‘Rogue One’ Tops Box Office for 3rd Straight Weekend

Carrie Fisher’s passing helps draw “Star Wars” fans to theaters

Last Updated: January 1, 2017 @ 10:26 AM

“Rogue One” is one-again the No. 1 movie in the galaxy.

Top competition “Sing’s” final ticket tally was impressive but couldn’t overtake the behemoth that is the initial standalone “Star Wars Story.” Of course, that fact would be a tad unfair to pose as an actual criticism of the animated film’s solid performance — especially on the week of Carrie Fisher’s death, which surely sent Princess Leia Organa fans directly to their local movie theater to mourn.

“Sing” actually performed quite well, it just picked a fight with the wrong Death Star. “Passengers” is poised to take the bronze medal this weekend, which is built around four-day estimates due to another holiday.

“Rogue One” is expected to haul in just under $64 million over this 96-hour weekend. “Sing” is all set for second with a very nice estimated $53.7 million in tickets ripped.

Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence’s “Passengers” will come in third place with right around $20.6 million. “Moana” and “Fences” will be duking it out for fourth, and together should round out the Top 5.

A little further down the list, “Assassin’s Creed” is anticipated to settle for eighth place with a take of $10.5 million. “Why Him?” will fare better by an extra 2-2.5 million bucks.

“Rogue One’s” cumulative total should be just a bit beneath $439 billion by the time the kids are back in school. “Sing” will surpass $177 million. Not bad, you guys.

The James Franco-Bryan Cranston comedy “Why Him?” should head just above $37.5 million, chasing “Assassin’s Creed’s” $41.5 million cume.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s animated “Moana” ought to have eclipsed the $200 million mark when the box office reopens.

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