Three newcomers scored wide bows over the Christmas holiday with family film “Sing” and returning champ “Rogue One” easily winning the day.
The “Star Wars” spin-off is expected to pull in $96.1 million over the four day holiday, pushing its domestic box-office past the $300 million mark by Monday. The film has also racked up $523.8 million worldwide as of now.
Family-friendly “Sing” earned an impressive $76.7 million over its first six days of release and another win for Illumination and Universal who made it on a very economical $75 million production budget.
Newcomers “Assassins Creed” and “Passengers” on the other hand struggled to overcome their bad reviews. The Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence-led sci-fi romance “Passengers” earned $30.4 million over the five day period which was on the low end of expectations. “Assassin’s Creek” took in $22.5 million over the six day period. Both cost between $110-125 million each to make.
Fox’s R-rated comedy “Why Him?” also had difficulty but did a decent $16.7 million in four days – not bad for a film that cost just $38 million. Several films expanded – “La La Land” taking $9.7 million for the four day weekend, while “Fences” managed $11.4 million.