‘Rogue One’ shoots down box office foes for fourth week
LOS ANGELES: “Rogue One,” the latest chapter in the “Star Wars” intergalactic saga, kept the box office force for the fourth consecutive week, industry estimates for North America showed on Sunday.
The Disney film, the first stand-alone episode in the eight-film series, follows the mission of rebel alliance fighters trying to steal plans to the Empire’s feared Death Star.
The movie pulled in $22 million this past weekend, according to box office monitor Exhibitor Relations, bringing its four-week total to $477.3 million.
The film “Hidden Figures” came in a close second, opening in wide release and raking in $21.8 million in its third week. The biographical comedy-drama based on a book of the same name recounts the story of African-American mathematicians who helped NASA to put the first men in space, while dealing with segregation in the workplace.
Universal’s animated musical “Sing” fell to third, with a $19.6 million take over the weekend and an accumulated total of $213.4 million.
The actors who voice the cartoon characters — Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon — also do their own singing.
The horror film “Underworld: Blood Wars,” starring Kate Beckinsale as a vampire death dealer clinched fourth place with $13.1 million in its debut weekend.
“La La Land,” a nostalgic tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals took fifth with $10 million, bringing its cumulative receipts after five weeks to $51.7.
Rounding out the top ten were:
“Passengers” ($8.8 million)
“Why Him?” ($6.5 million)
“Moana” ($6.4 million)
“Fences” ($4.7 million)
“Assassin’s Creed” ($3.8 million)