with $57.2 million, in line with my $56.6M projection for a two-week $180M take.
Passengers was third at $21 million, above my $18.3M prediction for a $66M overall gross.
Moana made $15.1 million for fourth place (higher than my $12.7M prognosis). It’s made $214M.
Rounding out the top five was Why Him? with $13.1 million, under my $16.1M estimate for a $37M tally.
In sixth, Fences also made $13.1 million (above my $9.8M prediction) for a $32M total.
Oscar favorite La La Land expanded its theater count and earned a scorching $12.5 million for seventh (I said $10M). It’s danced to $37M thus far.
Eighth place: Assassin’s Creed with $11.3 million, in range with my $12.2M take for a $42M gross.
The pictures in ninth and tenth were ones I incorrectly had outside my predicted top 10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them made $5.6 million (overall earnings: $225M) and Manchester by the Sea took in $5.4 million ($29M total).
Collateral Beauty was 11th with $5.4 million (I said $5.2M) for a weak $27M gross. Office Christmas Party was 12th with $4.5 million (I was a touch higher at $5.8M) for a total of $52M.
And that does it for now, folks! Until next time…