Xmas Box Office: “Rogue One” rules, “Sing” sings, “Why Him?” “Assassins Creed” and “Passengers” get lumps of coal

passengers3I doubt you could call an $18 million opening for the pricey space romance “Passengers” passable, even if this wasn’t a four-day holiday weekend. Even if it wasn’t the poorly-reviewed pic’s opening weekend.

There’s no spinning the bad news on “Assassin’s Creed,” either. It opened Wed. and will have tallied $22 million by midnight Monday. On a $130 million budget? Nope.

“Why Him?” is giving audiences a “Why bother?” vibe. Weak reviews didn’t help.  It will clear $15 million by end of biz the day after Christmas.

But enough bad news. “Sing,” an animated all-star animals sing the hits “comedy,” is pulling families in. To the tune of $76 million, per Deadline.com. 

And “Rogue One” have tallied $108 million by Monday night, despite a middling 55% fall-off from its opening weekend. “Force Awakens” scared people off, and one more movie about a Death Star — even one about building it and stealing “those plans,” may be too many.

“Collateral Beauty” is bombing and could lower Will Smith’s salary quote. But he may have a little longer grace period, even though “Concussion” under-performed and “Suicide Squad” — which did over $325 million — left nobody happy.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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