‘Hidden Figures’ Orbits 2nd Straight Box Office Victory

“La La Land” comes on strong as newcomers “Monster Trucks,” “Patriots Day” underperform

Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s “Hidden Figures” had another triumphant weekend, taking in $8.5 million on Saturday for an estimated $20.5 three-day weekend and a projected $25.3 million MLK Day holiday weekend.

Illumination and Universal’s hit “Sing” came in second, with a three-day gross of $13.8 million and estimated four-day gross of $18.5 million, bringing its domestic cumulative up to $237.7 million.

Lionsgate’s “La La Land” will come in third this holiday weekend, grossing another $5.8 million at 1,848 locations in North America, including 148 IMAX screens.

The studio is reporting a three-day gross of $14.5 million and a projected four-day gross of $17.5 million, which would bring its cumulative total up to $77.1 million domestically for the musical that won a record seven Golden Globes last weekend.

Disney and Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” also had another strong weekend in its fifth run at the box office. The “Star Wars” prequel grossed an estimated $13.8 million over the three days and $17.2 million over the four days, bringing its domestic total to $498.9 million.

STX Entertainment’s horror film “The Bye Bye Man” overperformed this weekend and took in an estimated $13.38 million, with it on track to gross $15 million over the four-day holiday weekend.

The film, co-financed by Los Angeles Media Fund, was directed by Stacy Title while Jonathan Penner adapted the script from the short story “The Bridge to Body Island” by Robert Damon Schneck. It was produced by Intrepid Pictures’ Trevor Macy, who created the idea after reading a horror anthology novel titled “The President’s Vampire.” Its CinemaScore is C while its Rotten Tomatoes score is at 27 percent.

Mark Wahlberg’s “Patriots Day” is estimated to earn $14.25 million this weekend after grossing another $4.36 million on Saturday night. The fact-based drama is in line for weekend estimates of $15 million, although box office analysts had predicted a $20 million opening.

The movie, also starring John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Kevin Bacon and Michelle Monaghan, has a CinemaScore of A+ and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 79 percent.

Director-star Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” took in an estimated $5.4 million over the three-day weekend after adding another $1.9 million on Saturday. The period thriller, which also stars Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller and Zoe Saldana, has a 32 percent RT rating with a CinemaScore of B.

Paramount isn’t expected to have a good MLK weekend.

The studio’s long-on-shelf action film “Monster Trucks” looks to earn just $14.1 million over the four days ($10.5 million over three days) against a $125 million budget.

In September, the studio’s parent company Viacom reported a $115 million writedown for a movie believed to be “Monster Trucks.” Heading into the weekend, the studio had anticipated a $8 million to $10 million opening. However, the film has a CinemaScore of A.

The studio’s other film, director Martin Scorsese’s “Silence,” expanded nationwide to 747 theaters and earned $1.9 million over the three days and is expected to gross $2.3 million over the four days. The film’s budget was in the mid-$40 million range, and its cumulative through Monday is estimated at $3.4 million. The period drama stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson and has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 84 percent.

Lastly, Open Road Films released “Sleepless,” a thriller starring Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan and Gabrielle Union. The indie company is expecting around $10 million for the four-day weekend ($8.5 million over the three days) on an estimated production budget of around $30 million. The film has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 11 percent and a CinemaScore of B+.