‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ has third-largest 2016 opening as ‘Collateral Beauty’ crashes hard


Try to contain your shock—Rogue One, the latest entry in the Star Wars franchise, opened big this weekend, its $155 million domestic haul placing it behind only Captain America: Civil War ($179.1 million) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($166 million) among 2016 releases. That makes it the fifteenth highest-grossing film of the year after only three days. Internationally, Rogue One has brought in $135.5 million, making its worldwide total a whopping $290.5 million with release in China and South Korea still to come. Positive reviews and an A CinemaScore—and, you know, the fact that it’s a Star Wars movie—herald a good hold going into the holidays, though it will face substantial competition from a crowded Christmas weekend slate (Sing, Assassin’s Creed, Patriots Day, Why Him?, A Monster Calls and Passengers, plus Fences' nationwide expansion and Martin Scorsese’s Silence in limited release.)

Warner Bros. was less than successful in its counterprogramming efforts. Collateral Beauty, a critically excoriated feel-good Christmas drama, opened to only $7 million on 3,028 screens, making the film the worst wide release of Will Smith’s career. Its lackluster haul places it behind holdovers Moana (weekend gross $11.6 million, total gross $161.8 million), which dropped only 37.1% in its fourth week, and Office Christmas Party (weekend gross $8.4 million, total gross $31.5 million). Rounding out the top five was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; its weekend gross of $5 million brings its domestic total to $207.6 million and its worldwide haul to $717.4 million.

Moving on down the line, La La Land expanded from five theatres to 200 and brought in a very solid $4 million. That puts it narrowly behind fellow Oscar contender Manchester by the Sea, which earned $4.1 million on 1,208 screens in its fifth week. 

Among new limited releases, we have Denzel Washington’s Fences, which debuted to $128,000 on four screens for a $32,000 per-theatre average. Paramount will expand nationwide on Christmas Day. Also new to theatres were The Wasted Times ($90,000 on 20 screens), Neruda ($28,265 on three screens), Chosen ($2,471 on one screen) and The Bad Kids ($2,250 on one screen).