Box office: Rogue One hits while Collateral Beauty flops

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The Star Wars franchise had another big hit at the box office this week, while a once reliable box-office draw had the worst opening of his entire career.

Rogue One, the first Star Wars movie that doesn’t focus primarily on the Skywalker family, earned an estimated $155 million between Thursday and Sunday nights.

That was the third-best opening of the year (behind Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), the second-best opening for a Star Wars movie (behind The Force Awakens), and the 12th-best opening of all time.

Rogue One has already beaten the lifetime gross of every other film that features the following actors (listed here with their previous personal bests):

  • Forest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera), Platoon (1987, $138.5 million);
  • Diego Luna (Cassian Andor), Elysium (2013, $93.1 million); and
  • Donnie Yen (Chirrut Îmwe), Blade II (2002, $82.3 million).

Rogue One’s first-weekend earnings also mark a new best opening for the following actors (listed here with their previous best first weekends):

  • Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014, $91.6 million);
  • Mads Mikkelsen (Galen Erso), Doctor Strange (2016, $85.1 million);
  • Riz Ahmed (Bodhi Rook), Jason Bourne (2016, $59.2 million);
  • Jimmy Smits (Bail Organa), Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005, $108.4 million); and
  • Alan Tudyk (K-2S0), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011, $97.9 million).

The one major co-star with an even bigger opening under his belt is Ben Mendelsohn (Orson Krennic), who was also in The Dark Knight Rises (2012, $160.9 million).

The other brand new wide release this week was Collateral Beauty, which tanked in fourth place with $7 million — the lowest opening of any wide release in Will Smith’s career. (You have to go back to 1993’s Six Degrees of Separation, which never played in more than 201 theatres, to find a film of his with a smaller debut.)

Ironically, just four months ago, Smith had the best opening of his career by far when he took part in the ensemble cast of the supervillain movie Suicide Squad.

One other film cracked the top ten for the first time this week.

La La Land, a musical about an actress and a musician trying to make a living in Los Angeles, landed in seventh place with $4 million after expanding to 200 theatres. (Every other film in the top ten this week was playing in at least 1,200 theatres.) La La Land has earned $5.3 million in total since opening in five theatres last week.

Meanwhile, in other box-office news…

Moana earned $11.7 million and ranked second in its fourth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $161.9 million. The film has earned another $118.4 million overseas, for a global total of $280.3 million.

Office Christmas Party earned $8.5 million and ranked third in its second week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $31.5 million. The film has earned another $19.8 million overseas, for a global total of $51.3 million.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them earned $5 million and ranked fifth in its fifth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $207.7 million. The film has earned another $509.8 million overseas for a global total of $717.5 million.

Manchester by the Sea, earned $4.2 million and ranked sixth in its fifth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $14 million. The film has earned another $505,000 overseas for a global total of $14.5 million.

Arrival earned $2.8 million and ranked eighth in its sixth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $86.5 million. The film has earned another $49.1 million overseas for a global total of $135.5 million.

Doctor Strange earned $2 million and ranked ninth in its seventh week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $226.1 million. The film has earned another $426.8 million overseas for a global total of $652.9 million.

And Nocturnal Animals earned $1.4 million and ranked tenth in its fifth week, thereby raising its domestic cume to $8.8 million. The film has earned another $11.4 million overseas for a global total of $20.2 million.

Next week brings us Sing, Passengers, Assassin’s Creed, Why Him? and Fences.

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