Disney’s Star Wars spin-off achieves second-highest December opening of all time behind The Force Awakens.
UK TOP FIVE
|Ranking||Film/Distributor||Weekend gross||Running total|
|1||Rogue One (Disney)||$21.6m (£17.3m)||$21.6m (£17.3m)|
|2||Moana (Disney)||$1.81m (£1.45m)||$8.55m (£6.86m)|
|3||Fantastic Beasts (WB)||$1.77m (£1.42m)||$56.1m (£44.89m)|
|4||Sully: Miracle On The Hudson (WB)||$767,000 (£614,000)||$7.1m (£5.7m)|
|5||Office Christmas Party (eOne)||$677,000 (£543,185)||$2.91m (£2.34m)|
(Note - Dollar conversions are based on today’s rates)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has landed at the top of the UK box office with the biggest opening of 2016.
Disney’s Star Wars spin-off blasted off with $21.6m (£17.3m), including $5.1m (£4.09m) from Thursday (December 15), from its 656 sites.
As well as being the biggest opening of 2016, that also marks the second-highest December opening ever behind The Force Awakens’ mighty $42.5m (£34m), including $12.1m (£9.68m) in previews, from 670 sites.
While its overall opening marked the biggest of the year, Rogue One’s Fri-Sun tally of $16.5m (£13.21m) is the fourth-biggest of 2016, behind Fantastic Beasts ($19.2m/£15.33m), Batman v Superman ($18.3m/£14.62m) and Captain America: Civil War ($18.1m/£14.47m).
With cinemas closed next Sunday due to Christmas Day and Christmas Eve not historically a strong cinema-going day, Rogue One will suffer a big drop this coming weekend, but will start to pull in healthy midweek numbers due to the school holidays.
Also for Disney, Moana dropped 24% on its way to a $1.81m (£1.45m) third weekend for $8.55m (£6.86m) so far. It will hope to prosper over the school holidays as it starts to gross more on weekdays.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them fell almost 50% with the arrival of Rogue One.
Warner Bros’ Harry Potter spin-off conjured up a $1.77m (£1.42m) fifth weekend for a magical $56.1m (£44.89m) to date. It is now the third highest grossing film of the year, behind only Bridget Jones’s Baby ($59.7m/£47.8m) and The Jungle Book ($57.7m/£46.2m).
Over the festive period, Fantastic Beasts will likely become the biggest film of the year to date, and overtake Prisoner Of Azkaban ($57.6m/£46.1m) in the process.
Also for Warner Bros, Sully: Miracle On The Hudson posted a $767,000 (£614,000) third weekend for $7.1m (£5.7m) to date. It is now Clint Eastwood’s third-best result as director.
Office Christmas Party fell 40% (excluding previews) with a $677,000 (£543,185) second weekend as it rounded off this week’s top five.
eOne’s festive comedy has now partied to $2.91m (£2.34m) after 12 days in play and will have to make the most of the coming week.
Also for eOne, Arrival took $164,000 (£131,260) for $11.1m (£8.88m) to date, while Bad Santa 2 stands at $2.35m (£1.88m) after four weeks in play.
Falling 34% in its ninth weekend, Fox’s Trolls grossed a further non-final $208,000 (£166,159) for $28.4m (£22.75m) to date.
Also for Fox, A United Kingdom and The Birth Of A Nation stand at $2.58m (£2.07m) and $278,000 (£223,517), respectively.
In its fourth weekend, Paramount’s Allied took $151,000 (£121,000) for $4.96m (£3.97m) to date.
From its 27 sites through Altitude, The Eagle Huntress - narrated by Daisy Ridley - posted a UK bow of $39,000 (£31,519), including $10,000 (£7,963) in previews.
In its second weekend, Vertigo Releasing’s Snowden uncovered $35,000 (£27,836) from its 77 sites for $402,000 (£324,076) to date.
After three weeks in play, Phoenix’s Pitbull: Tough Women has amassed $961,000 (£776,240).
CURZON ARTIFICIAL EYE
Through The Wall recorded a UK debut of $10,400 (£8,446), including previews, from its three sites through Curzon Artificial Eye.
This week sees saturation releases for eOne’s Ballerina (opens today) and Sony’s Passengers (opens December 21).
Arrow Films’ re-release of 2002 cult classic Donnie Darko is among the films receiving a limited release.