I hope everyone had a happy holiday, I’m sure I did, but it’s time to get back to business. Movies don’t stop coming out just cause you’re on vacation! So let us see who won this weekend’s Box Office Battle!
1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $64,377,000
Lucasfilm strikes gold for the second weekend in a row with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Dropping only 58.5% from week one to week two, it isn’t an exaggeration to say that Rogue One will be the first in a long line of non-Saga films to hit the big screen. While the only official spin-off on the Lucasfilm schedule right now is the young Han Solo movie starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, there has been talk of a Boba Fett movie as well as one centering on Obi Wan Kenobi. While it’s unclear which characters will get their own time in the spotlight and which will stay where they have been for years, it is clear that the future is bright for the Star Wars universe no matter what happens to the Skywalkers.
2. Sing – $35,258,000
Taking the silver this weekend is the newest Illumination picture, Sing. Behind successes such as Despicable Me and this Summer’s The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination seems to be rising in the animation ranks. While they aren’t on par with the likes of Disney or Pixar just yet, the company has consistently put out entertaining animated movies for the whole family. While it only made this much in the weekend, the movie has actually been out since Wednesday, making the current domestic total a nice $76 million. So in less than a week Sing has already made its money back, meaning the movie about an animal singing competition has nowhere to go but up. I mean it’s not in talks for the best animated picture at the Oscars, but it’s good for what it is.
3. Passengers – $15,055,oo0
And now for the second biggest bomb of the weekend, Passengers. Oh, were mistakes made here. A space movie tried to go up against Star Wars. STAR WARS. EVEN STAR TREK WOULD BE MORE UNDERSTANDABLE (no offense to the Trekkies, but you know as well as I do that Star Trek Beyond didn’t make half what Rogue One did in it’s opening weekend), BUT NO IT’S STAR WARS. And if that wasn’t bad enough, there movie was anything but a critical darling. Even with beloved stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, this movie was doomed to fail from the very beginning. This movie had a budget of $110 million! This movie would be lucky to break even by the time its run is over. What a shame, because originally I really dug the trailers too.
4. Why Him? – $11,000,000
Now for something a bit more positive, the R-rated comedy Why Him?. This movie is the first comedy Bryan Cranston’s done in quite some time, which makes my heart happy. While I haven’t yet seen this movie, I do remember fondly the all comedic Cranston you saw on Malcolm in the Middle. Never would I have imagined that Cranston would take a stroll through the drama genre with Breaking Bad and The Infiltrator, and yet now I am surprised he’s made his way back to comedy. Joined by James Franco, this seems to be a great comedy to see if you don’t want your heart broken by Rogue One.
5. Assassin’s Creed – $10,278,000
And now for the biggest flop of the weekend, Assassin’s Creed. Video game fans will find this news the most disappointing, considering how many of them were banking on this to be the franchise to bring video games to the big screen. Just 6ish months ago we saw Warcraft try and fail, becoming a success only thanks to international audiences, so this was supposed to be the one. Alas a movie that cost $125 million to make only made $10 million this weekend. That’s not good, not at all. I haven’t seen it (not trying to waste my hard earned Christmas money), but I think what Rotten Tomatoes has to say about it really says it all:
Assassin’s Creed is arguably better made (and certainly better cast) than most video game adaptations; unfortunately, the CGI-fueled end result still is still a joylessly overplotted slog.
They called it a slog, man. It doesn’t get much worse than that. This leaves the hope of video game nerds up to the new Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander (who just so happens to be with Michael Fassbender, talk about a coincidence). Like Passengers, I did have hope for this movie. Unfortunately I was once again left disappointed. Bummer.
Fences – $6,688,000
Fences is the story of a black man dealing with race relations, raising a family in the 1950’s, and his own past. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name, Fences is a welcome story in today’s film landscape. Starring heavy hitters such as Denzel Washington and Viola Davis (who also took part in the play’s 2010 Broadway revival), this movie is definitely gonna make #Oscarssowhite seem like a thing of the past. The powerful movie just opened wide this weekend, bumping the film up from #25 to #7. This is definitely something worth seeing, not only for African Americans but for anyone in the mood to a moving drama.
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