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'Rogue One' tops box office for 4th straight week

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/8/2017 By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer
This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson in a scene from "Hidden Figures." (Hopper Stone/Twentieth Century Fox via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson in a scene from "Hidden Figures." (Hopper Stone/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Star Wars" is still dominating the movie universe, with "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" leading the box office for the fourth straight week.

The intergalactic adventure edged out the NASA drama "Hidden Figures" for the top spot this weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Rogue One" brought in $21.97 million. "Hidden Figures" — which expanded by more than 2,000 theaters Friday after opening in limited release — collected $21.8 million.

"It's a great weekend for space movies," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore, noting that the Jennifer Lawrence-Chris Pratt space story "Passengers" also remains among the top 10.

"Rogue One," though, has been unstoppable, Dergarabedian said, and is expected to top "Finding Dory" as the biggest box-office success of 2016.

The animated animal musical "Sing" was in third place this weekend, taking in another $19.5 million for a three-week haul of $213.3 million. "Underworld: Blood Wars" debuted in fourth place with $13.1 million, followed by the celebrated musical "La La Land" with $10 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," $21.97 million.

2. "Hidden Figures," $21.8 million.

3. "Sing," 19.5 million.

4. "Underworld: Blood Wars," $13.1 million.

5. "La La Land," $10 million.

6. "Passengers," $8.8 million.

7. "Why Him?" $6.5 million.

8. "Moana," $6.4 million.

9. "Fences," $4.7 million.

10. "Assassin's Creed," $3.8 million.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy .

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