Weekend Wrap-Up

Box Office Tries To 'Party' Prior To Rogue One

By John Hamann

December 11, 2016

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Doctor Strange is fifth, and hasn't left the top five despite six weekends of release. This weekend, the Marvel product earned another $4.6 million and dropped 31%. The Benedict Cumberbatch starrer has now earned $222.4 million domestically, and an awesome $423 million overseas. Strange cost Marvel and Disney $165 million to make, and is a bet that's going to pay off handsomely.

Finishing sixth is Allied, Brad Pitt's failed WWII espionage thriller. In its third weekend, Allied earned $4 million, and declined 43% compared to last weekend. After three weekends, Allied has picked up $35.6 million on the domestic side, and $34 million on the overseas side. These amounts are not nearly enough to support the $85 million spent on the production of this one.

There's a new film in the top ten this weekend - Nocturnal Animals - which means Amy Adams now has two films in the top ten box office earners. Animals, also starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon, expanded from 127 theater last weekend to 1,262 venues this frame. The gross moves from $700,000 last frame to $3.2 million this weekend, an increase of 356%. While a solid result from limited release, this one cost $22.5 million to make, so it has a long way to go to see a profit. It's smart that distributor Focus Features decided to drop this on this date, as they can expand further as Christmas approaches.

Manchester by the Sea moves up from an 11th place finish last weekend to eighth this frame, as it moves from 156 venues to 356. The result was a gross of $3.2 million, up 39% compared to last weekend. This small, $8.5 million film now has a domestic gross of $8.3 million and is going to be a major story as awards season looms large.

Trolls is ninth. The kid flick from DreamWorks Animation earned another $3.1 million this weekend and fell 34%. Trolls has now earned $145.5 million domestically and another $171 million overseas, but that's not enough against a $125 million budget.


Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge spends another weekend in top ten. After earning $3.3 million last weekend, Hacksaw drops 31%, earning $2.3 million. The $40 million film has now earned $60.9 million stateside and has another $23 million from overseas cinemas.

Jessica Chastain and Miss Sloane finish just outside of the top ten. Despite being out to 1,648 theaters, Miss Sloane could only manage a weekend gross of $1.9 million, likely not good enough to position itself into the Oscar race. If there is good news, this one cost only $13 million to make, so with a gross to date of $2 million, the bleeding will not be too bad.

Finally, La La Land opened this weekend on five screens, and had a huge gross for a film in limited release. The Oscar-worthy release pulled in $855,000, giving it a very impressive venue average of $171,000. It will be interesting to see how a musical like this performs over the holiday season.

Overall, the top 12 films performed admirably, despite not having a $20 million plus opener. The top 12 films pulled in $76.4, which is at least better than last year when In the Heart of the Sea flopped with an $11 million opening, bringing last year's top 12 up to only $69.5 million. We all know what happens next weekend - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens, and is joined by Will Smith's Collateral Beauty. Those two openers alone should bring in $150 million plus, leaving the box office in a very healthy position as we head into the 12 Days of Christmas Box Office.

Top Ten for Weekend of December 9-11, 2016
Estimated Gross (millions)
Weekly Change
Running Total (millions)
1 Moana Walt Disney 18.8 -33% 145.0
2 Office Christmas Party Paramount 17.5 New 17.5
3 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Warner Bros. 10.8 -41% 199.3
4 Arrival Paramount 5.6 -23% 81.5
5 Doctor Strange Walt Disney 4.6 -31% 222.4
6 Allied Paramount 4.0 -43% 35.6
7 Nocturnal Animals Focus 3.2 +356% 6.2
8 Manchester by the Sea Roadside Attractions 3.2 +39% 8.3
9 Trolls 20th Century Fox 3.1 -34% 145.5
10 Hacksaw Ridge Lionsgate 2.3 -31% 60.9
11 Miss Sloane Europacorp 1.9 +4136% 2.0
12 Almost Christmas Universal 1.4 -45% 40.2
La La Land Lionsgate 0.9 New 0.9
Jackie Fox Searchlight 0.5 +78% 0.9

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