‘Rogue One’ Soars Over Box Office Competition With $22.8 Million Friday

Animated film “Sing” places second with $13.1 million

The Force is still with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” as it zoomed past a crowded field of challengers to maintain its number one spot on the Friday box office.

Disney and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” spinoff featuring a cast including Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen and Riz Ahmed hauled in $22.8 million across 4,157 theaters on Friday.

“Rogue One,” which follows Gyn Erso (Jones) on a journey to receive her father’s plans for destroying the Death Star, a superweapon used by the Galactic Empire, has made $244.8 million at the domestic box office since its Dec. 16 release date, and $442.7 million worldwide. Gareth Edwards directed the film, which was written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy.

“Sing,” an animated musical comedy from Universal and Illumination, placed second with $13.1 million at 4,022 theaters. The film, which opened Wednesday and has a cumulative of $33.7 million, features a voice cast including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, John C. Reilly, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly. Garth Jennings wrote and directed the film.

Sony’s Chris Pratt-Jennifer Lawrence space romance “Passengers” picked up $4.5 million at Friday screenings across 3,478 locations, which was good enough for the third slot. The film, which also opened Wednesday, was written by Jon Spaihts and directed by Morten Tyldum

“Why Him?” a Fox comedy starring Bryan Cranston and James Franco, surprisingly edged past the studio’s other newcomer, the Michael Fassbender-Marion Cotillard video-game adaptation “Assassin’s Creed,” for fourth place on Friday. “Why Him?” scooped up $3.9 million at 2,917 theaters, while “Assassin’s Creed,” another Wednesday release, earned $3.7 million across 2,970 locations.

Disney’s “Moana,” Paramount’s “Office Christmas Party,” Warner Bros. and New Line’s “Collateral Beauty,” Warner Bros. Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and Lionsgate and Summit’s awards contender “La La Land” made up the rest of Friday’s top ten.