The top five movies at the box office this week are Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the Disney animated film Moana, Office Christmas Party, Collateral Beauty, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Star Wars taking the #1 spot is not really a surprise as it is its opening weekend. Even though the movie deviated from the main Star Wars timeline, meaning that it is not a saga film, you can never count the Star Wars fan base out, and besides … Darth Vader. Yeah, no surprise there.
Moana came in at #2 so Disney executives must be very, very happy as they managed to take the first two spots at the box office this week. In its fourth week since release, Moana is a fantastic movie and currently the only children’s movie in theaters until next week’s release of Illumination’s Sing. I’m glad to see people are still going out to watch this film.
Coming in at 3rd place was the comedy Office Christmas Party. This is its second week in theater, and the movie does have a few things going for it: it is the only comedy out right now so it will draw in crowds looking for a fun time and some laughs, it does have a very nice cast, and it is a holiday-themed movie. I have not personally seen this movie so I can’t attest to its quality but even though it came in third, it did so with the (relatively) weak number of $8.6 M. This is not an extraordinary number given it is its second week, but I for one would think thought it might do a little better. This might be a sign regarding the film’s quality. I see this movie making #3 by default, not because of its quality or merits but because of a lack of competition.
Will Smith’s new film Collateral Beauty came in at #4 making only $7.1 M on its opening weekend, a surprisingly low number for a Will Smith movie. I honestly believed that this movie would do slightly better than $7.1 M, and I have seen this movie but I will refrain from expressing my opinion too directly. Regardless of what one’s opinion might be, this release had very promising, intriguing trailers and some great actors such as Will Smith, Ed Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Peña, Helen Mirren, and Kiera Knightley. With a cast like this the film should have been able to make more than it did. Maybe this was a case of “If I’m only going to watch one movie this week, it will be Star Wars” and that’s why it performed so poorly. Still, this movie’s poor performance can only be partially blamed on Rogue One.
And finally #5 at the box office was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them representing the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. Fantastic Beasts made $5.1 M on this which is pretty good given that it’s been out for five weeks now, and Rogue One came out this week. Due to the lackluster nature of the box office this week – of course excluding Disney – Fantastic Beasts was able to keep the fight going and hang on to fifth place. It’s good to see the fans of this franchise are still out there supporting it. All in all this was a pretty decent week for movies, once again for Disney it was a great week. Office Christmas Party did okay, Collateral Beauty did surprisingly disappointing but Rogue One alone was enough success for this weekend making $155.0 M domestic. It was expected to see Rogue One at the number one spot in its opening weekend but it is still impressive to see the number it generated. This was a pretty diverse week at the box office which is nice. We have two big blockbuster films in Rogue One and Fantastic Beasts, a comedy, a drama, and an animated children’s movie. Say what you will about any of the numbers these movies made but it is great to see that there are options for all different kinds of tastes out in theaters.