In Theaters This Week 2016 Farewell

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, K-2SO, Alan Tudyk

Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  I hope you’ve seen something over the last month that you want to catch up on, because nothing is opening wide this week.  Nada.Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

With no new releases, look for your theaters to expand wide limited releases that are already in play.  Some Oscar contenders have specific dates to go wide (like Patriots Day next week and A Monster’s Call in two), but others are there to pick up whenever the theater wants to expand them.  This is our final box office column for 2016, and assuming I’m right with this week’s pick (Star Wars does not require Nostradamus), KT will finish 2016 with a 39-5 record.  Not too shabby.  Certainly worth taking me to Vegas.

HOW DID WE DO LAST WEEK?
KT picked Rogue One for the repeat, and it handily outpaced all Christmas competition, passing $650 globally and passing The Secret Life of Pets to become the third highest grossing film of 2016 in the States with $358.6 (though while I typed that, it made another million).  It has only Finding Dory and Captain America: Civil War to pass for 2016’s crown, and it should get Cap this week and Dory the next at its current pace.  Also opening strongly in second was the animated film Sing with $35.3 million.  (Lifetime prediction record 38-5).
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WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
Rogue One will finish out the year of Disney Dominance with one more weekend atop the box office.  I think next weekend’s combination of Underworld 5 and Patriots Day going wide will be enough to knock it off its throne (or not, Disney may never leave the top spot).
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Death Star, Scarif

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