Box Office: “Rogue One,””Sing” and “Hidden Figures” finish in dead-heat

boxThe weekend’s blizzard over much of the northeast made calling the movie box office race tough until late Saturday night.

For a while, it looked as if “Hidden Figures,” the historic drama about African American mathematicians and the early space program, might pull off the upset. It looks to clear $21 million by midnight tonight.

But “Rogue One” ended up winning the weekend, packing in another $22-23 million, with “Sing” managing another $21-22.

January always means more “Underworld” and “Resident Evil” movies. “Underworld: Blood Wars,” opened at $13 million. The last in the franchise? Maybe. The “last” “Resident Evil” is due out at the end of the month.

“Passengers” has a slim chance of clearing $100 million at the U.S. box office, now, “Why Him?” will clear $50 million by Tuesday.

“A Monster Calls” has great reviews and opened wide — not 3-4,000 theaters wide, but wide enough. And it didn’t crack the top ten. A fairy tale with somber undertones and a dying mother is not much of a draw and it didn’t crack the top ten.

Oscar contenders “Fences” and “La La Land” remain in the top ten, “Manchester by the Sea” fell out. Will “Hidden Figures” get an Oscar nominations bounce to go with its big opening?

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