“Hidden Figures”

“Fence”s moved up from 7th last week to 6th place with a 50% increase from last weekend’s numbers, earning just over $10 million this weekend, bringing its total to $34.2 million to date. Predictions are that the film could top off around $60-65 million which would be a great tally for the film which cost under $24 million to make. Although, at the rate its going, it could gross higher.

“Hidden Figures” is still in limited release on just 25 screens; it saw its box office numbers increase this weekend by 66% grossing $858,000, for a total to date of $2.6 million. The film finally goes wide this Friday; the good buzz and high anticipation from filmgoers should easily put in in the top ten next weekend.

As for the rest of the top 12, practically all of the films are exactly where they were last week, and all of them, with the exception of two, saw huge increases in their weekend numbers. For the third week in a row, “Rogue One” was number 1 on the list with $49.5 million, and a total domestic gross to date of $459.7 million, meaning that the film is not going to be running out of gas anytime soon. Add to that another $350 million that the film has made overseas so far, and it’s obvious that, though 2016 was pretty much a bummer year for everyone, it was at least a great year for Disney which had its most successful year ever at the box office, grossing some $3 billion. And that’s just here in the U.S. Even the huge $170 million flop that was “Alice Through the looking Glass” last spring couldn’t hurt the studio. And even then, when the worldwide grosses for the film are added up, it just about broke even for Disney.

Universal/Illumination’s animated film “Sing” has turned out to be a bigger hit than even they imagined, coming in second again for the second week in row with $42.8 million, and a total of $180 million to date. With those numbers, it’s clear that the French based company Illumination is quickly becoming the box office equal to Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks in terms of animated films.

Sony’s sci-fi romance “Passengers” once again was third, but with a much more modest increase of just 7% for a $16.1 million weekend, and a total of $66 million so far; while Disney’s animated film “Moana” is still showing very strong box office legs with just under $11 million for the weekend, $213 million domestically and over $403 million worldwide.

“La La Land” continues to be the little film that could, earning $37 million in the States and $65 million worldwide to date. Meanwhile the only two films to show a box office decrease this weekend were the lame comedy “Why Him?”- although it still did well enough to come in fifth with $10.6 million this weekend, and $37 million total. It’s actually pulling in decent numbers overseas for a worldwide total to date of $52 million.

The other film to show a decease was, not surprisingly, the Will Smith starrer “Collateral Beauty,” which is struggling with just $25.8 million at the moment and another $20 million overseas.

The top 12 grossing films for the weekend follow below:

1) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story BV $49,539,000 Total: $424,917,705
2) Sing Uni. $42,820,000 Total: $166,421,490
3) Passengers (2016) Sony $16,150,000 Total: $61,450,201
4) Moana BV $10,974,000Total: $210,033,039
5) Why Him? Fox $10,600,000 Total: $34,618,587
6) Fences Par. $10,045,000 Total: $29,747,144
7) La La Land LG/S $9,530,000 Total: $34,245,199
8) Assassin’s Creed Fox $8,600,000Total: $39,643,518
9) Manchester by the Sea RAtt. $4,239,250 Total: $28,463,901
10) Collateral Beauty WB (NL) $4,150,000 Total: $25,791,500
11) Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them WB $4,100,000 Total: $224,120,251
12) Office Christmas Party Par. $3,572,000 Total: $51,118,675