LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Sony's "Passengers" had a successful launch in China over the weekend, generating a respectable $38.1M for the studio, according to estimates compiled by comScore.
The sci-fi thriller features Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt cast as travelers stranded on a interstellar space ship with the attendant environmental risks and claustrophobic romantic possibilities fully explicated in the film.
Disney's Star Wars spin-off Rogue One continued to post strong results, adding an estimated $35.7M for the weekend and with $979.95 million in cumulative box office receipts, looks to be well on the way to crossing the billion dollar threshold in the near future.
Meanwhile, the weekend proved to be dismal for two Hollywood figures. Ben Affleck's passion project "Live by Night" a prohibition-era gangster film in which he stars and directs, grossed just over 6 million from 2,822 theaters as it debuted over the four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Equally anemic was auteur Martin Scorsese's independently financed "Silence" was estimated to have garnered just $2.3 million from 737 theaters as it opened over the long weekend. A historical piece, set in Feudal Japan, the film was a passion project for Scorsese, who also brought films such as "Goodfellas," "Raging Bull," and "Taxi Driver" to the big screen.
The top 10 worldwide weekend box office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, January 15, are below.
Passengers – Sony – $38.1M
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Disney – $35.7M
La La Land – Lionsgate – $32.3M
Sing – Universal – $27.0M
Assassin's Creed – 20th Century Fox – $24.6M
Moana – Disney – $20.8M
Hidden Figures – 20th Century Fox – $20.4M
Bye Bye Man, The – STX Entertainment – $14.7M
Monster Trucks – Paramount Pictures – $14.5M
Patriots Day – Multiple – $13.3M