Print Edition - 2017-01-03  |  Life & Style

The force stays with Rogue One

- Agence France-Presse, LOS ANGELES

Jan 3, 2017-

Rogue One, the latest chapter in the Star Wars intergalactic saga, kept a firm grip on the box office top spot for a third straight week, industry estimates for North America showed on Sunday.

The Disney film, the first stand-alone episode in the eight-film series, follows the mission of rebel alliance fighters trying to steal plans to the Empire’s feared Death Star. 

At this point in the three-day New Year’s holiday weekend, Rogue One has taken in $49.7 million in US and Canadian theaters, bringing its three-week total to $441 million, Exhibitor Relations reported.

Universal’s animated musical Sing was the runner-up for a second straight week, with a $41.4 million take so far this weekend and an accumulated total of $177.3 million.

The actors who voice the cartoon characters—Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon—also do their own singing.

The Sony sci-fi thriller Passengers maintained its third-place position, though far behind the two leaders, with a $16.1 million take in its second week, for total revenues of $61.4 million.

The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt as astronauts who accidentally awaken from hibernation—90 years too early—during a deep-space mission.

Published: 03-01-2017 08:51

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