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Box Office: ‘Rogue One’ Adds $18 Million on Friday, Targets Third Straight Weekend at No. 1

Variety logo Variety 12/31/2016 Seth Kelley
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As the new year approaches, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is eyeing a box office three-peat, while “Sing” continues to hit the right note with moviegoers.

The former, from Disney and Lucasfilm, earned $18.2 million on Friday from 4,157 locations on its way to over $65.2 million over the four-day holiday weekend. Illumination and Universal’s animated feature, directed by Garth Jennings, continues to show strange with $16.8 million on Friday at 4,029 locations. The movie, which includes a star-studded voice cast, should belt out $54.6 million during its second weekend in theaters.

© Provided by Variety The two films are standouts this weekend, ahead of third place “Passengers,” the science fiction romance starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. The movie earned $5.7 million at 3,478 locations on its way to a $20 million second weekend for Sony. Disney’s animated adventure “Moana” and Paramount’s “Fences” — directed by and starring Denzel Washington with co-star Viola Davis — round out the top five on Friday with $4.3 million and $3.4 million respectively.

La La Land,” still in limited release at 750 locations, looks to notch the sixth spot after earning just over $3 million of Friday. Damien Chazelle’s original musical from Lionsgate, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, should earn about $12 million this weekend. On Friday, the film passed “Hell or High Water” to become the highest-grossing movie in limited release for the year.

To close out the year, “20th Century Women” and “Paterson” were the only new films released, both at four locations. The former, a comedy-drama from Mike Mills starring Annette Bening earned $40,000 for A24 on Friday. The latter — a drama starring Adam Driver from writer and director Jim Jarmusch and released by Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street — made $24,000.

After Friday’s tally, Disney announced that “Rogue One” passed the threshold to become the third-highest earning film at the domestic box office this year. It trails only “Finding Dory” at $486 million and “Captain America: Civil War” at $408 million. The film was directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones.

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