Still to open in 2016 are potential hits like Assassin’s Creed, Passengers, and Sing, which all open on December 21. Furthermore, Disney’s animated hit, Moana, is slated to gross near $85 million in its first five days, and surely will have some legs as we approach the new year. Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter prequel/spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is also in its second weekend of release and has grossed an estimated $129 million to date. Of course, the grand daddy of all the late 2016 releases is the first Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which will be released domestically on December 16th.
Rogue One is currently projected to gross in the neighborhood of $130 million over its opening weekend and could move past $250 million before the new year. With 2015, however, including such hits as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, 2016 may not have the muscle to move past the record $11.12 billion domestic record. Still, with over a month left in 2016, and quite a few hits yet to be released, it’s not over until it’s over.