Proving that the force is well and truly on its side, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has come out on top at the Australian box office for the third week in a row during the competitive holiday season.
The eighth film in the Star Wars franchise is the first in the anthology, or spin-off series, of movies set in a galaxy far, far away.
Starring Felicity Jones and Diego Luna, Rogue One has spent three weeks at the top, taking in more than $37 million, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA).
As the family-friendly Boxing Day releases rolled out, two cartoons came in second and third behind the galactic juggernaut with the Illumination Entertainment musical Sing, featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, in second place with more than $4 million in box office takings edging ahead of Disney’s latest cartoon, Moana ($3.9 million).
WWII drama Allied, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, comes in fourth just ahead of the James Franco/Bryan Cranston comedy Why Him?
The much-hyped contender for the upcoming awards-season, La La Land, a musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, couldn’t compete with its fellow recent releases despite its seven Golden Globe nominations and just landed in at sixth position.
The divisive Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt sci-fi Passengers comes in at seventh place, while the Australian family-friendly prequel Red Dog: True Blue came next taking in more than $1.5 million.
The video game-to-movie Assassin’s Creed, starring Michael Fassbender and directed by Australian Justin Kurzel, just made it into the Australian top 10 in its first week of release, while animated film Trolls was tenth in its second week of release – the only movie in the top 10 not to clear the $1 million mark, making $803,997.
TOP 10 FILMS FOR THE WEEKEND DEC 29 – JAN 1:
1 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Walt Disney) – $5.88 million
2 Sing (Universal) $4.44 million
3 Moana (Walt Disney) -$3.98 million
4 Allied (Paramount) – $2.6 million
5 Why Him? (Fox) – $2.25 million
6 La La Land (Entertainment One) – $1.97 million
7 Passengers (Roadshow) -$1.63 million
8 Red Dog: True Blue (Roadshow) $1.56 million
9 Assassin’s Creed (Fox) – $1.27 million
10 Trolls (Fox) – $803,997
(Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia)