Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped to fourth place at the box office over the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday weekend. After topping the box office for weeks, Rogue One was overtaken by Hidden Figures, which lands in first place for the second week in a row, grossing $26 million over the three-day weekend. The film has taken in domestic earnings of $60.4 million so far. Hidden Figures stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae as NASA employees whose contributions helped send John Glenn safely into space. It’s an empowering and moving film and fitting that it dominated the box office over the MLK holiday weekend.
Just because Rogue One has lost its spot at the top of the box office, the standalone Star Wars film still brought in $17.1 million and has now surpassed $500 million at the domestic box office. This also makes it one of the highest-grossing films of 2016 and makes it only one of seven films to reach and pass $500 million.
After winning a ton of awards at last week’s Golden Globes, La La Land took second place with a total of $17.5 million bringing it to $77 million domestically. In third place and still holding remarkably steady is Illumination Animation’s Sing, which made an additional $19.2 million, bringing its domestic gross to $238.4 million.
Rounding out the top five is the newly released The Bye Bye Man, the horror film that managed to surpass Ben Affleck’s Live by Night, which made only a disappointing $6.1 million on a $65 million budget, and the Mark Wahlberg film, Patriots Day, which grossed $13.6 million when its initial projections called for an expected $18 million. The Bye Bye Man grossed $15.3 million when it was only expected to bring in $10 million. On a budget that was less than its initial projections, it’s a win for STX Entertainment.
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