This weekend, Rogue one helped the box office make a big rebound, while Collateral Beauty bombed and Manchester by the Sea had a decent nationwide expansion. Here is how the weekend went down.
Rogue one was in the lead with a $155.1 million debut. While this is a bit below the $170.7 million opening weekend I predicted, and outside of the top ten highest debuts, this is still a very strong start. It is the second highest December debut ever behind last year's The Force Awakens ($248 million). It is also the third highest debut of 2016 behind Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million) and Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million). Films that open in December tend to have very long legs, so it is still virtually guaranteed to be the top grossing film of the year and one of the highest grossing films of all time.
In second place, Moana eased 31.3% and added on $12.7 million. Its total is at $162.9 million and should be passing $200 million before too long.
In third place, Office Christmas Party declined 49.2% and added on $8.6 million. Its total through Sunday is $31.7 million.
Collateral Beauty struggled this weekend in fourth place with a $7.1 million opening. This is exactly half of what I predicted it would open to. The terrible reviews it has will not help it much, either.
Rounding out the top five, Fantastic Beasts fell 51.3% and added on $5.1 million. Its total is at $207.7 million.
Outside of the top five, Manchester by the Sea had a good turnout in its nationwide expansion with $4.2 million
In other news, I have just looked at The Secret Life of Pets and it has passed Despicable Me 2 to become the highest grossing Illumination Entertainment film ever domestically with $368.2 million. However, Minions and Despicable Me 2 still rule worldwide with $1.159 billion and $970.8 million, respectively, while Pets is at $875.1 million worldwide and not looking to get much higher.