“Rogue One” blows up the box office, and it’s the End of Will Smith as we know him

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Yeah, everybody figured “Office Christmas Party” was the movie to be this weekend, right? Blockbuster in the offing.

Nah.

Will Smith’s latest Shamesless Grab for an Oscar? “Collateral Beauty” is the worst Will Smith opening is the worst Will Smith opening since, oh, “Six Degrees of Separation.” Under $7 million. Terrible reviews didn’t help.

That means that little old “Star Wars” installment guaranteed to buttress Disney’s bottom line owns the field. A $156 million opening weekend, well shy of the inferior “Force Awakens” weekend record ($247 million). But as Deadline.com notes, “Rogue” is building audience as the weekend progresses. Friends telling friends, “Hey, it’s better than “Force.”

Is the wingnut backlash against “political correctness” in the movie (unfounded, in this case) having an impact? Only Fox News & Friends will be making that argument. Fox is just mad that Disney has the rights to SW now.

A couple of legit Oscar contenders crack the top ten — “Manchester by the Sea” and “La La Land.” I’m lukewarm on the latter, but it should garner nominations.

And “Nocturnal Animals” is enjoying the only weekend it will have in the top ten. Not a contender, in my book.

“Jackie” and “Lion” are doing great business in limited release.

“Moana” ($162 million and counting) continues to mop up the animated market, and “Fantastic Beasts” ($207 million) is the WB consolation for the quick death of “Collateral Beauty.”

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