‘Star Wars’ Is Again the Franchise of Choice for Post-Holiday Viewing

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' easily topped a handful of new holiday releases.

In what’s looking to become an annual tradition, this year’s holiday weekend “Let’s go to the movies to avoid talking to each other” choice for family audiences was a Star Wars movie. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story easily topped the box office over the four-day weekend, adding $64 million to its absurd $155 million opening weekend, with steady revenues in the days between, racking up a total of $286 million thus far.

Sing, the latest animated effort from Despicable Me creators Illumination Entertainment, came in a distant but respectable second with $56 million, while the witheringly reviewed Chris Pratt/Jennifer Lawrence vehicle Passengers took third with $23 million. The week’s other new releases similarly sputtered: the Bryan Cranston/James Franco comedy Why Him? brought in $16 million in fourth place, and Assassin’s Creed, the videogame adaptation from (incongruently enough) the director and stars of last December’s Macbeth, managed only $15 million in fifth place. (Fences also expanded from four screens to over two thousand over the Christmas weekend, for a sixth-place, $11 million finish, though it will presumably show significant stamina as awards and nominations are heaped upon it in the weeks to come – an unlikely prospect for Passengers, Assassin’s Creed, or Why Him?)

Rogue One’s take was significantly smaller than Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in the same holiday timeframe last year – it brought in $149 million – but nonetheless confirms that the best diversion for cutting through the tension of political disagreements and poor gift choices is heading out to the multiplex to see a Star War; Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode XIII will continue that tradition when it hits theaters on December 15, 2017. And don’t forget, these holiday releases are semi-accidental – the first six Star Wars pics all came out in May, with The Force Awakens pushing back to December mostly due to delays caused by Harrison Ford’s on-set leg injury. So, Harrison Ford’s leg, America’s families salute you. You gave us something to listen to instead of Uncle Randy’s pro-Trump rants.