Last weekend of the year to go to 'Rogue One'
2016 goes out with a whimper, not a bang, as a grand total of zero new wide releases debut over New Year's weekend. That means Rogue One will hold onto the top spot, bringing its box office reign to a nice, round month. The rest of Christmas weekend’s top five—Sing, Passengers, Why Him? and Assassins Creed—are expected to hang around in that same order, though Assassins Creed and Why Him? should suffer pretty substantial drops, thanks to poor reviews and a less-than-enthusiastic B+ CinemaScore for each. Ditto Passengers, which opened soft last weekend despite the presence of megastars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Hey, there's always football.
Keeping slow and steady is Denzel Washington’s Fences, which expanded from four theatres to 2,233 over the Christmas holiday and adds another small handful of screens going into the new year. It should land under Assassins Creed (2,996 screens) but with a higher per-theatre average; expect this one to have some hold as co-star Viola Davis continues to garner much-deserved Oscar buzz.
Other than that, it’s a pretty quiet week. Documentary Dr. Feelgood opens in limited release, and Martin Scorsese’s Silence and Peter Berg's Patriots Day continue their limited runs in four and seven theatres, respectively, in advance of nationwide expansions next week.