To no one’s suprise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story took first place at the box office this weekend with $155 million. It opened over the weekend in 4,157 theater locations and is now in secondplace for best December opening, behind last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened to $247.9 million.
Rogue One is the first standalone Star Wars film and things are looking good for Disney and Lucasfilm as they expand the galaxy far, far away. Globally, the film has raked in $290.5 million. Rogue One will surely be taking the 2016 box office to new heights as the final weeks of December roll in more box office numbers. The film cost $200 million to make and boasts a diverse cast. It has also received positive praise from critics and general audiences alike. Rogue One did really well in IMAX locations, garnering $29.2 million globally and $19 million domestically. It was the first film to open on 400 IMAX screens.
Will Smith’s Collateral Beauty pretty much bombed during its opening weekend, coming in fourth place. The film has received negative reviews and only opened to $7 million in 3,028 theater locations. This is a career low for Smith as this film is the lowest-opening film he’s ever had. Collateral Beauty, which cost $36 million to make, boasts a large and well-known cast that includes Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley, Edward Norton, Michael Peña, and Helen Mirren. But even that couldn’t get people to go see it. Internationally, the film grossed $4.6 million in sixteen markets.
After three weeks at number one, Disney’s Moana fell to second place with $11.7 million and has now grossed a total of $161.9 domestically. Office Christas Party comes in third place with $8.5 million and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them rounds out the top five with $5 million.
At the specialty box office, Manchester by the Sea continues a strong run, coming in in sixth place with $4.2 million in 1,208 theaters. Damien Chazelle’s musical, La La Land, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling grossed $4 million in only 200 theaters, landing it in seventh place. This is highly impressive and no doubt the positive word of mouth and large number of nominations for the film have helped.
What did you see this weekend? Did you have a chance to catch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Let us know in the comments!